Pakedge Debuts 24-Port Gigabit Switch That Handles Fiber and Ethernet

pakedge-0213Pakedge Device & Software last week launched the S26e, a 24-port gigabit Ethernet switch with two fiber ports. The S26e (the “e” stands for “Express”) is an unmanaged plug and play switch, which enables easy installation. It includes 24 10/100/1000 Mbps gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as two SFP (small form-factor pluggable) mini-GBIC fiber ports, making it ideal for larger installations and where long distance fiber optic cable runs are needed for connecting guest houses or additional buildings on a property that are away from the main home installation.

All cables are installed from the rear, a feature pioneered by Pakedge that enables a clean, uncluttered installation in an A/V cabinet, rack or structured wiring panel. The S26e has an ultra-quiet fan for silent operation, a major advantage when the unit is installed near A/V equipment or in the main home entertainment room.

Another useful feature is the S26e’s Automatic Loop Detection. This prevents looping issues, where a device’s cable might be inadvertently plugged into the wrong spot to create an unwanted signal loop.

The S26e’s store-and-forward architecture filters errors and forwards data packets in a non-blocking environment. Its flow control operation ensures that correct data is transmitted, and the S26e’s backpressure flow control mechanisms work for both full- and half-duplex modes. The S26e supports the NWay auto-negotiation protocol that automatically detects network speed (10/100/1000 Mbps) and full/half duplex modes. In addition, Pakedge says its Auto-MDI/MDI-X functionality eliminates the need for crossover cables (for larger installations, each port can be used to connect to a larger switch or hub, with no crossover Ethernet cable required). Its blue front-panel indicators provide real-time status monitoring. The S26e is 1U rack space high and comes with rack-mount hardware.

Here are all the specs: