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Small Network Equipment

Last Updated: 09/19/17 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

Network Equipment that is intended to serve users in either small networks or a subset of a large network.

Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, Energy Star-qualified network equipment has the lowest life-cycle cost. An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.

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DEFINITIONS

Small Network Equipment: A device whose primary function is to pass Internet Protocol (IP) traffic among various network interfaces / ports intended for use in residential and small business settings.

Broadband Access Equipment

Broadband Modem: A device that transmits and receives digitally–modulated analog signals over a wired or optical network as its primary function. The Broadband Modem category does not include devices with integrated Router, Switch, or Access Point functionality.

Integrated Access Device (IAD): A network device with a modem and one or more of the following functions: wired network routing, multi–port Ethernet switching and/or access point functionality.

Optical Network Termination Device (ONT): A type of device that converts signals between copper (wired) or wireless connections and an optical fiber connection. ONTs are available in either desktop or building–mounted versions with different connectivity options.

Local Network Equipment

Access Point: A device that provides wireless network connectivity to multiple clients as its primary function. For the purposes of this specification, Access Points include devices providing only IEEE 802.11 (Wi–Fi) connectivity.

Router: A network device that determines the optimal path along which network traffic should be forwarded as its primary function. Routers forward packets from one network to another based on network layer information. Devices fitting this definition may provide both Router functionality and wireless network capability.

Switch: A network device that filters, forwards, and floods frames based on the destination address of each frame as its primary function. The switch operates at the data link layer of the OSI model.

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