Woburn, Massachusetts-based Focus Enhancements Inc has launched the EtherLAN Hub 16 V, a stand-alone 16-port repeater hub for use in 10Base-T Ethernet networks, or in mixed thin, thick and 10Base-T networks. The Hub 16 V can also serve as a node on any thinnet backbone or segment, the company notes. The EtherLAN Hub 16 V provides 16 10Base-T ports and one BNC (thinnet) port for unshielded twisted pair connections with iAPX-86-based and Macintosh personal computers and Unix workstations. Each 10Base-T port can support one network node, Focus says, and Standard Category 3 or 5 twisted pair cable can be used for connection to the 10Base-T ports, said the company. The BNC connector enables up to 30 devices to be joined via standard coaxial cable and T-connectors. The hub is designed to provide auto-partitioning and reconnection, enabling the removal of a port under excessive collision, and then reinstatement of the port once it is clear. Moreover, as management software is not required to support this feature, the network manager merely needs to connect the hub, after which it essentially manages itself, claimed the company. The EtherLAN Hub 16 V can be connected to another Hub 16 V in a cascaded manner, using standard 10Base-T cabling through port 16, which is sw itch-selectable as ‘in’ or ‘out’, said the firm. The hub also includes its own power switch and internal power supply, and is claimed to be quick and easy to install in facilities that include an existing 10Base-T wall jack or BNC connection. The suggested retail price of the EtherLAN Hub 16 V is $440. It is available immediately.