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Cisco Systems Inc has launched a new family of switching and routing products aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses under the name NetBeyond. On the Ethernet switching front, the company has launched the EtherSwitch 1220 and 1420, two new models in the EtherSwitch range acquired with the takeover of Kalpana Inc (CI No 2,529). The 1220 is fixed-configuration which comes in two versions, with 24 10Base-T ports and either two 100Base-TX ports, or one 100Base-TX port and one 100Base-FX port. The 1420 is modular, and has 24 10Base-T ports and two expansion slots for 100Base-TX and 100Base-FX single-port and multi-port repeater modules, or FDDI modules. It also comes with the choice of either 2K or 8K of MAC address memory. The product also has a Switch Probe Analyzer port for connectivity to a network analyzer or RMON problem. The products are due to ship this month, costing from $129 per port. The new 1600 series of Internet/Intranet access routers has, as standard, one Ethernet port, a built-in WAN port – the different models offer different WAN interfaces, and a WAN interface card expansion slot. The Model 1601 incorporates a built-in serial WAN port; the 1602 has an on-board Channel Service Unit/Data Service Unit; the 1603 has an ISDN BRI port; and the 1604, aimed at the North American market, has an ISDN interface, and a built-in Network Termination NT-1 device. Security features include firewalling, user, router and route authentification, and Lock & Key and Payload encryption, while protocol support is available for the Resource Reservation, Weighted Fair Queuing, Real-Time Transport, and IP Multicast. The family also incorporates an IP to IPX gateway feature. List prices start at $1,495 and the product is shipping now. For small- to medium-sized branch offices, as well as similar sized Internet service providers, the company has launched the 3600 series of dial-access solutions. The 3620 incorporates up to six ISDN Primary Rate Interface connections, or up to 24 Basic Rate Interface connections, while the 3620 has one Ethernet and either one Primary Rate Interface connection, or four Basic Rate links. Both also come with expansion slots – two on the 3620 and four on the 3640 – for an extra one or two Ethernet connections, and two user-configurable WAN interface card slots, accepting the same cards as for the 1600 series. For the ISDN Primary Rate Interfaces, the company is also releasing an optional onboard Channel Service Unit/Data Service Unit, while for North American customers there is also an optional integrated NT-1 device. On the protocol side, the products support Resource Reservation, Protocol Independent Multicast, and Weighted fair Queuing. List price for the 3620 starts at $2,900, while the 3640 goes from $6,500. The Primary Rate module cards start at $2,600, and the Basic Rate from $1,100. All of the products are shipping now.

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