Asante Introduces 8-Port Gigabit Switch

Asante Technologies has announced a new 8-port gigabit Ethernet switch. Targeted at workgroups, the new switch is about to send and receive data at 1000 Mbps simultaneously. According to Asant:

Asante Technologies today announced a new solution for networking problems in businesses and campuses. The FriendlyNET GX4-800GBIC Gigabit Ethernet switch delivers on Asanteis commitment to make flexible networking solutions affordable to a variety of organizations, regardless of size.

The new X4-800GBIC contains 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports--7 ports of 10/100/1000BaseT and 1 port of 1000BaseX GBIC (Gigabit Interface Converter) module interface-- which provides the flexibility to easily connect workgroups to a fiber- or copper-based Gigabit backbone.

Compared with traditional Fast Ethernet hubs, the FriendlyNET GX4-800 delivers over 10 times the available bandwidth per port. When connecting two high-performance workstations, the switch can transmit and receive at 1000 Mbps simultaneously. Suddenly 250 MB files transfer in seconds--not minutes.

Every 10/100/1000BaseT port on the FriendlyNET GX4-800 can accommodate older (slower) 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet, which helps businesses to connect with older Mac, PC, and Linux systems. The switch is adaptable to previously installed wiring (Cat 5 UTP)--even if the cables were inadvertently miswired. Each Gigabit port features Asanteie innovative technology that automatically corrects for the most common wiring errors (such as MDI crossover or pair swaps, skews, and polarity) and negotiates the highest data transfer rates.

The FriendlyNET GX4-800GBIC with GigaNIX adapter is available for US$1399. You can find more information at Asanteis site.