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American Tech Supply Carries the complete line of gigabit ethernet switches and 10 gigabit ethernet switches from several manufacturers including Signamax Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Transition Networks Gigabit Ethernet Switches (Milan), Allied Telesyn Gigabit Ethernet Switches,Telco Systems Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Netgear Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Wideband Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Quest Gigabit Ethernet Switches and LindycGigabit Ethernet Switches which include a full array of 12 port Gigabit Ethernet Switches, 16 port Gigabit Ethernet Switches, 24 port gigabit ethernet switchjes, 48 port gigabit ehternet switches, Layer 3 Gigabit Switch, Cisco Gigabit Switches,24 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switches, and more. We have available Wideband gigabit ethernet switches that do not require extensive rewiring. Our NETGEAR gigabit ethernet switches, Allied Telesyn gigabit ethernet switches, Adtran gigabit ethernet switches and Telco Systems gigabit ethernet switches all offer several solutions for small, mid-size, and large corporate user's requirements for gigabit ethernet switches. All our gigabit ethernet switch manufacturer partners offer easy-to-install networking switching solutions for both business and home users.

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Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switches

24-Port 10/100/1000 Stackable Managed Switch + 2-SFP Ports
12-Port 10/100/1000 Stackable Managed PoE Switch + 2 SFP Ports

Managed Fast Ethernet Switches

Signamax Connectivity Systems’ 065-7840 is the new flagship of the Signamax Ethernet switch product line. It provides non-blocking performance for 24 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connections, modern QoS and Tagged VLAN capabilities, and full SNMP management at a surprisingly low cost. Two Dual Media Gigabit Ethernet ports use auto-detected SFP modules for fiber optic switch interconnection at extended distances. Both ring and star Gigabit backbone network architectures are possible with full automatic failover. The included SNMP management package is complete and comprehensive, with web browser, local console, and Telnet remote terminal connections and real time updating.  The 065-7840 also communicates with network management systems such as HP OpenView(tm) via SNMP for enterprise-wide status display, statistical monitoring, and switch control. Enhanced Layer 3 look-ahead routing features and IEEE 802.1p Quality of Service / 802.1Q Tagged VLAN / IP Type of Service support make the Signamax 065-7840 an excellent foundation for establishing or adding to an Enterprise network.

24-Port 10/100 Stackable Managed Switch + 2 SFP/RJ-45 Ports
24-Port 10/100 Stackable Managed PoE Switch + 2 SFP/RJ-45 Ports
24-Port 10/100 Managed Switch + 2-Port Gigabit Expansion Ports
24-Port 100BaseFX Managed Fiber Switch + 2 Gigabit Fiber Ports
24-Port 100BaseFX Managed Fiber Switch

WebSmart Gigabit Ethernet Switches

Signamax Connectivity Systems’ 065-7931 16-port and 065-7941 24-port WebSmart switches provide powerful web-based management features for a fraction of the cost of an SNMP-managed switch.  They provide non-blocking performance for 16 or 24 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connections, along with modern QoS and Tagged VLAN capabilities. Two Dual Media Gigabit Ethernet ports use auto-detected SFP modules for fiber optic switch interconnection at extended distances.  The web browser based management package is complete and comprehensive, with abilities rivaling those usually found only in SNMP-managed switches, such as port mirroring, port traffic statistics collection, IEEE 802.1p QoS administration, and IEEE 802.1Q tagged VLAN administration.  The Signamax 065-7931 and 065-7941 WebSmart switches provide a feature-rich, cost-effective alternative to SNMP-managed switches in complex applications.

16 and 24-Port 10/100/1000 WebSmart Switches + 2-SFP Ports
12-Port 10/100/1000 WebSmart PoE Switch + 2 SFP Ports

WebSmart Fast Ethernet Switches

Signamax Connectivity Systems’ expandable rack mount switches feature either 16 or 24 10/100 ports and an optional 100BaseFX fiber module for longer distance network connections. They include advanced support for Virtual Local Area Networking (VLAN), and multi-port inter-switch trunking for use in larger-scale networks. These switches provide network administrators with powerful, easy-to-use WebSmart local and remote administrative and configuration tools, and feature a completely non-blocking switch architecture. Both switches transparently pass packets of up to 1,522 bytes in their normal configuration, allowing their use in networks utilizing IEEE 802.1p and IEEE 802.1Q tagged packets. They can also be configured to support Jumbo Packets via the WebSmart feature.

