SMC has announced two new additions to the EtherPower II 10/100 family of Fast Ethernet cards. The 9432TX/MP comes equipped with Wake-on-LAN (WOL) technology which allows network managers to manage a PC remotely.
The 9432BTX combo card with both an RJ-45 and a BNC connector offers Fast Ethernet migration for existing coax networks.
Wake-on-LAN works with the PC's power circuitry via a special cable connection between the network card and the PC motherboard. When notified that the PC is going into low power mode (sleep), the Ethernet controller monitors all incoming frames and watches out for the so-called Magic Packet. This is an Ethernet frame which acts as a "wake-up" signal and can be sent out by the network manager when he wants to "wake up" the PC remotely.
This way end node management via any SNMP or RMON based network management software is possible and can be performed after work reducing network downtime and total cost of ownership. This product is shipping now at #65 in a single pack, the 50 pack costs #2,345.
The SMC 9432BTX features a BNC connector in addition to the existing RJ-45 connector which enables the card to be used in networks still operating over older coax cabling. Should network managers need to convert their network to the structured cabling required for Fast Ethernet, there is no need to re-install a new adaptor as the necessary RJ-45 connector is already available. This product is shipping now for #65 in a single pack and the #50 will cost #2,815.
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