SMC's latest metro edge managed switch targets FTTH applications

FEBRUARY 21, 2007 -- The SMC7824M/FSW metro edge switch is priced to facilitate fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments at less than $200 per port.

FEBRUARY 21, 2007 -- SMC Networks (search for SMC Networks) today announced the SMC7824M/FSW metro edge switch, which is priced to facilitate fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments at less than $200 per port.

Designed to handle high-bandwidth applications with a non-blocking, single-chip switching architecture that is capable of up to 12.8 Gbits/sec, this feature-rich, fiber-optic standalone 100BASE-BX metro edge managed switch supports as many as four Gigabit uplinks for even more high-bandwidth communication, say SMC representatives.

Bringing mission-critical redundancy and future-proofing to the edge of the Metro network, the new SMC7824M/FSW delivers 100BASE-BX single-strand fiber Ethernet connectivity for direct, high-speed connections to the service provider network. The option for up to four Gigabit uplinks connecting this switch onto the service provider network enables maximum flexibility and redundancy for connections, says the company. And the unit's two removable power supplies and removable fan tray minimize downtime, maximize reliability, and simplify maintenance, adds SMC.

According to the company, the TigerAccess SMC7824M/FSW is ideal for bandwidth-intensive metro edge networks that require advanced switching capabilities and maintenance features. The SMC7824M/FSW's features include quality of service (QoS) with eight levels of priority, weighted fair-queuing, and L2/3/4 IP to ensure smooth transmission of critical data. VLANs based on frame tags or ports, support for automatic GVRP LAN registration, and spanning tree per VLAN provide maximum security and bandwidth efficiency, says the company. Security is further enhanced with support for RADIUS, IEEE802.1x, SSH, SSL, TACACS+ and ACL.

Twenty-four 100-Mbit/sec single strand fiber (BX) ports, two 1000BASE-T RJ45 ports and two Gigabit combo (RJ-45/SFP) uplinks make it powerful, versatile and capable. Moreover, ease of maintenance is built-in, says the company, and the device includes an alarm port, redundant/field-swappable power supplies and fans, event logs, and a Web-based management interface for remote access.

"This new fiber 24 +2 +2 -port TigerAccess Managed Switch brings fiber to the home in the best possible way," contends SMC product manager Iain Kenney. "Perfect for today's demanding Web applications--with versatility, bandwidth, and future-proofing as well as 'street-ready' management and maintainability built-in--this economical, powerful switch opens up immediate revenue opportunities for service providers and leaves room for growth later," he says.

The new TigerAccess SMC7824M/FSW fiber-optic Metro Edge switch, as well as its optional uplinks and redundant power supplies, are available now.

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