16 and 24-Port 10/100 + 1-Port Expandable WebSmart Switches

Unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switches

16 and 24-Port 10/100/1000 Unmanged Switches + 2-SFP Ports
8-Port 10/100/1000 Unmanaged Desktop Switch

Unmanaged Fast Ethernet Switches
16 and 24-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Switches
8-Port 100BaseFX Fiber Unmanaged Switches
7-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Switch + 1-Port 100BaseFX
8-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Desktop Switch with 4-PoE Ports
5 and 8-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Desktop Mini Switches

 

  VDSL
Xtreme VOIP Switches When there is a need for a carrier grade Voice over IP gateway, the Matrix product line is available to provide expandability and high density per Rack unit. The Matrix Gateway provides up to 240 TDM to VOIP ports in a 2 rack units. The Matrix line is designed to meet the highest demands of the carrier, or termination facility, and enough versatility to be used for traffic origination on calling cards application. The Matrix Pre-Paid Solution provides TDM, SIP and H.323 voice over IP routing mechanism, destination load balancing, and destination mappings. The Matrix Pre-Paid Solution comes in a standard 2 RU. The Matrix line is designed to meet the highest demands of the carrier, or termination facility, and enough versatility to be used for traffic origination on calling cards application. The Matrix Pre-Paid Solution provides TDM, SIP and H.323 voice over IP routing mechanism, destination load balancing, and destination mappings. The Matrix Pre-Paid Solution comes in a standard 2 RU.The Matrix Pre-Paid Solution is recommended for Carrier resellers, Call Centers, Telco, CLEC, and corporate offices with Toll by pass need.

Extreme Alpine VOIP Switches The award-winning Alpine 3800 chassis switches support the scalability, flexibility, security and management features required to build complete enterprise wide networks, including large campuses, branch offices, data centers and wiring closets. The Alpine 3800 series switches enable enterprise networks to adopt new technologies, such as wireless and Voice-over-IP (VoIP), by offering intelligent security and availability features to keep network convergence simple and manageable.

 

Telco Systems VOIP Switches The Access200 family is a diverse line of VoIP ATAs designed for service providers who need to deliver high-quality VoIP, video, and data (triple play) services to their residential and small office/home office (SOHO) using traditional analog telephones and fax machines.
The line offers a cost-efficient means for service providers to migrate their customers? traditional analog telephones and faxes onto IP-based networks.

 

American Tech Supply Carries a variety of gigabit ethernet switches, 10 gigabit ethernet switches,DSLAMS, Frame Relay Switches, FRADS,Gigabit Ethernet switches, carrier- grade switches, VDSL Switches, fiber optic switches, IP switches, and gigabit & terabyte Switches.

The exacting demands of IP telephony deployments, enterprise aggregation, corporate data centers and network backbones, and Metro Ethernet provider Points of Presence (POPs) require solutions that combine consistent performance, carrier-class availability, enhanced security, and simplified management. The BlackDiamond® series of chassis-based switches from Extreme Networks® are designed and built to deliver these critical capabilities. The most advanced member of the BlackDiamond series is the BlackDiamond 10808 (BD10K). Designed from the ground up to support a high-density 10 gigabit infrastructure, the BlackDiamond 10K is based on Extreme Networks® fourth generation of Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) technology. These ASICs have a number of new enhancements, including longest prefic match (LPM) routing for IPv4 and IPv6, programmable packet parsing and editing, robust multicast performance, and the revolutionary CLEAR-Flow security infrastructure. These features enhance routing performance, allow support of new network protocols without disruptive hardware upgrades, enable seamless voice and video distribution, and enable real-time response to day-zero network Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Features such as Quality of Service (QoS), Access Control Lists (ACLs), and statistics gathering can be enabled without affecting packet throughput, even at 10 gigabit data rates.

Business Needs
Converged Ethernet/IP networks-which enable voice, data and video to share the same infrastructure-are becoming a reality. They're also changing the rules and requirements for enterprise and service provider networks. To protect delay sensitive voice applications, quality connections, which exhibit very low levels of latency and jitter, are a must. Voice-class availability is also essential, as is an infrastructure that supports truly converged networking. Security is growing importance as well, as networks grow inseparable from an organization's strategic goals and revenue streams. Meanwhile, as networks deliver a more complex mix of applications and services, network management must be become simpler and more straightforward.

The Solution
In order to meet these business needs, you have to design your network to:

  • Provide quality connections with low jitter and latency
  • Achieve voice-class availability throughout the network
  • Deliver a truly converged architecture
  • Meet security and compliance requirements
  • Simplify management

Extreme Networks Product Portfolio

A new Gigabit Ethernet Switch from Wideband allows your company to get gigabit ethernet speeds on your LAN without re-wiring your building. You can get gigabit ethernet speeds just by changing out the NIC card and the layer 2 Wideband Gigabit Ethernet Switch. WideBand products are made in the USA to the highest quality standards and possess a uniquely robust signal that allows full Gigabit bandwidth even on less than perfect installs of Category 5 and 5e cabling. WideBand can deliver Gigabit connections up to 200 meters on Category 5 cable and 100 meters over Category 3 cable. To show signal headroom, WideBand Gigabit products are even demonstrated working over barbed wire! Acheive Gigabit Ethernet Speeds Without Rewiring - WideBand has been a leading manufacturer of Gigabit-over-copper networking since 1994 and was a developer of the first pre-standard products. When the standard began to be formed, WideBand president Dr. Roger E. Billings was an active member of the steering committee that developed the technologies found in today’s IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet. Many of the underlying technologies of the standard, including the method for full duplex transmission and the elimination of data collisions, were originally developed at WideBand !

Netgear

 

Our gigabit ethernet switches can handle a variety of users and applications from 2 users in a home office to over 250 users for a corporate multi-use environment. Our reliable, high-performance Netgear layer 3 switches, Netgear Layer 2 switches, gigabit switches switches, wireless and security products are designed for a variety of environments, providing wired and wireless connectivity within homes, offices and campuses and for remote and branch offices, telecommuters and the remote mobile workforce# Axis and NETGEAR Offer First Affordable PoE Solution that Addresses the Surveillance Market for Small and Medium-sized Businesses # NETGEAR Makes Business Wireless LAN Deployment Easy, Flexible, Affordable With Industry's First Power-Over-Ethernet Desktop Switch And PoE Enabled Access Point ,NETGEAR® and Flarion Team to Deliver Wi-Fi to Mobile Broadband Communication Products.

High Speed Layer 2 Managed Gigabit Switch by Netgear
NETGEAR delivers wirespeed Gigabit performance and a full set of Layer 2 management features with unsurpassed affordability. This next-generation, high-speed switch delivers maximum throughput where you need it - to high-performance workgroups at the edge of the network, or as a backbone for 10/100 switches and Gigabit servers in demanding small networks. The non-blocking design offers full Gigabit throughput simultaneously to all 12 10/100/1000 ports to ensure reliable performance. Layer 2 management functionality delivers reliability, control, and availability. The very affordable NETGEAR ProSafe 12 Port Gigabit L2 Managed Switch GSM7212 creates a more productive - and future-proof - network. With increasing bandwidth requirements from applications such as video, voice, database management, and other services that slow throughput and response time, you can unleash your network and enable maximum productivity with Gigabit Ethernet for today's high-performance environments. Optimize bandwidth, security, and control with full Layer 2 management capabilities. Fiber connectivity is enabled through 12 combination Small Formfactor Pluggable (SFP)** gigabit ports. Network administrators can use any combination of these features to ensure uptime, availability, bandwidth, and throughput.

