Extreme takes wireless to the Ethernet switch

Extreme takes wireless to the Ethernet switch

Networking vendor, Extreme Networks, claims it is first to market with an Ethernet switch with built-in wireless functionality.

Extreme Networks Australian sales manager, Charlie Cote, said the vendor’s new Summit 300 switch had beaten to market competing products from the likes of Foundry Networks and Cisco Systems.

The 48-port switch features built-in, secure wireless connectivity for access points using either of the 802.11a, b or g standards, and also includes power-over-Ethernet (or ‘in-line power’) capability. Power-over-Ethernet enables access points and IP handsets to derive power from the switch and frees them from the restriction of having to be located near power-points.

The Summit 300-48 costs about $12,500.

Cote said a large financial institution had already invested in several of the products. It used them to connect IP telephony handsets and wireless access points, as well as to connect to servers.

He said Extreme Networks now intended to extend wireless functionality across many of its other products.

Extreme Networks goes to the service provider market through partners Ericsson and Avaya, and to the enterprise channel through distributor Ingram Micro.

In July, it ended a relationship with Lan Systems to grant Ingram exclusive distribution rights.

“We wanted to build a relationship with one distributor rather than several,” Cote said.

“Ingram Micro does not have a substantial amount of competitive products.”

But Cote said Extreme was continually reviewing its distribution strategy.

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