The Megaswitch GX is the first Ethernet workgroup switch to feature an uplink module for Gigabit Ethernet, claims its supplier NBase Communications.
The switch has 12 10Mbps Ethernet ports, one 100Mbps Fast Ethernet (Tx or Fx) port and the High-Speed uplink to 1Gbps.
NBase also launched a budget sister product, the Megaswitch G, which is priced at $175 per port. It has 16 Ethernet ports with an uplink module for either two Fast Ethernet ports or one ATM port, the latter offering connections to enterprise ATM backbones.
The products are targeted at companies that need to upgrade their workgroup Lans to high speed technologies but have limited resources. All modules can be used with high end models in the range, including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, ATM or Interswitch VLan modules. All switches support SNMP management and NBase's Megavision network management system.
Megavision has also been upgraded, now simultaneously controlling IBM, Token Ring and Ethernet networks and supporting additional Rmon groups. It can run from Windows, Unix, Novell NMS or HP Openview platforms.
The two switches are shipping now, with GX starting at $3,200, but the Gigaport, ATM and Interswitch VLan modules do not ship until the last two weeks of the year.
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