ZyXEL Announces ES-2108 Series 8-port Managed Layer 2 Edge Fast Ethernet Switch for Small Workgroups

ZyXEL Announces ES-2108 Series 8-port Managed Layer 2 Edge Fast Ethernet Switch for Small Workgroups

Hsinchu, Taiwan, November 15, 2005 -- ZyXEL Communications (TSE: 2391), world's leading broadband access solutions provider, today unveils its ES-2108 and ES-2108-G 8-port managed Layer 2 edge Fast Ethernet switches. Developed exclusively for smaller networks, the versatile ES-2108 series offers a fan-less design offering quiet operation and high performance. The ES-2108 series sports powerful QoS bandwidth management, IP multicasting, as well as easy administration for multimedia services and low-cost preferred by small office. For small network deployment or ETTH (Ethernet to the Home) applications, the ZyXEL ES-2108 series is the most sensational choice for business and government agencies alike.

ZyXEL ES-2108 series comes in a 1U-height, 10-inch desktop/chassis convertible form factor; and it provides a non-blocking switching fabric with the throughput up to 3.6Gbps. The ES-2108 series features eight 10/100Mbps RJ-45 ports, and one additional GbE uplink port ("dual personality" doubles as a Small Form-factor Pluggable slot or a 1000MB RJ-45 port) on ES-2108-G for flexible deployment and long-range connectivity.

As Triple-Play services become prevalent in businesses, the ZyXEL ES-2108 series supports many unique features to maximize the efficiency of available network resources. For instance, the series supports Traffic Management, QoS, four Priority Queues per port and port-based rate limiting policies that effectively prioritize key services like video or voice applications. In addition, the ES-2108 series also supports GVRP (Group VLAN Registration Protocol) and IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) Snooping to achieve the best possible service quality.

On the network security front, ZyXEL ES-2108 series supports 802.1x port-based User Authentication, up to 8K MAC entries, up to 4K 802.1Q dynamic entries and 256 static VLAN capacity to strengthen the protection to network nodes. The MAC Freeze and MAC Filtering features are capable of setting security policies based on device MAC addresses, and the intuitive management interface also relieves administration burden significantly. Moreover, the Intrusion Lock feature can disable a port when an Ethernet cable is disconnected, preventing intrusion attacks from accessing network through the switch.

ZyXEL ES-2108 demonstrates its intelligence and power with advanced management capabilities; such as the ZyXEL-exclusive iStacking(TM) clustering management technology that attempts to locate other iStacking-capable switches in the same domain, and it allows administrators to manage up to 24 switches with one single IP. IT staff can opt for Web or Telnet interface to suit their convenience, and even encrypt their instructions with SSHv1/v2 and SSL/TLS. More information on ZyXEL ES-2108 series please visit http://www.zyxel.com.

ZyXEL ES-2108 series is currently available and can be ordered via ZyXEL's global sales network of system integrators and value-added resellers. To find a ZyXEL distributor nearest your location, please consult: http://www.zyxel.com/wherebuy/index.php.

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Co. (TSE: 2391), located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is world's largest DSL router provider (Gartner, August 2005). ZyXEL's broad line of Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions includes access multiplexors, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN equipment, enabling high-performance network services for SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL works closely with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other major businesses. For more information, visit the company's Website at http://www.zyxel.com.