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New EZ Switch release from SMC Networks

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SMC Networks, a global provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, has announced the launch of the latest members to the EZ Switch 10/100 family: two Fast Ethernet PoE switches SMCFS801, SMCFS1601P, and the Gigabit Ethernet PoE switch SMCGS801P.
PoE ports can automatically detect and supply power to IEEE 802.3af/at-compliant powered devices (PDs).
The eight port SMCFS801P and SMCGS801P products are designed without fans to enable the unit to run completely silently and reliably in any location.
In addition, the SMCGS801P and SMCFS1601P products support QoS (quality of service). When two 802.3az-compliant switches are connected, the SMCGS801P can save up to 74% power consumption.
Relying on SMC’s proprietary Green Saving technology, the switches allow less power consumption during periods of low activity by detecting both link status and cable distance, thus saving on costs as well as reducing carbon emissions.
The switches are able to auto-detect link status and automatically cut off power at a given port during periods when unconnected or a PC is turned off, without any affect on performance or stability.
SMC Networks underlines the following key benefits and features:
* PoE features – switches can provide up to 30W of power to attached devices, such as VoIP phones, wireless access points or surveillance cameras, all over existing Category 5 cables (Cat. 5).
They can deliver up to 30W on eight ports, or up to 15,4W on all 16 ports with a total PoE Power Budget 105-200W. Furthermore, they can eliminate the need for individual power sources for devices in the network, saving on costs for power cables and avoiding power outlet availability constraints.
* Plug-and-play – the switches are completely plug and play; no configuration is necessary. These plug-and-play switches are an ideal choice for integrating Fast/Giga Ethernet and boosting LAN bandwidth for small to medium-sized workgroups.
* Auto MDI/MDI-X on each port – support for Auto-MDIX means that no cross-over cables are required. Straight-through cables can be used for all connections.
“This is a powerful addition to the extensive EZ Switch range. Its value to the evolution of networks lies in the fact that it addresses power requirements, links into the growth of advanced network peripheral infrastructure and eliminates often complicated configuration or management requirements,” says Paul Luff, country manager, SMC Networks South Africa.
“It falls in line with SMC’s solution strategy for developing markets and we are very excited about its entry.”