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Pakedge Gigabit Switch Includes Fiber & Ethernet Connectivity

Pakedge's latest switch, the S26e features the option of two fiber ports that can be used simultaneously with the unit's gigabit Ethernet ports, and like other Pakedge network solutions, all of the network cables connect in the rear to facilitate a clean installation in a rack or cabinet.


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The newly released S26e enterprise-grade gigabit switch from Pakedge offers 24 ports and two small-form factor pluggable (SFP) mini-GBIC fiber ports that can be used simultaneously with the unmanaged switch’s Ethernet ports.

It cannot stressed enough that in today’s world of electronic media that a home network is a consumer’s most important purchase. A home network supports a homeowner’s ability to surf the Internet, share files, download documents and backbone their growing consumption of web-based entertainment.

Pakedge, a Foster City, Calif.-based manufacturer of networking components has just introduced its latest product to support a homeowner’s ability to reliably surf, download and stream content from the Internet, as well as other content that resides on their network. The Bay area company’s new S26e 24-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch is engineered to support a home or small businesses’ ability to stream HD video; download data intensive high resolution files, share and distribute files within a network, and support their network’s evolution as technology changes.

“The S26e is an enterprise-class gigabit Ethernet switch and an easy-to-use network switching solution for custom installation A/V applications, smart home networks and security systems,” explains Victor Pak, president and CEO of Pakedge. “It’s also the first Pakedge switch that enables Ethernet and fiber ports to be used at the same time which provides greatly enhanced versatility for the installer.”

Pakedge says the “e” in the product’s name stands for “express” and it points out the unmanaged switch is a plug-and-play solution that installs quickly. The switch incorporates 24 ports 10/100/1000 Mbps gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as two small form factor pluggable (SFP) mini-GBIC fiber ports that can be used simultaneously with the Ethernet ports. The company says the fiber ports can be used in situations where longer cabling runs are needed, and that like other Pakedge networking solutions, the S26e’s wiring connections are made from the rear of the product to facilitate clean and accessible installations in environments that include racks and cabinets.

Other features that Pakedge includes in the 26e switch is an Automatic Loop Detection that prevents looping issues where a device’s cable may be incorrectly plugged into the wrong input, and the company’s store-and-forward architecture that filters and forwards data packets without slowing and blocking data activity. Pakedge adds the unit also incorporates its Auto-MDI/MDI-X functionality that eliminates the need for crossover cables; blue LED indicator lights that communicate network status, and the 1U-high unit also supports the NWay auto-negotiation protocol that automatically detects network speeds and full/half duplex modes.





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Article Topics

Product News · Video · Digital Media · Installation · Networking · Pakedge · Home Network · Fiber Optic · Gigabit Network · Small Office Network · All topics

About the Author

Robert Archer, Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass.

2 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Bjørn Jensen  on  02/13  at  10:24 PM

Sorry….I couldn’t help it.

1.] “Enterprise Grade” yet it’s unmanaged and doesn’t have tools like the ability to do VLAN’s, troubleshoot, SNMP, etc.???

2.] “Automatic Loop Detection”?  You mean STP (Spanning Tree Protocol)?  Yeah, this is a basic feature on all “Enterprise Grade Switches.”  Changing the name doesn’t make it something new.

3.] “Store and forward” feature.  Yes, this too is a basic feature on MANY switches.

4.] “Pakedge’s Auto-MDI/MDI-X functionality”.  Try and find a switch without this feature in any store today (or the past 5 years) whether it be Best Buy or Costco.

I know some will say I’m hating but this is just too much for me to handle.  I’m sure it’s a great switch but to pass these “features” off as something new or amazing is just wrong.

One thing I will say about Pakedge is that they do a stellar job at creating products for OUR industry.  I LOVE the fact that some of their AP’s are flush mounted.  Anyone dealing with designers and/or homeowners will understand why.  I also LOVE the fact that their switches, as mentioned in this article, have the ports mounted in the back so a client can show off his rack without seeing all of the cables coming out.  I take my hat off to them for this and I WISH I could get our manufacturers to see the wisdom.

I won’t talk about the elephant in the room that rhymes with Beru Networks.  I just find this article a little insulting to anybody that understands what switches today can already do and what a real “Enterprise Grade Switch” is.

No offense to the author intended at all as my intention was to address the content that he was writing about.

Posted by Bjørn Jensen  on  02/13  at  10:40 PM

Also, a quick warning to anybody using Crestron’s DM products on this switch.  If there is no way to disable STP or in this article “Automatic Loop Detection” on the port the DM piece is installed, the port will shut down and your DM system will not function.

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