CMS 5000-Gigabit Ethernet Tester

Netgear Gigabit Ethernet Switches

 

Telco Systems Switches

 

Routing Switches

VDSL Switches

Based in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Telco Systems is committed to leading the industry in the development of transport, access, and packet products for carriers' COs, Co-Los, and POPs, as well, enterprise solutions for FTTH, SOHO, hospitality, education, and MTU/MDU. Integrating circuit- and packet-switched technologies onto flexible platforms ensures cost-effective operation.

Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation, Distribution and Concentration SwitchGigabit Ethernet connectivity key technology in today’s networks. BATM/Telco Systems' T5G is specifically designed for data concentration needs in the core, data center, and server farms of small-to-medium enterprises, and for the high-speed network aggregation requirements of mid-size or large enterprises. The T5G is a cost-effective, and high-density Gigabit Ethernet switch with 10 fixed ports that can be flexibly configured as 1000BaseT copper or 1000BaseX fiber interfaces. An additional 2 GBIC ports allow network extension up to 70 km

Compact Edge 10/100/1000 Ethernet Workgroup & Stackable Switch-BATM/Telco Systems' T2M, New Generation Layer 2 10/100/1000 Ethernet managed Switch-
switch series is designed to alleviate increasing network congestion caused by the use of high-speed applications.

Plug-in Transceivers Increase Operational Flexibility and Reduce OPEX
Plug-in transceivers introduce a paradigm shift in networking.
These modules are interchangeable, so that electro-optical or fiber optic networks can be upgraded and maintained more conveniently than has been the case with traditional soldered-in modules.
Rather than replacing an entire circuit board containing several soldered-in modules, a
single module can be removed and replaced for repair or upgrading. This results in a substantial cost savings, both in maintenance and in upgrading effor
ts

Enterprise 24 10/100BaseTX plus 4 shared Gigabit Ethernet uplinks,
SNMP managed and stackable switch
.
Telco Systems’ TE24, New Generation Layer 2 10/100/1000 Ethernet SNMP-managed and stackable switch is designed to meet to rapidly growing demands, such as better QoS and enhanced security from the network edge as it becomes more intelligent networking layer

Enterprise 12 Gigabit Ethernet plus 4 shared Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, SNMP managed and stackable switch Telco Systems’ TE 12G and TE 12GT new generation Layer 2 10/100/1000 Ethernet SNMP-managed and stackable switches are designed to meet growing demands for better QoS and enhanced security at the increasingly intelligent network edge.

Multi Service Access
VOIP
Channel Banks
T1/E1 Electrical-to-Optical Converters
Frame Relay
Integrated Access
Mini DCS
Multiplexers
FTTH
Battery Backup

Layer 2 Switches

Multi- Layer Switches

T5 Routing Switch deliver high-performance switching and multi-layer services for today’s enterprise and carrier environments. T5 Routing Switch allows for 64 Fast Ethernet or 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

T4 Routing Switch deliver high-performance switching and multi-layer services for today’s enterprise and carrier environments.

T5 Modular managed Switch-these modular platforms offer service providers cost-effective high-speed IP, VDSL, and VoIP solutions.

Telco Systems’ T6 multi-layer IP switch delivers high-performance packet classification, switching, routing and transport for service providers and private enterprise.

T5Pro LAN/MAN/WAN Routing Switch T5Pro’s™ multi-layer, multi-service capabilities provide speed and simplicity along with robust services such as bandwidth management, traffic shaping, security and Quality of Service (QoS).

Ultra-Compact High-Density 10/100/1000 Ethernet Routing Switch-Telco System's T5 Compact 10/100/1000 Ethernet Routing Switch provides high performance in a super-compact, super-efficient size.

