Distributor Ingram Micro has unveiled a new line of full-featured Ethernet switches targeted at SMBs and home users, at a corresponding price point. Released through v7, the companys global manufacturing arm, which typically has focused on computer accessories and supplies, the new Ethernet line will be sold exclusively through Ingrams VARs and partners worldwide. The V7 Fast Ethernet or Gigabit line supports easy installation and standards-based interoperability with existing Ethernet network infrastructure.
Designed for customers with small or growing networks that prioritize cost-effective reliability with high throughput, the V7 8- and 5-Port Unmanaged 10/100/1000mpbs Ethernet and Gigabit Networking Switches link LAN elements such as workstations, cameras, servers, storage units, VoIP phones to wired or wireless non-blocking Ethernet.
Our new line of reliable and affordable switches takes expanding networks to the next level in connectivity speed and efficiency, said Rainer Kozlik, vice president and general manager of Ingram Micros Global V7 Private Label Group. For a low price, our switches can serve as the network backbone for sharing e-mail, printers, files, multiplayer games, hard drives and more, creating significant value for VARS and customers alike.
The new line carries a one-year warranty and all products are backed by the companys global distribution network. Pricing for the five- and eight-port Ethernet switches start at $24.99 and $49.99, while their Gigabit counterparts come in at $59.99 and $79.99, respectively.
With V7s new unmanaged networking switches, small-office/home office, small businesses and the geared-up home user can enjoy increased network functionality without having to spend a lot of money or have advanced training, said Robert Forster, director of product marketing for Ingram Micros Private Label division. Once you connect the hardware, your switch is in business and so is your network.