In a move calculated to help it achieve critical mass in the networking market, Compaq has ubtridyced a range of products aimed at wide and local area networks.
Graham Stewart, networking product manager at Compaq UK, said the Lan products included a family of entry level hubs aimed at the small and medium enterprise (SME) market
The products will help customers move to the Fast Ethernet market. The family includes the 2824/2724 Dual Speed Hubs, the Netelligent 1000 series 10Base-T unmanaged hub, the 5708 dual speed Ethernet switch. Perhaps the most significant part of the announcement is that the company has dropped prices by up to 40 per cent on its existing range of products.
The dual-speed hubs are five-unit stackable and includes an internal switch for running traffic between devices at different speeds, ?without a trip to the wiring closet.?
At the same time, Compaq introduced a Wan offering also aimed at the SME market. The router includes management software with enhancements including NLSP support, 100Base-FX, better call negotiation with ISPs for ISDN lines and an IP firewall capability.
The router comes in three types. Model 1 - a chassis model - includes an integrated 10/100 Ethernet controller with a modular and upgradeable 10Base T/10Base2 PHY model with three PCI-43 expansion slots. Model W is configured for high speed serial Wan connectivity.
Compaq also introduced two coax controllers for Token Ring and an Ethernet 10 T/2 PCI UPT unit.
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