Netgear is launching two new switches for the 2.5GbE era. The Netgear MS510TXM is the traditional switch while the MS510TXUP is the PoE++ version from the company. Both are 10-port switches with networking connectivity that STH readers are going to be interested in as they mix 1/2.5/5/10GbE onto switch platforms.
Netgear MS510TXM and MS510TXUP Switches
Both switches are very similar. The Netgear MS510TXUP is effectively a PoE++ version of the Netgear MS510TXM.
Each switch has four ports of 1GbE/ 2.5GbE ports. The next four ports operate at 1GbE/ 2.5GbE/ 5GbE/ and 10Gbase-T speeds. Finally, there are two SFP+ ports for fiber 10GbE uplinks.
The big addition is that the Netgear MS510TXUP adds PoE++. This is what Netgear calls its “Ultra60” or up to 60W per port on the RJ45 ports. The switch itself has a PoE power budget of 295W so it is not enough to drive all of the ports at full power, but not all PoE++ devices are using a full 60W so it is common to over-provision power budgets.
The switches are being billed as “Layer 2+/ Layer 3 Lite” switches which is common in the edge market.
Overall, these are decent specs. Some major implications of using the 10GbE ports as uplink ports are that there is up to 50Gbps worth of ports for devices and 20Gbps for uplinks. That is a bit more oversubscription than some other switches we have seen in the space. This is largely due to the fact we are seeing downstream port speeds increase while the uplink ports remain at 10Gbps. In most installations with these switches, that is not going to have an impact. Still, it is just an interesting note of this generation.
Something else that is nice here is that with the higher-speed ports, one can service 2.5GbE ports today, but as higher-end devices become available one can use the ports that can do 5GbE and 10GbE as well.
As we move into the new decade, 2.5GbE is going to start displacing 1GbE. There are a number of reasons behind this. We have desktops with low-cost NIC options as one reason, but there is a much larger reason, 1GbE is not fast enough for the emerging WiFi 6(E) infrastructure as a wired backhaul. Furthermore, as 5G becomes more commonplace, the entire wired edge will need to update or become obsolete. While QoS metrics are still favorable on wired connections, if one can get >1Gbps on WiFi, >1Gbps on 5G LTE, and >1Gbps WAN connections, then having a 1GbE wired infrastructure feels decidedly obsolete. It is good to see that Netgear is updating, but we do wish this transition happened faster.
Let us know if these are switches you want us to formally review.