Linksys and ZyXEL recently updated their product portfolio for SMB (small and medium business) networking gear. The updates came in the managed switches category for both companies. In addition, ZyXEL also introduced two new gateways.

Linksys

Linksys had recently lost ground as a SMB market leader, but, after Cisco's sale of the business unit to Belkin, things have been improving rapidly. Last month, they announced the Pro series wireless access point (LAPAC1750PRO) with support for cluster managment (handling multiple access points from a single interface) and a customizable branding portal. It also had dual GbE ports for increased throughput as well as redundancy. As with any AP in this market segment, the unit could be powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet). This 3x3 802.11ac AP was priced at $500.

However, the standout announcement came this month for their managed network switches. Usually, we see vendors putting out 24 and 48-port switches, but Linksys is introducing 28 and 52-port ones. There are four models: LGS528, LGS552, LGS528P and LGS552P. The P models come with PoE+ support (802.3at) and have a 30W power budget per port. The 52 port models come with two 10 GbE uplink ports (SFP+). The non-PoE+ models are priced at $550 and $850 for the 28 port and the 52 port versions,
while the PoE+ models are priced at $950 and $1300. Note that these switches support Layer 3 static routing also.

ZyXEL

ZyXEL announced an update to the venerable GS2200 layer 2 managed switches yesterday in the GS2210 series. The updated internals reflect in lower maximum power consumption. The GS2210 also has a larger packet buffer. The lineup consists of 24-port and 48-port models with PoE (HP models) and without PoE support. Pricing for GS2210-24 comes in at $499 while the HP variant will come in at $799. The 48-port versions are priced at $1099 (GS2210-48) and $1349 (GS2210-48HP). I have been using the GS2200-24 24x7 at home for the last three years (not just as part of a testbed), and I have to say that the unit has been silent and reliable all through after initial setup.

A couple of Internet Access Gateways were also announced, targeting the hospitality market. The UAG5100 supports up to 800 concurrent devices with dual WAN capabilities and an integrated WLAN controller for managing up to 32 Wi-Fi APs. The UAG2100 supports up to 200 devices, has a built-in 802.11n AP and an integrated WLAN controller to manage up to 8 Wi-Fi APs. The firmware features of both units are geared towards monetization of Internet services as well as recording of user access information for auditing and security purposes.
 

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  • CamdogXIII - Friday, August 01, 2014 - link

    it would be nice if the managed switches weren't so expensive. I'd like one at home to tinker around with, and maybe even put some PoE equipment on them. But 500$ for a switch? not happening Reply
  • Daniel Egger - Friday, August 01, 2014 - link

    Not sure what you're talking about, ("smart") managed switches with PoE start at around €85 here. For $500 you can get something like my Cisco SG200-26P which is already somewhat high up the line... Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, August 02, 2014 - link

    Depending on what you need a managed switch for, a common IT trick is to use an inexpensive 24-port 10/100 manage switch (can be had for under $200) in combination with gigabit switch(es) that can pass 802.x (802.1q, as, etc) from the managed switch to the nodes. That was the endpoint connection is gigabit but the management is from the legacy switch. This is good for VLANs, magicpacket/WOL, static assignment, MAC filtering, flow control, duplex config, bandwidth throttling, and so on. Most decent switches can pass at least 802.1q. This is becoming an even more common configuration as companies upgrade to VOIP and opt for PoE switches, but don't want to pay for an expensive switch, and for the time needed to program it. Reply
  • ganeshts - Friday, August 01, 2014 - link

    I got the GS2200-24 managed switch for $200 from Newegg back in 2011. You just need to be on the lookout for the perfect deal :)

    PS: I still don't understand how it was priced that low - It is still being sold, and the current price is $385!
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  • Daniel Egger - Friday, August 01, 2014 - link

    "... and I have to say that the unit has been silent ..."

    Despite the said lower power consumption this device has a fan according to the image so something seems odd here...

    It's pretty strange anyway that companies are optimising efficiency of the devices but still manage to have uncontrolled cheap-ass fans in their devices needlessly sucking one Watt or two and getting on everyones nerves... Heck, if you decide to replace the built-in crappy blowers with something decent (like a Papst) and a PWM controller you'll be greeted with annoying warnings that your fan(s) have failed...
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  • ganeshts - Friday, August 01, 2014 - link

    The GS2200-24 (that I have at home) is fanless. However, the newly introduced GS2210-24 is actively cooled according to specs. Reply

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