by May 11, 2002 0 comments

This provides a simple way to upgrade shared networks

This provides a simple way to upgrade shared networks

Price: 18,000
Meant For:
Features: 24 ports 10/100 Mbps, each port supports Auto-negotiation
for 10/100 Mbps, half/full duplex operation, and Auto-MDIX,
Store-and-forward switching.
Pros: Inexpensive, 
easy to set up
Contact: Advantage Computer India, Delhi. 
Tel: 011-6485384—6.

This simple 24-port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch from Adcom can be used by SMEs who want a simple way to upgrade
their shared networks. Being a barebones switch, it has all the basic features needed by a switched network. All switch ports support auto-negotiation, meaning they will automatically sense the speed of the device being connected, and switch to either 10/100 Mb/sec in Half or Full-duplex mode. The switch supports Store-and-forward switching, wherein it will store the packets and analyze them for errors. Only if a packet is error-free, will it be forwarded. Plus, all ports on the switch support the Auto-MDIX function, which automatically takes care of any wiring problems. This allows you to cascade it to other devices using either a crossover or straight Ethernet cable.

Setting up the switch is simple as it’s a matter of plugging
in the cables. All ports are located on its front panel, along with LEDs to
indicate the status of the connected network devices, and the operating mode
(Full or Half duplex). We tried cascading it to other switches and hubs, and it
didn’t give any trouble. 

The Bottom Line The switch is a good buy considering its low price tag of Rs
18,000 and the ease of set up. 

Sanjay Majumder at PCQ Labs

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