SAN JOSE, Calif. -- June 9, 1997 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. announced today two additions to itsFastHub(R) line of 100BaseT Ethernet repeaters at breakthrough prices. The FastHub 200 series,starting at $150 per managed port (US SLP), delivers the lowest-cost, 100BaseT hub solution inthe industry for smaller workgroups and server farms. The new standalone hubs, the industry'sfirst 100BaseT hubs with integrated management, combine 100-Mbps performance with Cisco IOS(TM)technologies in an extremely affordable solution.
The new FastHub 116T, part of the FastHub 100 series of standalone unmanaged 100BaseTrepeaters, provides low-cost, 100-Mbps performance for power workgroups and users. At $87 perport (US SLP), the FastHub 116T offers a very affordable solution where management is notcritical.
"With the addition of these new, low-cost 100BaseT hubs, Cisco now offers customers an evenbroader range of affordably priced, 100BaseT solutions," said Richard Martin, Cisco productmanager for 100BaseT repeaters. "Customers can choose from managed, unmanaged or manageableversions; stackable or standalone; in a range of port densities. The FastHub line providesvarious model choices for low cost or maximum flexibility." The FastHub 116T and the FastHub200 series are the newest members of Cisco's NetBeyond(TM) extended network system of modular,stackable LAN and WAN products. This affordable, integrated system increases networkperformance, connects mobile users and branch offices, delivers secure access to the Internetand is centrally manageable. The NetBeyond system is the ideal networking foundation for smalland medium-sized businesses.
FastHub Performance and FeaturesThe FastHub 116T has 16 unmanaged 100BaseTX ports for connecting small workgroups overunshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling. The FastHub 216T has 16 managed 100BaseTX ports forhigh-speed connectivity over UTP cabling.
100-Mbps peak and aggregate throughput enable high-performance data transfers for workgroupsand server farms, delivering up to ten times the performance of 10BaseT hubs. The FastHubs arecompatible with the IEEE 802.3u standard for interoperability with other 100BaseT products.
Unlike manageable 100BaseT hubs that require separate modules or management units, the FastHub200 series offers built-in management for monitoring all ports or the entire unit as a whole.Support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Telnet, terminal-based out-of-bandmanagement and Remote Monitoring (RMON) provides comprehensive management and simplifiedtroubleshooting. The hub is also manageable via CiscoWorks Windows and other SNMP-compatiblemanagement systems on a per-port, per-hub basis.
Like all FastHub products, the new hubs' Class II design reduces the overall deployment cost of100BaseT hubs even further. Cisco's unique Class II design allows any workgroup to be expandedbeyond sixteen ports without an intermediate switch or router.
"We are deploying affordable Cisco FastHub products in our fitness facilities, enabling-highspeed LAN connectivity to online customer information," said Terry Hallett, technical supportmanager for 24-Hour Fitness, a chain of health clubs headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif. "Withthese low-cost, easily manageable hubs, we are now able to concentrate on delivering a higherlevel of customer service knowing our LAN is running seamlessly in the background."
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