Allied Telesyn offers Layer 2 for less

Allied Telesyn is driving down the price of Fast Ethernet wiring closet switches with a 24-port box priced at $37 per port.

The AT-8124XL Layer 2 switch gives network managers a low-cost product for connecting PCs to a workgroup server or network backbone. The switch includes remote management features, and also supports several quality-of-service (QoS) technology standards for prioritizing traffic.

At $37 per port, the AT-8124XL beats the industry average per-port cost for Fast Ethernet switches by more than 50%. Research firm IDC reports a current average sale price of $84 for nonmodular Fast Ethernet ports and predicts that the average price will drop to $41 by 2004.

The AT-8124XL features 24 fixed-configuration ports of 10/100M bit/sec Ethernet. The device also supports 802.1Q virtual LAN tagging and 802.1p priority queuing features for segmenting a network and providing QoS and traffic shaping capabilities to a workgroup. Up to 8,192 MAC addresses can be supported by the switch.

The device can be managed using remote monitoring, SNMP and telnet. A serial port connection also allows a user with a laptop or PC to configure and troubleshoot the device when it is detached from the network.

According to IDC, Fast Ethernet will remain the standard for enterprise network connectivity well into the future. The firm predicts that the installed base of 10/100M bit/sec switch ports will grow from 147.5 million this year to 487.6 million in 2004.

The AT-812XL is available now and costs $880.

Allied Telesyn: www.alliedtelesyn.com

This story, "Allied Telesyn offers Layer 2 for less" was originally published by Network World.

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