SMC Networks, a global provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, announces the launch of the latest members to the SMC EZ Switch 10/100 family, the SMCFS1601 and SMCFS2401.

With no configuration required, each Fast Ethernet switch is simple to set up – and network migration is seamless as the rack-mountable switches are equipped with 10/100 Mbps auto MDI/MDIX ports.
Relying on SMC Network’s proprietary Green Saving technology and adhering to IEEE’s Energy Efficient Ethernet standard, 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. In addition, both switches actively detect the presence of short cables and then determine the appropriate power level based on cable length.
Frank Emmerlich, European and African marketing manager, says, “SMC’s Green Saving technology offers small and medium-sized businesses practical, real-world methods to reduce costs and cut carbon emissions.
"For example, by simply asking users to turn off their PCs when not in use, and by reducing unnecessary cabling in the office, businesses can significantly lower their IT costs. This is also a forceful step towards burnishing green credentials in an increasingly environmentally-conscious world.”
Paul Luff, country manager of SMC Networks South Africa, says the solution reflects the global push towards eco-friendly networking infrastructure and the transfer of related benefit to the consumer.
“The EZ switches support the latest standard in energy efficient Ethernet and also priority queuing. In practice this means the products use significantly less power than their non-green counterparts without impacting on network performance. It also results in lower electricity bills.
“Priority queuing will add significant value when time-sensitive data, such as voice and video, are streamed across the network. Other features such as auto-MDIX on all ports and a fan-less design equate to even greater value going forward,” he adds.
The latest products to emerge from the SMC Networks EZ Switch range are now available locally through TVR.