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Asanté Introduces New Gigabit Switch for Less Than $25/Port

FriendlyNET GX5-800P Delivers 8 Ports in a Small Footprint SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 13-10-2003 -- Asanté Technologies, Inc. today announced the newest addition to Asanté's popular FriendlyNET® GX5 family of Gigabit Ethernet workgroup switches. The small GX5-800P transfers data across the network at speeds up to 1 Gbps (or 2 Gbps in full duplex mode) to quickly move streaming media and large files, such as DVD-sized contents, in a few minutes.

"This switch really brings Gigabit networking to small or home-based businesses, such as those involved in digital graphics, publishing, or scientific activities," said Wilson Wong, Chairman, President, and CEO of Asanté. "Engineers designed the GX5-800P for businesses needing a small, quiet, reliable network switch. Our new switch strengthens Asanté's commitment to bring affordable Gigabit Ethernet down to the desktop level."

Engineered to Fit in a Tight Budget

The handy GX5-800P switch is also ideal for both ad hoc networks and for extending Gigabit Ethernet to several desktops around the workspace. A single integrated switch engine automatically filters and forwards traffic at wire speed for all 8 ports simultaneously. Along with the switching power module, the GX5-800P is small enough to set up in very tight spaces. Key features include:

--  8 ports of 10/100/1000BaseT
--  Quiet, convection-cooled for silent operation
--  External switching power supply runs cooler and uses less power
--  Compatible with any Windows or Mac machine with a 10/100/1000BaseT
    Ethernet port
--  Auto-Uplink™ uses both straight and crossover cables--automatically
Pricing and Availability

Asanté resellers and systems integrators are offering this new product now:

--  GX5-800P. Desktop. 8-port 10/100/1000BaseT switch. Part #99-00789-01.
    Suggested retail: $199.
About Asanté

Asanté Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of network solutions for the enterprise, education, and service provider marketplaces. The company's FriendlyNET products simplify networking and provide Internet access for mobile and office professionals. Asanté's IntraCore® products support multi-service applications for large enterprises. For a list of Asanté resellers or additional information, visit or call 408-435-8401.

Asanté, FriendlyNET, and IntraCore are registered trademarks and Auto-Uplink is a trademark of Asanté Technologies, Inc. All other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information
Karen Richardson
Marketing Communications
408-435-8401, ext. 351

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