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Extreme Networks Debuts Power over Ethernet Switch For Edge Devices

Extreme Networks has released a new power-over-Ethernet switch that eases the deployment of Internet protocol phones, wireless access points, and other edge devices.

Described by Extreme as a "universal Ethernet jack," the new Summit 300-24 features 24 10/100 Ethernet ports, two Gigabit ports, and two mini-GBIC ports, delivering two active gigabit uplinks, all supporting Quality of Service and Open Shortest Path First routing.

It supports power over Ethernet (PoE), drawing 15.4 watts per port over the network infrastructure rather than through power cords. This means that the Summit 300-24e can be dropped anywhere in a network to drive IP telephones, wireless devices and surveillance cameras without the necessity of a nearby electrical connection.

In addition to offering the potential of deploying pervasive wireless access points throughout a facility, the Summit 300-24 provides QoS for voice over wireless LAN through its support of the proprietary SpectraLink Voice Priority and Inter-Access Point protocols.

Bucking the trend of concentrating network intelligence to the core, Extreme believes that Extreme believes that the expanding demand for a multiplicity of network applications and services requires intelligence at the network edge. Edge devices have to be able to support a wide and complex array voice, wireless networking and simple mobile computing devices.

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