Ultra-Compact High-Density Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation/Distribution Routing SwitchBATM/Telco Systems' T5 Compact Gigabit Ethernet Routing Switch provides an optimal
solution for Gigabit Ethernet Intelligent Layer 3 Aggregation and Distribution services

Ultra-Compact High-Density Optical Fast Ethernet Concentrating Residential
Access and FTTH Routing Switch
BATM/Telco System's T5 Compact optical Fast Ethernet routing switch provides an optimal solution for mid and long distance intelligent Layer 3 broadband services
.

Cost-Effectively Manages TL1 Ethernet-Based Network Elements T5 Compact™ Target Identifier (TID) switch offers service providers a cost-effective solution for aggregation and management of up to 480 Translation Language 1 (TL1) network elements (NE) through a single IP address.

Carrier-Class Optimized Metro-Core Routing Switch

Telco Systems’ T6Pro multi-layer, multi-service Metro-Core routing switch introduces the
state-of-the-art AdvancedTCA™ standardized platform architecture, with uncompromising
security features, superb QoS, MPLS awareness, IPv6 dual stack support, and many more
capabilities in a single 12U platform.

NETGEAR gigabit switches deliver wirespeed Gigabit Ethernet switch performance and a full set of Layer 2 switches management features with unsurpassed affordability. This next-generation, high-speed switch delivers maximum throughput where you need it - to high-performance workgroups at the edge of the network, or as a backbone for 10/100 switches and Gigabit Ethernet servers in demanding small networks. The non-blocking design offers full Gigabit throughput simultaneously to all 24 10/100/1000 ports. Layer 2 management functionality delivers reliability, control, and availability. It's an easy to use solution that delivers maximum performance right out of the box. The very affordable NETGEAR GSM7224 Layer 2 Managed Gigabit ethernet Switch creates a more productive - and future-proof - network. With increasing bandwidth requirements from applications such as video, voice, database management, and other services that slow throughput and response time, you can unleash your network and enable maximum productivity with Gigabit Ethernet for today's high-performance environments. Optimize bandwidth, security, and control with full Layer 2 management capabilities - extensive VLAN support, resiliency, traffic prioritization, port trunking, port mirroring, RADIUS, SNMP, and DHCP features, as well as broadcast storm protection. Fiber connectivity is enabled through four combination Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP*) gigabit ports. Network administrators can use any combination of these features to ensure uptime, availability, bandwidth, and throughput.

As a Gold Reseller, American Tech Supply also carries Wideband's Gigabit Ethernet Switches- which can deliver gigabit ethernet via CAT3, CAT 5 up to EIA/TIA standards 100 meters and we also carry other Gigabit Ethernet Switches with 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch cofigurations- 16 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch- that outperform Cisco Switches-Cisco Layer 2 switches- and the 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switches- 16 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switches. All Wideband switches outperform Cisco's switches. Dr. Billing's has fiver patents relating to gigabit ethernet technology. Call us for addtional information and pricing at (866) 342-3721. For additional information on our Cisco Trade In Program- visit our web page.

 

Description-TC3820 Redundant Ring Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Ideal for mission critical fiber optic ring networks, the TC3820 Redundant Ring Gigabit Ethernet Switch provides maximum reliability through its sophisticated redundant ring technology. If a fiber cable or device failure occurs, the data path automatically switches over within 250 msec. to the secondary path to maintain Ring network integrity.

Available with SNMP Management, the Model TC3820 1000Base-SX/LX Switch provides six 10/100M copper ports and two Gigabit fiber ports. It can be daisy-chained and supports distances between switches up to 100 km.

Gigabit Ethernet Over CAT 3- CAT 5- Save Thousands On Re-Wiring Cost-Recent developments have changed the way the industry looks at Gigabit Ethernet. Cost barriers and problems working on existing wiring have been eliminated, resulting in widespread adoption. See what applications are driving Gigabit deployment, how productivity is being increased and what migration strategies are recommended-WideBand has been a leading manufacturer of Gigabit-over-copper networking since 1994 and was a developer of the first pre-standard products. When the standard began to be formed, WideBand president Dr. Roger E. Billings was an active member of the steering committee that developed the technologies found in today’s IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet. Many of the underlying technologies of the standard, including the method for full duplex transmission and the elimination of data collisions, were originally developed at WideBand.

