Sunday, December 5, 2021

Puredata pushes down copper Gigabit Ethernet pricing

Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches released recently from Puredata Inc. could help small businesses or small branch offices move from hubs to a switched and managed network with Gigabit Ethernet, for under US$1,400.

What the eight-port PDC8023Z-8CG switch lacks in a memorable product name, it makes up for in low-cost Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, coming in at around US$91 per 1000Mbps port. The PDC8023Z-24/L3G workgroup switch could also be used to add 24 managed 10/100Mbps end-user ports to a small LAN for around US$25 per port.

The PDC8023Z-8CG switch comes with eight 1000Base-T copper Gigabit Ethernet ports, and could be used as a small backbone switch for connecting servers to a LAN, or as a workgroup switch for “power users” who require Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop – such as digital animation artists, database analysts or computer assisted design workers.

The 24-port workgroup switch includes four expansion slots for adding fibre-based gigabit interface converter (GBIC) or Fast Ethernet modules for uplinking to a backbone switch. The device also supports standard Layer 2 packet prioritization with 802.1p packet prioritization and 802.1Q virtual LAN tagging. Simple network management protocol (SNMP) and remote monitoring (RMON) area also supported, and Web-based software is included for configuring the device settings such as QoS and network troubleshooting.

The eight-port Gigabit Ethernet switch is available now for US$730, while the 24-port workgroup switch is priced at US$635.

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