Fore Systems introduces new Ethernet switch

Fore Systems introduces new Ethernet switch

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

New wiring-closet Ethernet switches from Fore Systems Inc. sit at the edge of Ethernet or asynchronous transfer mode backbones.

The Pittsburgh company's ES series models share common chip sets and features and deliver 10/100-Mbps Ethernet to desktop PCs with optional Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. They can connect users directly or from hubs.

Switch software on each model supports quality-of-service prioritization, virtual LAN identification, spanning-tree redundant links and flow control to regulate inbound switch traffic. The switches support port aggregation and port mirroring and up to 12,000 Media Access Control addresses.

The ES-1000 standalone Ethernet switch has up to 24 10/100Base-TX ports with an optional 1000Base-SX/LX Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The ES-1200 and ES-1210 are cascading, stackable Ethernet switches with up to 94 10/100Base-TX ports and two 1000Base-SX/LX ports. The master-slave architecture lets network managers configure and manage a stack as a single device.

The ES-2000 modular Ethernet switch can have up to 128 10/100Base-TX ports, 96 100Base-FX ports or 16 1000Base-SX/LX ports, or any combination.

The ES-1000 lists for $2,040, costing $85 per 10/100-Mbps Ethernet port. The ES-1200 and ES-1210 are priced from $2,640 each with per-port costs starting at $110 per 10/100-Mbps Ethernet port.

Contact Fore Systems at 888-404-0444.

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