Datto Inc. has added two entry-level wireless switches to its networking product line.
Called the L8 and L24 and designed in response to feedback from MSPs, the new units are the first of what will eventually be a broader family of L-Series devices optimized for environments with lower power requirements. L-Series switches bear lower price points than Norwalk, Conn.-based Datto’s earlier E-Series models as well.
“As the newest additions to Datto Networking’s line of switches, the L-Series reinforces just how much Datto values the feedback of our MSP partners and our commitment to responding with solutions that help them address their client needs,” said John Tippett, vice president of Datto Networking, in prepared remarks. “We look forward to evolving our networking solutions together with our partners as we continue our expansion in this space.”
The L8 is an eight port switch with an overall PoE budget of 55 watts. The L24 has 24 ports, plus two SFP slots and two RJ45 ports. Its total PoE budget is 250 watts. Like all Datto switches, both products come with extensive layer 2 functionality, including IEEE802.3ad Link Aggregation, Port Mirroring, Port Trunking, and more.
Datto launched its networking portfolio in January, and integrated it with the ConnectWise Automate RMM system in June at its 2017 North American DattoCon partner conference. The company introduced a new managed power distribution unit at that event as well.
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The L-Series will initially include two models: the L8 and the L24. Equipped with a basic overall PoE budget, both switches deliver power capabilities for every port up to PoE+ and offer full Layer 2 management functionality. The L-Series switches are optimized for deployments with a lower overall power demand. Being offered at a more modest price point, Datto partners can also deploy L-Series models in environments that do not currently call for PoE, while future-proofing the customer and the MSP for unforeseen PoE requirements.