D-Link launches managed green Ethernet switch

by CXOtoday Staff    May 05, 2010

D-Link has launched a ‘green managed’ switch — D-Link Green 24-port Managed Gigabit Switch (DGS-3200-24) — as part of its commitment to green computing in the networking space. The device is available in three versions (10-, 16-, 24-port) and is priced in the range of Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000.

Claimed to be the first green managed switch, it incorporates D-Link Green Technology that automatically detects device link status and powers down only those ports that are not being used or not connected to any system at all. The switch also reduces power usage by sensing the distance between a port and the PC on the network. Depending on the distance (cable length) the switch adjusts the strength of the transmitted Ethernet signal, thereby reducing power usage.

Gary Yang, MD, D-Link (India) said, "D-Link has always been committed to green computing and has taken a lead in developing innovative, power-saving technology that is ideal for both home and business environments."

Jayesh Kotak, VP-Product (marketing), D-Link (India), said that since the company began their green initiative in Q4 2007, the price difference between the green and ‘non-green’ products has now become non-existent.

Other features include fan-less design for the 10-port switch, heat sensor for the 16/24-port switch that optimizes fan speeds, and ability to operate at temperatures as high as 50 degrees in the event of an air conditioning failure. The DGS-3200-24 supports both IPv4 and the new IPv6 protocols, and supports multiple authentication techniques over a single port.

Kotak explained that the D-Link DGS-3200’s compact design helps customers lower their operating expenses by cutting down on electricity consumption and also reduces the capital expenditure on power backup investments.

D-Link also owns a website, www.dlinkGreen.com that outlines its initiatives and provides an energy calculator for companies that would like to get an idea on the kind of savings they can make.Apart from following eco-friendly practices in the manufacture of its green IT products, the company executives said that they also ensure the packaging uses recyclable materials.