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March 23rd, 2000

[6:00 AM] Got Bandwidth? Farallon Ships Gigabit Ethernet Switch
by Staff

Farallon has announced that they are now shipping a new gigabit ethernet switch, the Fast Starlet Gig Switch/4SX. The new switch is ideal for today's high bandwidth networks. According to Farallon:

With 4 1000Base-SX Fiber Gigabit ports, Farallon's Fast Starlet Gig Switch/4SX is ideal for creating a high-speed 1000Mbps network backbone.

"The connections between switches is one of the most common points of congestion on a network," states Ken Haase, VP Marketing for Farallon Communications, Inc. "When combined with our Fast Starlet Switch 10/100/100, the Fast Starlet Gig Switch/4SX allows users to eliminate inter-switch congestion and still benefit from the easy-install of a plug-and-play solution.

Farallons family of Gigabit solutions also includes a Gigabit PCI card for high-end Mac OS or Windows servers, and the Fast Starlet Switch 10/100/1000 with 16 10/100 auto-negotiating switched ports and 2 1000Base-SX Fiber Gigabit ports for connecting simultaneously to a Gigabit-equipped file server and a Gigabit backbone.

Farallon Fast Starlet Gig Switch/4SX Features:

  • 4 1000Base-SX Fiber Optic SC Gigabit ports for 1000Mbps connectivity
  • Store-and-forward switching architecture forwards data with minimum delay
  • IEEE 802.3z compliant for full protocol compatibility
  • Stores up to 32,000 unique MAC addresses
  • Forwards packets at a blazing 1,488,000 packets per second
  • Provides a maximum aggregate bandwidth of 4000Mbps
  • Full-duplex support on every port for optimal network performance
  • Built-in universal power supply for worldwide use
  • Diagnostic LEDs for easy at-a-glance monitoring
  • Rack-mount kit included, free technical support & 3 year warranty

The Fast Starlet Gig Switch/4SX is available for US$1799. You can find more information at the Farallon web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: Gigabit Ethernet is likely to become as ubiquitous as 10 Mbit Ethernet is today at some point, though it is always possible another technology or paradigm will unseat Ethernet altogether.

Farallon



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