Pakedge Gigabit Switches Include Fiber Provisions

The 24-port S28fe and 16-port S20fe incorporate Ethernet and fiber options as well as Pakedge's Automatic Loop Detection which is said to prevent unwanted signal loops.

Pakedge has just introduced two new network gigabit switches that include multiple ports for fiber connectivity.
Robert Archer · December 3, 2013

A recent study from NPD tells the consumer electronics industry everything it should want to know about the future of home entertainment. According to the research firm, disc rental activity has fallen significantly over the course of the year while Internet sites such as YouTube and Netflix dominate web traffic.

What does this mean? For installers it means the importance of the home networks they install will continue to grow and the need for high-speed network solutions will only become greater over time.

Stepping up to fill the market’s hunger for high-speed network devices for the home are manufacturers like the Foster City, California company Pakedge. Recently Pakedge introduced several new home network products that include the S28fe and S20fe unmanaged gigabit Ethernet network switches. Pakedge says both products incorporate four fiber ports each, as well as 24 Ethernet and 16 Ethernet ports each respectively to provide dealers with the ability to network large spaces with high-speed networking services via fiber or Ethernet. 

Externally, the 10/100/1000 switches feature Pakedge’s latest industrial designs that include provisions to accommodate its 1U brush plate and 2U/3U cover plates designed to facilitate a clean, neat appearance that complements their inclusion in racks that also hold A/V gear. Both switches also include quiet-running fans for use in home environments and the company’s Automatic Loop Detection technology that is said to prevent unwanted signal loops typically caused by plugging cables into the wrong port.

Other features include:

  • Pakedge’s Store-and-Forward architecture that filters errors and forwards data packets without blockage
  • Support for the NWay auto-negotiation protocol to automatically detect network speeds and full/half duplex modes
  • Auto-MDI/MDI-X functionality that eliminates the need for crossover cables
  • Blue front panel system status indicators

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  About the Author

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). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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