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USRobotics Adds Four Smart Switches to Courier Business Product Line


Chicago (October 3, 2006) – USRobotics, a Platinum Equity company, announced the addition of four Smart Switches to its Courier Business Product line today at IT Channel Vision. The switches are available with 16, 24, and 48 Gigabit ports, and 24 10/100 ports with Power over Ethernet + 2 Gigabit ports. These switches join the networking company’s other business class products, including the Professional Access Point, the USR8200 Firewall/VPN/NAS, and the 4-Drive Serial ATA Network Attached Storage device.

“Our new Smart Switches are ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses,” said Frank Sugino, Senior Product Manager at USRobotics. “The switches offer a level of manageability, speed, and simplicity without the complexity of fully-managed switches. They round out our ever-growing Courier product line for business.”

The four Smart Switches include the USR997716 16-Port Gigabit Smart Switch, the USR997724 24-Port Gigabit Smart Switch, the USR997748 48-Port Gigabit Smart Switch, and the USR997624 24-Port 10/100 PoE + 2-Port Gigabit Smart Switch.

Each switch delivers the performance and manageability required by advanced users, but is designed for easy installation, management, and expansion. With 16, 24, or 48 auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, each port automatically detects and matches the speed of the connected device, and auto-switching (Auto-MDI/MDIX) eliminates the need for cross-over cables. The simple Web-based configuration provides support for VLAN, 802.1p Quality of Service traffic prioritization, port mirroring, and specific port configurations.

The USR997624 24-Port 10/100 PoE + 2-Port Gigabit Smart Switch delivers data connectivity and DC power to Ethernet devices in difficult to reach locations. It supports variable power settings up to 15.4W per port, with a total power budget of 170W. It also includes two gigabit ports for additional high speed connectivity. Management features on the USR997624 include support for PoE priority settings so high priority devices such as IP Phones and wireless access points stay powered in case of unexpected power drain. The PoE Smart Switch also includes both current and circuitry sorting protection.

The USR997716, USR997724, and USR997624 will be available online at and from our major distributors (Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H, and Synnex) that supply our growing Value Added Reseller community in November, and the USR997748 will be available in January. MSRPs are:

  • USR997716 16-Port Gigabit Smart Switch - $249.99
  • USR997724 24-Port Gigabit Smart Switch - $299.99
  • USR997748 48-Port Gigabit Smart Switch - $729.99
  • USR997624 24-Port 10/100 PoE & 2-Port Gigabit Smart Switch - $389.99

About USRobotics

USRobotics is a Platinum Equity company. For three decades, the company has been a leader in Internet access and networking, helping millions of people connect to the Internet with powerful, innovative products. The company is rapidly expanding its category leadership by transforming the latest technologies into reliable and easy-to-use high performance products, including high-speed, broadband modems; wired and wireless networking solutions; and Internet security devices; for the growing home, home office, and small- to medium-sized business markets. The company is dedicated to keeping people connected worldwide – to information, entertainment, and each other. USRobotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area. For further information, please visit the Web site at

USRobotics is a registered trademark of U.S. Robotics Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.