Under the Bay Networks aegis since 1994's highly publicised merger between Wellfleet and Synoptics, the 28115 is a well designed product with a slick, smoked plastic front cover complete with flashing lights and push-buttons. It is sturdy and relatively heavy, explaining the large brackets needed for rack-mounting. The power connector is on the back of the unit with a power switch. Most manufacturers do not include a power switch; it's one more thing to go wrong. The 28115 is a dual 10/100Mb switch with each port capable of operating at either speed. Its expansion ports will operate in full duplex at 100Mbps and 200Mbps. The management interface is accessed via a serial link, which comes out on the front panel on an RJ45. A cable is needed to connect this port with a PC but is not supplied.
There are less options supplied than with most of the other switches, perhaps because of Bay Networks' own management program, Optivity. The intention is that complex configuration options are controlled using Optivity, while more simple ones can be set using the controls and displays on the front panel. These are pretty basic and slow as there are only three buttons. The manual is not very comprehensive.
Those planning a future around Fast Ethernet will find the 28115 future-proofed. Those who believe ATM is the future ought to consider other options.
End user price for the configuration supplied: #16,000
Distribution channels: Indirect only
Distributors: Anixter, Azlan, Unity, Ingram, Frontline, Persona
Number of resellers supplied direct: 'About 12'
Volume discount available: Yes
Co-operative marketing available: Yes
Other vendor promotional activity: Marketing, ads
Accreditation required/available: Available
Var support line: Yes
Customer support line: Through reseller
Contact for sales enquiries: Amanda O'Kelly 01628 774477
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