Extreme Reaches out to the LAN

Arthur Cole

Enterprises spend a lot of money delivering Ethernet to workers at their desks, but how many have given thought to extending that functionality to, say, the conference room or to visiting areas?

Extreme Networks says it has heard from a fair number of clients who say they would love to push connectivity to the outer edge of the LAN, but can't find an economical way to do it. So the company has come out with a new Ethernet extension device and management stack to make it happen.

The ReachNXT 100-8t offers eight ports of 10/100Base-T Fast Ethernet service that accommodates laptops and other mobile devices. It also acts as a fibre-to-copper media converter.

The device is governed by the EPICenter management system the uses the ExtremeXOS operating system and an upstream ExtremeXOS switch to extend network visibility beyond the wiring closet and into the LAN itself. The system provides a new topology map that has an improved GUI that offers improved access to network services, as well as upgraded scripting and programming language capabilities.

The system also improves security, both by extending visibility to the LAN edge and by monitoring non-enterprise devices on the network.

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