ZyXEL Unveils ES-3124PWR Layer 2+ Intelligent Managed Power over Ethernet Switch

Enabling Superior Quality of Service and Robust Network Security

Hsinchu, June 14, 2005--ZyXEL Communications (TSE: 2391), world's leading broadband access solutions provider, today unveils ES-3124PWR, an intelligent L2+ managed Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch designed for enterprises and campuses need to deploy powered networking devices on remote locations. The new ES-3124PWR conforms to IEEE 802.3af standard to fit powered corporate network infrastructures. It also provides intelligent traffic management, strong access control and high-tolerance backup features. For modern applications like video, voice and wireless communications, the ES-3124PWR provides an excellent PoE solution with enhanced performance and security.

"The PoE technology in ZyXEL ES-3124PWR allows enterprises to transmit both data and electrical power to remote powered devices, such as IP camera, IP phone and wireless AP or routers, through existing CAT-5 UTP cabling," said Kerming Chen, VP of ZyXEL's SMB and Consumer Business Unit. "ES-3124PWR brings many advantages through single cabling, centralized remote power monitoring, as well as plug-and-play convenience and flexibility. These advantages will be reflected on lower deployment cost, higher management efficiency and future reconfiguration flexibility."

ZyXEL ES-3124PWR comes in a 19-inch, 1U-height chassis-mount design; featuring 24 standard 10/100BASE-Tx PoE ports and up to four GbE uplink ports: two 1000Mbps RJ-45 ports and two dual-personality GbE interfaces (1000Mbps RJ-45 ports or SFP open slots) capable of 12.8Gbps non-blocking switching speed, as well as L2+ switching throughput at full line rate.

What make ZyXEL ES-3124PWR stands out from the PoE switch crowd are remote power monitoring and intelligent traffic management features. To modern multimedia applications like IP camera and IP phone, the robust traffic control feature of ES-3124PWR offers state-of-the-art performance and quality of service (QoS).

As wire/wireless mixed networks become commonplace, ZyXEL ES-3124PWR provides an intelligent three-layer (L2/L3/L4) security architecture to corporate users. The architecture consists of network security policies, advanced MAC management, 802.1X user authentication and Access Control List (ACL) that empower administrators to deal with illegal access instantly, bringing strict security control to every port.

For even higher availability and reliability, the ES-3124PWR can be paired with ZyXEL BPS-120 Power Backup that supports dual power supply to minimize system outages caused by single power failures.

ZyXEL ES-3124PWR supports the ZyXEL-exclusive iStacking(tm) intelligent management which automatically locates other iStacking-capable ZyXEL switches, and controls up to 24 such switches with one single IP. Administrators can freely choose from Web and Telnet management interfaces, and activate SSHv1/v2 or SSL/TLS encryption for safe connections. Through these advanced features, administrators can save a significant amount of effort building safe, efficient and blackout-free company networks. More information on ES-3124PWR, please visit http://www.zyxel.com/product/model.php?indexcate=1118297306&indexcate1=1085450271&indexFlagvalue=1028014886

ZyXEL ES-3124PWR 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 http://www.zyxel.com/wherebuy/index.php.

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Corp. (TSE: 2391), located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is the world's largest DSL router provider (Gartner, July 2004). 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.