will be showing its family of Gigabit Ethernet products at this week’s Macworld New York.
Asante is also highlighting its line of cable/DSL routers. The company’s new wireless-ready router, the FriendlyNET FR3002AL, is a 2-port 10/100 switch with integrated print server and optional wireless connection.
“The FR3002AL is the only router to offer users a choice — either wired or wireless,” said William Hang, product manager at Asante, in a statement. “This gives users flexibility at an affordable price. When users want wireless support, they simply plug an Asante AeroLAN into the router and begin talking with other 802.11b compatible devices — including Apple’s AirPort.”
The recently released FriendlyNET FR3004C, which contains a redundant modem port, enables customers to upgrade from a v.90 56K analog modem and still keep it as a back-up modem. For those who also need a network print server, the FR3004LC is available for just $10 more.
The FriendlyNET GX4-800 switch contains eight Gigabit Ethernet ports — seven ports of 10/100/1000BaseT and one 1000BaseX GBIC module interface — which provide the flexibility to easily connect workgroups to a fiber- or copper-based Gigabit backbone. The new GX4-800GBIC is US$250 per port. In addition, Asante will feature the GX4-224 (24 ports of 10/100 with 2 ports of 100/1000) and the GX4-400 (4 ports of 100/1000) switches.
Asante will also showcase new high-density Gigabit switches at this week’s MWNY. The IntraCore 65120 switches offer great flexibility, Hang said. Depending on the existing network structure, each GBIC Gigabit Ethernet module interface can be configured with a 1000BaseT, 1000BaseSX, or 1000BaseLX GBIC interface, he added. This non-proprietary architecture allows customers to mix-and-match many different network configurations, reducing acquisition costs.