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Gigabit, managed units edging out Fast Ethernet switches


Makers keep up with trends for higher data rates and more complex deployments.




  • Going for faster speed: Gigabit Ethernet switches are expected to displace mainstream Fast Ethernet by year-end. A few companies are also developing more 10 Gigabit versions in anticipation of growing demand. Key players Cisco, HP and Juniper currently dominate this high-end segment. Local companies also offer 40 and 100 Gigabit kinds.
  • Intelligent management: Suppliers are boosting their production of managed variants to suit complex network setups. They are also releasing more models with router and power-over-Ethernet capability.
  • Target applications: Manufacturers will continue to cater to the home and SOHO markets while expanding reach to the medium- and large-enterprise segment. A rising number of major players are also aiming for data center and campus core deployment via 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches.
  • Output forecast: Yield is projected to increase by more than 10 percent. Makers anticipate sustained growth in coming years as migration to Gigabit and later to 10 Gigabit accelerates.

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Full River Hong Kong Ltd
Model: FR-S2050W
Description: Gigabit type; 48 Fast Ethernet, two Gigabit uplink ports; 19in steel rack-mount casing

 Ethernet switch

MTN Electronic (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd
Model: MT-ES3228F-POE
Description: Fast Ethernet type; 802.3, 802.3μ, 802.3x; 24 10/100Mbps, four combination ports, auto-MDI/MDIX

 Ethernet switch

Netis Systems Co. Ltd
Model: PE-6202
Description: Fast Ethernet type; 802.3, 802.3μ; eight 10/100Mbps auto-negotiation RJ-45 ports, PoE

 Ethernet switch

Shanghai Feixun Communication Co. Ltd
Model: FSG-108D
Description: Gigabit type; eight auto-negotiation RJ-45 ports

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Shenzhen Kingnet Technology Co. Ltd
Model: KN-S1026PoV
Description: Fast Ethernet type; 802.3, 802.3μ; 24 10/100Mbps auto-negotiation RJ-45, two Gigabit ports

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Shenzhen Longway Technologies Co. Ltd
Model: S2524GF
Description: Gigabit type; 24 auto-negotiation RJ-45, two Gigabit SFP ports

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