Netgear ProSAFE FS116P
|Number of ethernet ports||16||48||16||24||16|
|Ethernet speed||Fast Ethernet (100Mbps)||Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps)||10GB Ethernet (10,000Mbps)||Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps)||Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps)|
The Netgear ProSAFE FS116P is a switch with 16 Fast Ethernet network connectors, 8 of which support PoE (Power over Ethernet). PoE allows you to supply AC power to other PoE network devices, such as IP cameras. The Netgear ProSAFE FS116P has a sturdy metal casing, so it can take a beating.
A switch, such as the Netgear ProSAFE FS116P, is basically an intersection or junction box within the network. A switch shares the connected devices with each other in order to transfer files. You can use a switch when you want to connect more devices to the internet, but there are no more free connectors on the router.