The new FortiSwitch 124E FPoE is Fortinet’s new Layer 2 managed switch.
The FortiSwitch 124E is a secure and simple ethernet solution with superb performance. It is perfect for threat-conscious small to medium businesses. The FS 124E is easy to manage from the familiar FortiGate interface. It’s the same simple, single pane of glass that provides you with total visibility and control of all users and devices on your network.
Managing the FortiSwitch 124E
The FortiSwitch 124E integrates tightly into the Fortinet Security Fabric via FortiLink, a unique, cutting-edge tool. This allows any FortiGate firewall to manage any FortiSwitch. Thereby, the FortiSwitch becomes a logical extension of the FortiGate. As a result, the 124E blends directly into the Fortinet Security Fabric. Then, you just manage your FortiSwitch right from the familiar FortiGate interface. The nice thing is, it’s a “single pane of glass” interface. This provides complete visibility and control of users and devices on the network no matter how they connect.
The integration between the FortiGate and FortiSwitch is superb. One of the most useful features is that you can completely isolate devices that compromise the network.
Tell me about PoE and PoE+
Power over Ethernet delivers electrical power to PoE-enabled devices using your CATx (CAT-5, CAT-6, etc.) network cables. Since you don’t need to run electrical wiring, PoE saves money in materials and install time. It’s also flexible, especially for remote applications, since it doesn’t require a nearby electrical outlet. These and other benefits have led to a big increase in PoE’s popularity in recent years.
The way PoE works is simple. Ethernet cable that meets CATx standards consists of four twisted pairs of cable. Simply put, PoE sends power over these pairs to PoE-enabled devices. First PoE standards use two twisted pairs to transmit data, while the remaining two pairs are used for power transmission. However, the new PoE+ standards allow power and data to be sent over all four twisted pairs. Essentially, PoE+ can deliver up to nearly twice as much power per port as PoE.
Under the hood
The FortiSwitch 124E has 24 GE RJ45, and 4 GE SFP ports. It delivers 56 Gbps of Switch Capacity, and 83 Mpps Packets per Second. Additionally, it has 4 ms latency. Lastly, it supports 4000 VLANS. A FortiGate firewall will be able to manage anywhere from 8 to 300 FortiSwitches, depending on the model.
The 124E is ideal in converged network environments delivering voice, data and wireless traffic across a single network. Specifically it will suit threat conscious small to medium businesses and branch offices.
And, since we’re premier Fortinet specialists, Corporate Armor is your best bet if you want to find out more about the FS 124E. Our advice will be driven by your unique needs, nothing more. So please reach out to us here, or call 877-449-0458. We can’t wait to serve you!
- Identifies devices and authenticates users prior to granting access to the network
- Centralized security management and reporting from FortiGate interface
- Up to 48 ports in a compact 1 RU form factor
- Stackable up to 256 switches per FortiGate depending on model
- Power over Ethernet capable, including PoE+