Netgear GSM7324 Is All Business

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-07-28 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Netgear's first layer 3 gigabit switch is proof the company is serious about a push into the small- and medium-size business marketplace.

Netgears first layer 3 gigabit switch is proof the company—best known for its consumer routers and hubs—is serious about a push into the small- and medium-size business marketplace. Released earlier this month, the $3,400 GSM7324 24-Port Layer 3 Managed Gigabit Switch features 24 copper 10/100/1,000M-bps Ethernet ports. The unit also incorporates four optional Fibre Gigabit Ethernet small-form-factor, pluggable slots.

In my tests, the GSM7324 deftly handled basic hardware-based Layer 3 routing. In addition to SNMP support, the switch supports the high-performance routing protocols youd expect in enterprise-class products.

I configured my test unit using the browser-based configuration interface. The management console not only showed which ports were being used in real time but also allowed me to designate ports to different VLANs.

More information about the GSM7324 switch can be found at www.netgear.com.

 
 
 
 
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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