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ZyXEL Announces New GS2210 Series Gigabit Layer 2 Switches

By Casey Houser July 30, 2014

Secure broadband networking solutions manufacturer, ZyXEL, announced this week its new GS2210 Series Gigabit Layer 2 Switches.

The official announcement says the switches work well in converged networking situations such as those that occur in the hospitality, healthcare, business, and education markets. The ZyXEL website says its new products tackle those markets by shaping the network traffic and managing the security of networks that utilize IP surveillance, videoconferencing, IPTV, and other VoIP-based services across individual networks.

ZyXEL says the switches provide L2 multicast and Internet group management protocol snooping features which allow them to streamline bandwidth associated with VoIP technologies. They can handle IP surveillance and IP-based phone applications for large institutions. The switches can even manage virtual local area networks so, for instance, guests of hotels can have their own data streams within a unified network.

The switches can also manage quality of service by handling bandwidth throttling, while maintaining access rights in situations such as classroom settings. Teachers and students often require different access levels within their schools' networks, for example, and some individuals need more bandwidth than others. Regarding latency-sensitive applications within an education network, such as those that handle videoconferencing, ZyXEL's switches can even prioritize such applications over those which are not latency-sensitive.

Furthermore, the switches provide levels of security through advanced features like IP source guard, which prevents IP address spoofing and man-in-the-middle attacks. The switches also come with power over Ethernet capabilities that allow the devices to work well with IP telephony and IP surveillance devices. The switches operate an intelligent structure that monitors the device consumption and requirements of each device to which they connect. They can then provide only the amount of power needed so businesses can reduce overall energy consumption.

Edited by Adam Brandt

Contributing Writer

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