New 16/24/48-Port Gigabit Web Smart Switches offer an affordable solution for SMBs looking to reduce their energy-consumption
LONDON, UK – 04 December, 2008 – Providing an economical way for SMBs to benefit from the increased bandwidth of Gigabit Ethernet, D-Link has introduced its new Gigabit Web Smart Switch range. With three models to choose from -- DGS-1216T/1224T/1248T -- the series provides a flexible choice for different network requirements.
Equipped with D-Link’s Green Ethernet technology, the switches provide dynamic detection of cable lengths, reducing the power needed accordingly. Traditional switches use full power to send data through the Ethernet cables regardless of cable lengths, so when a cable is shorter, most of the power is lost in heat dissipation. Because the Green Ethernet switches reduce heat dissipation, they are more durable and the components in the switch last much longer*.
The switches also react when a device attached to it is turned off, by placing the corresponding port in a standby mode that requires less power. This feature can save up to 32% of the power used by the switch**. Typically, fans are a key energy consumer - the DGS-1216T and DGS-1224T come with an innovative fanless design for a 19” metal case, further reducing energy consumption and also providing silent operation.
To support the launch of the new Web Smart Switch series, D-Link has had its switches independently tested - validating its claims that its Green Ethernet switches deliver true energy savings. In the power consumption testing, conducted by Broadband-Testing Labs, the DGS-1224T recorded consumption figures amounting to less than a watt of power required to drive over a gigabit per second throughput. Typically, even a 10/100 switch (without gigabit) would use 50-100% more power in basic operational mode.
The DGS-1224T was tested on its gigabit port active/inactive control to see how much power the device consumes. In Green Ethernet mode, power consumption was reduced from 20.7 watts (24 ports enabled, no traffic) to 9.3 watts. To put this into some perspective, PCs in standby mode can consume between 10 and 15 watts, according to the BBC.
“The launch of the new Gigabit Web Smart Switch series introduces the concept of energy-saving networking for SMBs at a very affordable price,” said Andrew Mulholland, Marketing Manager D-Link UKI. “These independent test results confirm that the Green Ethernet switches deliver on their green promise and represent an ideal way for businesses to respond to their environmental responsibilities at a time when reducing energy-consumption is an absolute must.”
Housed in a new style rack-mount metal case with easy-to-view front panel diagnostic LEDs, these switches provide extensive security features and the option to connect fibre links with 2 SFP expansion slots. With versatile management, the Web Smart Switches provide businesses with simple and easy management of the network using an intuitive SmartConsole utility or a Web-Based management interface. This allows administrators to remotely control their network down to the port level and the web-based GUI allows switch access from any location on the network or from a remote site, using a web-browser.
The switches also comply with EU regulations such as the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), which focuses on using recyclable packaging to reduce waste.
The DGS-1216T, DGS-1224T and DGS-1248T are available now and have a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of £119.99 inc. VAT, £179.99 inc. VAT and £399.99 inc. VAT respectively.
*The DGS-1216T has a meantime between failure rate of 228,450 hours. This figure is over three times that of a mainstream conventional competitive switch
**Assuming that PCs are used for 10 hours a day and powered off 14 hours a day.
Celebrating 21 years of “building networks for people,” D-Link has grown into a billion dollar global designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics and voice and data communications products. D-Link is responsible for 21% of all LAN switching ports worldwide, second only to Cisco. The company’s solutions are ideal for digital home, small- to medium-sized business (SMB) and enterprise environments. D-Link was recently included in BusinessWeek Magazine’s ‘Info Tech 100’, a listing of the world’s best Information Technology companies.
In Europe, D-Link has 20 offices and is headquartered in London. The region is strategically critical for the company and represents one third of its global revenues. For more information, visit www.dlink.co.uk
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