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Network Infrastructure - 23 Aug 2005

Network Building Blocks

A sound network foundation is the key to your business's effectiveness and productivity. Your network infrastructure should be the invisible plumbing that enables the transport of company data and communications. At the core of this foundation are the hard-working infrastructure components that you might take for granted. Your routers and switches pave the way for the movement of data inside and outside your business. If you've implemented a wireless network, wireless APs and NICs enable safe and secure communications out in the ether. KVM switches, fax gateways, and VoIP solutions let you implement other key business functionality. Here are the winners in our Network Infrastructure category.


802.11a/b/g Wireless AP
1st—Cisco Systems Cisco 1200 Aironet Series AP
2nd—SMC Networks SMC2870W EZ Connect g Wireless Ethernet Bridge

802.11a/b/g Wireless NIC
1st— Linksys Wireless-G PC Card with SpeedBooster
2nd—Cisco Systems Cisco Aironet 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Card Adapter
3rd—SMC Networks SMC2835W EZ Connect g Wireless Cardbus Adapter

Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) Switch
1st—Linksys ProConnect 4-Port KVM Switch
2nd—Dell KVM over IP Console Switches
3rd—ATEN Technology KM0432 Matrix 32-Port KVM Switch

Fax Gateway
1st—Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003's Shared Fax Service
2nd—GFI Software GFI FAXmaker for Exchange/SMTP
3rd—Captaris RightFax

1st—Cisco Systems Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Router
2nd—Microsoft Windows Server 2003
3rd—ADTRAN NetVanta Routers

1st—Linksys EtherFast 8-Port 10/100 Workgroup Switch
2nd—Dell PowerConnect Switches
3rd—SMC Networks SMC6752AL2 48-Port 10/100 Managed Switch with 2 Gigabit Ports and 2 Gigabit Combo Ports

VoIP Solution
1st—Linksys Phone Adapter with 2 Phone Ports (PAP2)
2nd—WildPackets EtherPeek VX
3rd—ADTRAN NetVanta 1224STR PoE

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