WideBand products are made in the USA to the highest quality standards and possess a uniquely robust signal that allows full Gigabit bandwidth even on less than perfect installs of Category 5 and 5e cabling. WideBand can deliver Gigabit connections up to 200 meters on Category 5 cable and 100 meters over Category 3 cable. To show signal headroom, WideBand Gigabit products are even demonstrated working over barbed wire!

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WideBand Corporation has developed a line of Ethernet Products that operate 100 Meters over standard Category 5 cable. There is no longer any need to rewire with CAT 6before upgrading to Gigabit Ethernet. There is video available that shows that Wideband Layer 2 Switches can operate at Gigabit Ethernet Speeds consistantly within the LAN OSI layer 2 environment by using CAT 3 cable and even barbed wire!

Gigabit 10/100 Switches
2+2 Fast Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Switches
2+4 Fast Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Switches
4-Port Cable Splitter Switch
1-2 Terrabyte RAID 5 Switches
Portable Desktops
80-180- 360 Gigabyte Servers
Acellus Computer Lab
Acellus Learning System
Gigabit Ethernet Server NIC
Gigabit Ethernet Workstation NIC
10/100 Ethernet NIC

 

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Provide Gigabit Ethernet Without CAT 5e or CAT 6- Even Use Barbed Wire!!!

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1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
Lists resources specific to the 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet system (IEEE 802.3z).

Gigabit Ethernet Overview
Presents a survey of Gigabit Ethernet technology.Gigabit Ethernet Tutorials and Resources
Good collection of links to Gigabit Ethernet documents, including papers, tutorials, and articles. This page is hosted by the InterOperability Lab at the University of New Hampshire.

IEEE Gigabit Ethernet Information
Working documents of the group developing the IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet standard.

Gigabit Ethernet Switches Set To Take On The EnterpriseBy Joel Conover

The long wait is over. On June 25, the IEEE approved the 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet standard--nearly two years after its birth. With the eagerly anticipated standard ratified, vendors finally can deliver products to satisfy the tremendous interest that's been building for Gigabit Ethernet technology.

These are auspicious times for companies looking for faster network performance. Because of competition among vendors that are steadily increasing their 1000Base-T switch offerings, Gigabit Ethernet is more affordable and easier to deploy than ever. Unfortunately, assessing which Gigabit Ethernet solution is best suited to your needs isn't always easy. Vendors advertise their switches with the customary performance claims and glossy marketing brochures, but neither gives you a definitive idea of how a certain switch will perform in your particular environment, much less how easy it is to set up and manage. To help you get some inkling of what to expect from the latest 1000Base-T switches, I brought some of them into the Windows & .NET Magazine Lab for a test drive.

At the time of writing, at least a dozen vendors offered a wide range of Gigabit Ethernet switches. To narrow the field, I looked only at managed switches that offer native 1000Base-T ports or can accommodate a Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) module for uplink ports. I also looked for switches that represent a cross-section of price and functionality. And because I wanted to simulate a typical network-upgrade scenario between a server room and a remote wiring closet, I looked for vendors that could deliver Fast Ethernet to the desktop with 1000Base-T uplinks that I could pair with a 1000Base-T backbone or aggregation switch. My search led me to the most recent Gigabit Ethernet switch offerings from 3Com, Cisco Systems, and Dell. For those looking for a chassis solution, I tested a Hewlett-Packard (HP) chassis switch with Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switch modules.

The testing was fairly simple. I first conducted a baseline test on the Lab network, in which I performed routine administrative tasks (e.g., software-application deployment) while monitoring latency-sensitive streaming-media applications. I next installed Gigabit Ethernet NICs in the network's servers and in some desktop machines and went through the usual regimen of performance tuning. To simulate an upgrade scenario, I then replaced older Fast Ethernet switches in the Lab's test network with each vendor's Gigabit Ethernet offerings. As I worked with each vendor's switches, I noted how easy they were to configure and manage from basic setup to advanced features such as Virtual LAN (VLAN) configuration, routing, and cost-of-service configuration. Finally, I performed the same tasks and ran the same software as I had in the baseline test to check for a performance improvement.

