First Look: PowerConnect 3048

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor,

Dell announced availability of its PowerConnect 3048 for U.S. customers who need Gigabit Ethernet performance in a switch that offers flexible stacking and comprehensive management features.

The Dell PowerConnect 3048 is a 48-port Fast Ethernet switch that includes two copper Gigabit Ethernet ports and two fiber Gigabit Ethernet slots, which can be used simultaneously. The switch is one rack-unit high (1U), rack-mountable and stackable. It can be managed via an embedded Web server or third-party management console applications using open-management standards.

With the PowerConnect 3048, Dell says that it now offers three managed and four unmanaged switches to meet the varied needs of small and medium business customers. The new product will be fully stackable and compatible with the PowerConnect 3024, which has been shipping since September 2001. All switches include Dell service and support.

Technical features of the Dell PowerConnect 3048 include:
21.6 Gbps Total Switching Capacity
16.1 Mpps Maximum Forwarding Rate
48 10/100 BaseTX Fast Ethernet Ports
2 Built-In Copper Gigabit Ethernet Ports (10/100/1000 BaseT)
Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Ports using 2 SFP transceivers
2 Built-In Gigabit Stacking Ports
Up to 256 802.1Q VLAN
802.1p Priority
Link Aggregation
IGMP Support
Embedded Web Server, Serial & Telnet, SNMP and RMON Management
Spanning Tree
1U, Rack Mountable Form Factor

The Dell PowerConnect 3048 is priced at $1,299.

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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