Small Tree Communications released a
free 30-day trial of its
Link Aggregation software on Monday. Link Aggregation uses a process called trunking to combine multiple Ethernet ports into one virtual port that balances bandwidth utilization and automatically switches the data stream to a working port in the event one of them fails. The software runs on a G4 or G5 Mac running Mac OS X v10.2.7 or higher and equipped with at least two Ethernet ports and an IEEE 802.3ad compatible Ethernet switch. Pricing for the full version of Link Aggregation is US$299 for two ports and one group, $499 for four ports and two groups and $699 for unlimited ports and groups. Bundles with one of Small Tree’s multi-port Gigabit Ethernet cards are also available.