Irving, Texas-based NetWorth Inc has followed up the launch of its Series 6000 hub with the lower-end Series 2000 Snappable Ethernet Hub. The product, which is Simple Network Management Protocol-manageable, has 16 ports, and is designed for connecting multiple departmental network groups scattered over distributed locations. It incorporates the company’s new Extended Repeater Architecture, which Networth promises will enable network managers to connect multiple workgroups without the need for multiple repeater-hops, and enables hubs to be interconnected over extended distances via a simple unshielded twisted pair expansion backplane cable. Indeed, NetWorth claims that using a unshielded expansion backplane cable (either standard Category 3 or 5 unshielded twisted pair cable), as many as 10 of the hubs can be interconnected within 150 feet to create a single logical repeater, and over distances of up to 250 feet as two repeaters. For the future, NetWorth says that an eight-port version will be launched, and 100Mbps capabilities will be added. NetWorth is not quoting list prices, but says that the hub can cost as little as $78 per port. Availability is immediate.
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