To view the Report cards on
1) Chassis-Based Gigabit Ethernet Switches
and
2) Fixed-Configuration Gigabit Ethernet Switches
2) Gigabit Ethernet NICs
While the IEEE was busy rubber stamping the 802.3z standard, Network Computing was putting Gigabit Ethernet switches and NICs from nearly every Gigabit Ethernet vendor--including Alteon Network, Bay Networks, Cabletron Systems, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer Corp., Extreme Networks, Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., Lucent Technologies, ODS Networks, Packet Engines, Silicon Graphics and 3Com Corp.--through one of the most rigorous test suites in the magazine's history.

Our expectations for this review were high. For the switch portion, only products with Gigabit Ethernet interfaces were eligible. We required each vendor to submit two or more units with a total of at least 96 10/100 ports. We put each switch through a battery of tests using Netcom Systems' Smartbits test equipment. Implementing one of the largest test setups we've ever created, we bit-blasted each device to determine how much traffic it could handle. Then we turned off the bit-blasters and focused on performance aspects that affect networks like yours. (For details about our tests, see "Speeds and Feeds," page 76, and "Real World, Real Fibers," page 82.)

We took each vendor's equipment into the wiring closets at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and tested it on real fibers, pushing the distance limitations of Gigabit Ethernet over multimode fiber. After testing each solution in the wiring closet, we moved the products to the labs of Neal Nelson & Associates (1 (312) 755-1000), where we used 96 PC connections to generate more than 5 Gbps of real-world application traffic. We stress-tested each switch for at least 24 consecutive hours using Neal Nelson's (1 (312) 755-1000) LAN benchmark. (For more on the Neal Nelson (1 (312) 755-1000) tests, see "From the Lab of Neal Nelson & Associates (1 (312) 755-1000)" page 88.)

Overview
Gigabit Ethernet is a networking technology ten times faster than current 100Mbps networks. Until recently, the high cost of gigabit Ethernet combined with multiple topology standards and the need for fibre optic cables has left gigibit speeds out of reach of home users. Things have changed.
IEEE 802.3ab Recent ‘gigabit over copper’ standards have been adopted that make gigabit Ethernet as easy to use as 100Mbps Ethernet. Gigabit ethernet can now utilize Cat5 or better twisted pair cabling and the same RJ-45 connectors that are used in 10/100Mbps networks. To achieve gigabit speeds, you must use ethernet cable with all 8 wires (four pairs) present. Many inexpensive cat5 Ethernet cables have only 4 wires and can not reach gigabit speeds.
Apple
Apple, as usual, is ahead of the rest of the market in bringing gigabit Ethernet to the home. They have put 10/100/1000 base-T network adapters in the PowerMac G4 series computers. Because of the high cost of gigabit Ethernet hubs and switches, Apple has ensured that connection two PowerMac G4’s is as simple as picking up a high quality Ethernet cable. Apples implementation of Gigabit Ethernet needs no crossover cable to connect two computers together. The adapter senses the other Mac and handles the crossover automatically.
Expectations for 2002
I expect the price of gigabit Ethernet to fall dramatically in 2002. I think we will see the price of gigabit Ethernet switched fall to about $40 per port by the end of the year and the price of network cards to fall to around $35 per NIC. I think we will also see gigabit Ethernet incorporated into broadband routers by companies trying to stand out from their competition in this over-crowded router market.
Current Pricing and Products
Asante’ and Addtron appear to be the market leaders in bringing Gigabit Ethernet to the home market. They have both released PCI network adapters that can be purchased for less that $60. Unfortunately, no company has yet released a gigabit Ethernet hub or switch that is within reach of the home network users. Expect to see gigabit Ethernet products on the market soon!

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