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Intel® Express 410T Standalone Switch
Page 1 - Intel's Low Cost Networking Solution
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: January 04, 2002
Category: Hardware
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Intel® Express 410T Standalone Switch

Let me start off by stating the obvious: the Intel 410T is not for everyone. In fact, this product is aimed mostly at small to medium sized business and people who host LAN parties. The average house hold could do with a cheap Linksys, Netgear, or similar switch or maybe even just a hub.

I'm going start off by listing the all important specifications

Speed (per port) 10/100, auto-negotiation
Duplex (per port) Half/Full, auto-negotiation
MAC Addresses 16000
Forwarding Mode Store & forward
Backplane 7.8 Gbps Full-Duplex

It's also important to note that this is a partially managed switch. This means you can console from the COM port into the console on the switch and change certain settings. These settings are nothing like a router's though. So, if you're expecting to configure NAT settings and traceroute, you want a router. In fact, all you can really control through the management console is the speed of each individual port and it's flow. But there aren't a whole lot of switches out there in this price range that are even partially managed, which makes this a key buying point for the switch. A truely managed switch would allow you to make certain ports or IPs into small workgroups, or VLans and filter some traffic. Additionally, the rack is 1 RU high and "stylish" so it should fit in nicely to any small office network rack and not take up too much space.

No Network Rack
No Network Rack
Router on Top
Router on Top

The out of box, into network experience was great and very easy, as setting up a switch should be. What I was impressed with was the amount of care Intel put into total package. There were four different types of power cables! They made sure you had every type of power cable you could possibly use. It came with the 4 power cables, 1 Serial cable, 4 rubber "feet", the brackets to mount the switch to a network rack, the mounting screws, a manual (with many languages), and, of course, the switch itself. In general, it was a nicely prepared package.

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