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Cisco Expands Desktop Connectivity Offering with Simple, Flexible 10/100 Hub Solutions

New FastHub 400 10/100 Series, Stackable, Manageable 10/100 Hubs Deliver Low-Cost, Seamless Migration to Fast Ethernet for Small to Medium-Sized Companies
Mar 02, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- March 2, 1999 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced the FastHub. 400 10/100 Series, a line of high-performance 10/100 autosensing hubs designed to offer small to medium-sized companies seamless migration to higher-performance LAN solutions. The FastHub 400 10/100 Series hubs deliver low-cost managed connectivity and unmatched flexibility to the desktop and are available in 12- and 24-port 10/100 stackable and manageable configurations.

"With the new FastHub 400 10/100 Series, Cisco offers customers a very competitive 10/100 solution," said Mark Jamison, Regional Manager at Enterprise Network Systems (ENS), a Cisco reseller. "The new hubs, along with Cisco's extensive, end-to-end LAN offerings, give resellers the tools to provide customers with a complete LAN networking solution from one vendor, based on one management platform. Customers can call one 800 number for service and support. This is the total value proposition for end users."

"The FastHub 400 10/100 Series is the perfect complement to the Catalyst. 2900 XL Series Fast Ethernet switches," said Bill Rossi, director of product marketing for the Small Internetworks Business Unit at Cisco Systems. "For customers who want the flexibility of 10/100 Fast Ethernet at a low cost, the Catalyst 2900 XL Series can be used to aggregate one or more FastHub 400s to provide 10/100 connectivity to the desktop."

Management and Flexibility

The FastHub 400 10/100 Series provides unmatched flexibility through a broad range of features, including management options, integrated hub stacking ports, and switched uplink modules. The managed FastHub 400 models, the 12-port FastHub 412M and 24-port FastHub 424M, include embedded Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Remote Monitoring (RMON) capabilities and a Web-based management interface. Common to the Catalyst 2900 Series XL and Catalyst 1900 LAN switching products, Web-based management provides an easy-to-use graphical interface, allowing users to manage the hubs from anywhere on an intranet using a standard browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer. In addition, a single FastHub 412M or FastHub 424M can provide management to an entire stack of four FastHub 400 hubs.

Each FastHub 400 offers an uplink slot, providing long-distance connectivity to the network core with an optional switched uplink module. Available optional uplink modules include:

  • A one-port 10Base/100BaseTX switch uplink module ( one switched 10Base/100BaseTX autosensing, autonegotiating port for uplink connectivity of distances up to 100 meters
  • A one-port 10Base/100BaseFX switched uplink module ( one switched 100BaseFX port for uplink connectivity of distances up to 2 kilometers

Lifetime Warranty

Emphasizing Cisco's commitment to product reliability, the FastHub 400 10/100 Seies is covered by a new limited lifetime warranty. With this new warranty coverage, demonstrating a high level of confidence in product quality, Cisco delivers support for as long as the customer owns the product.

Pricing and Availability

The FastHub 400 10/100 Series is available now with U.S. list prices starting at $895 for the FastHub 412.

Editor's Note: Additional information on Cisco's Small and Medium Business networking solutions is available at