Features – NetComm NP2160 User Manual

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Rev.1 - YML623


16-port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet ProSwitch

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Switching LAN technology is a marked improvement over the previous generation of network
bridges, which were characterized by higher latencies. Routers have also been used to segment
local area networks, but the cost of a router, the setup and maintenance required make routers
relatively impractical. Today switches are an ideal solution to most kinds of local area network
congestion problems.


The ProSwitch is designed for easy installation and high performance in an environment where
traffic on the network and the number of user increase continuously.

The ProSwitch with its rack size is specifically designed for middle to large workgroups. The
Switch provides immediate access to a rapidly growing network through a wide range of user-
reliable functions.

The ProSwitch is ideal for deployment with multiple high-speed servers for shared bandwidth
10Mbps or 100Mbps workgroups. With the highest bandwidth 200Mbps (100Mbps full-
duplex mode), any port can provide workstations with a congestion-free data pipe for
simultaneous access to the server.

The ProSwitch is expandable by cascading two or more switches together. As all ports support
200Mbps, the Switch can be cascaded from any port and to any number of switches.

The ProSwitch is a perfect choice for site planning to upgrade to Fast Ethernet in the future.
Ethernet workgroups can connect to the Switch now, and change adapters and hubs anytime
later without needing to change the Switch or reconfigure the network.

The ProSwitch combine dynamic memory allocation with store-and-forward switching to ensure
that the buffer is effectively allocated for each port, while controlling the data flow between the
transmit and receive nodes to guarantee against all possible packet loss.

The ProSwitch is an unmanaged 10/100 Fast Ethernet Switch that offers solutions in accelerating
small Ethernet workgroup bandwidth. Other key features are:

16-port 10/100BASE EthernetProSwitch with RJ-45 connectors

Support Auto-negotiation for speed and duplex modes for each port

Supports Auto-MDI/MDI-X for each port

Wire speed reception and transmission

Store-and-Forward switching method

Integrated address Look-Up Engine, supports 8K absolute MAC addresses

Supports 512Kbytes RAM for data buffering

Front-panel diagnostic LEDs

Broadcast storm protection

IEEE 802.3x flow control for full-duplex

Back pressure flow control for half-duplex

Standard 19" Rack-mountable size