Managed Layer 2 Ethernet Switch features 9 optical ports.

Press Release Summary:

Along with Gigabit Ethernet transmission capability, EtherNav(TM) D7608 features mechanisms to monitor, configure, and manage VLAN. Console interface, using RS-232 interface, allows for local network control from PC, while web-based GUI enables remote configuration control. Mechanically and environmentally hardened unit features up to 9 optical 10/100 FX fast Ethernet ports. It supports SNMP v2C, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, and is RFC1213-compliant.

Original Press Release:

GE Security Introduces New Model to IFS EtherNav(TM) Industrial Hardened Managed Ethernet Switch Series

IFS EtherNav(TM) D7608 Features More Optical or Electrical Fast Ethernet Ports for use in Applications with Longer Distances.

ORLANDO, FL. SEPTMBER 12, 2005 -GE Security, the manufacturer of IFS fiber optic transmission equipment, has announced the introduction of a new model within the EtherNav(TM) D7600 Series of managed layer 2 Ethernet switches. This new model, the IFS EtherNAV(TM) D7608, features up to 9 optical 10/100 FX fast Ethernet ports. Optical Ethernet transmission is preferred when distances exceed the limits of traditional CAT 5 cables. A managed Ethernet switch is a device that segments Ethernet network traffic to enhance performance and for better bandwidth allocation. It has become an essential piece of equipment when local area networks (LAN) are handling multiple devices such as cameras and DVRs. A managed switch allows "virtual local area networks" or (VLANS) to be created that allows networks to be created using software rather than hardware. An interesting feature of the EtherNav(TM) line is the inclusion a Gigabit electrical or optical port in some models. As more and more devices are being integrated on to these Ethernet networks, bandwidth can become an issue and by utilizing a Gigabit Ethernet (1 Gbps) provides a significant increase in bandwidth over older Fast Ethernet. This allows devices utilizing EtherNav(TM) switches to be easily integrated into larger networks. IFS is one of the first manufacturers to utilize a Gigabit Ethernet transmission capability in its initial managed switch product line introduction. The EtherNav(TM) Series also features Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (IEE 802.1w) for quick data recovery.

The EtherNav(TM) Managed Ethernet Switch has several mechanisms to monitor, configure, and manage the VLAN it is tasked to manage. A console interface using a standard RS-232 interface allows for local network control from a standard PC. Alternatively, a web-based graphical user interface or GUI will allow for remote configuration control from anywhere on an Ethernet based network.

For Higher Level System Management, the EtherNav(TM) line supports SNMP or Simple Network Management Protocol Version 2C and is RFC1213 compliant. The benefit of SNMP is that it allows for a standards based network element management system to be utilized for status monitoring and management of their network.

The EtherNav(TM) Managed Ethernet Switch was designed from the ground up to be mechanically and environmentally hardened for use in unconditioned environments. It has passed the rigorous tests and meets the CALTRANS and NEMA test standards. Many of the current competitive models available are not designed for more demanding outdoor and factory installations. The IFS EtherNav(TM) Series can be configured with a redundant power supply for greater reliability and is one of the only managed switch available with that feature.

The IFS EtherNav(TM) D7600 Series is designed for use in today's modern Industrial Security, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Industrial Control applications where monitoring and control are taking place in centralized locations." Said Bruce Berman, Infrastructure Transportation/Infrastructure Sales Manager. "These applications are extremely sensitive to variable delays and network congestion, which are unavoidable on a shared Ethernet network. By configuring the devices in a VLAN, sufficient bandwidth can be allocated for each, thereby ensuring effective management of the network devices," continued Berman.

All models of the EtherNav(TM) Series are FCC and CE compliant and have an operating temperature range of between - 40 degrees C to + 74 degrees C. And like all IFS products, they are backed by an exclusive Comprehensive Lifetime Product Warranty.

About International Fiber Systems
Part of GE Security, Inc., IFS is at the forefront of advances in fiber optic technologies. The company offers more than 300 analog and digital fiber optic products for commercial and industrial applications, which include CCTV, access control, data transmission, fire and alarm system applications, intelligent transportation systems, facility and building automation, and broadcast systems.

For more information, please contact Skip Haight at 203.426.1180; or e-mail IFS at You may also find IFS on the World Wide Web at Electronic files of this release and photos of these products are available by contacting the IFS Marketing Department via e-mail at

About GE Security, Inc.
GE Security, part of GE Infrastructure, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) focused on communication and information technologies for security, safety and lifestyle enhancements. GE Security has operations in more than 30 countries and is represented by some of the best-known brand names for intrusion and fire detection, access and building control, video surveillance, explosive and drug detection, key management and structured wiring. For more information about GE Security, please visit

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