SMC releases Layer 3, 10G switch for LAN edge

SMC next week launched two advanced Ethernet LAN switches targeted at high-performance wiring closet or LAN aggregation layer deployments.

The TigerStack 1000 series of switches offer 24 or 48 ports of 10/100/1000M bit/sec Ethernet, with optional 10G Ethernet uplinks. The devices also support full Layer 3 routing.

The triple-speed copper ports allow a variety of devices to connect to a LAN, from low-speed legacy PCs or network printers with 10Base-T cards to Fast Ethernet PCs and Gigabit Ethernet workstations, servers or other network devices.

Each switch has more than enough capacity to run all ports a full speed; the 24-port switch has a 108G-bit/sec fabric; the 48-port box can handle up to 156G bit/sec of bandwidth. Each switch supports full Layer 3 routing protocols such as RIP and OSPF. Security features include 802.1x for port-level end-user authentication and support for standard Access Control Lists (ACLs) for filtering and controlling end-user access. The switches also support Secure Shell (SSH) and SSL for securing management traffic on the box.

For a high-speed uplink, users can add a single-port 10G Ethernet optical module, which comes as XENPAC modular inserts.

Since introduced by Extreme and Foundry last year, most enterprise Ethernet vendors have started offering fixed-port 10/100/1000M bit/sec switches with 10G uplinks. 3Com, Alcatel, Cisco, HP and Nortel are among other vendors with such gear available.

SMC's TigerStack 1000 switches are available now and cost US$2,700 for the 24-port switch, and US$4,400 for the 48-port version. XENPAC 10G Ethernet modules typically cost between US$4,000 to US$7,000 depending on the distance the optics support.

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