HP launches cheap workgroup hubs, switches

HP launches cheap workgroup hubs, switches

Hewlett-Packard continued its push into the networking market on Monday with new low-priced Ethernet hubs and switches for workgroups, individuals and home users.

HP's new switches are the HP ProCurve Switch 212M and ProCurve Switch 224M. They are geared to small workgroups and high-performance users and have either 12 or 24 10Base-T ports and a 10/100 autosensing port for a high-speed uplink. A high-speed transceiver slot allows customers to choose an additional high-speed 100Mbps Ethernet UTP or fibre connection.

Both switches are bundled with HP TopTools for Hubs & Switches software for network management, monitoring and performance analysis. HP TopTools offers a browser interface and integrates with the Web-based management agent embedded in the switches. The switches also include port mirroring for monitoring and trouble-shooting.

The HP ProCurve Switch 212M for 12 ports costs $1453, or $121 per port, and the HP ProCurve Switch 224M for 24 ports is priced at $2419, or $100 per port.

The new HP ProCurve 10/100 Hub-12 and Hub-24 offer easy migration from 10Base-T to 100Base-T workgroups, while the new compact HP ProCurve 100Base-T Hub-8 and 10Base-T Hub-8 hubs are targeted at homes and small workgroups because of their small footprint and relatively easy installation, according to the company.

The HP ProCurve 10/100 Hub-12 and Hub-24 can be used for interconnecting a mix of 10Mbps and 100Mbps workstations, servers and peripherals. They offer 12 or 24 dual-speed autosensing ports, along with a cascade port for expanding networks through interconnected hubs. Both hubs include an internal bridge for connecting communications at 10Mbps and 100Mbps speeds. They require no configuration, no modules and no add-ons.

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