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Small Network Equipment

Last Updated: 10/01/19 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirementsopens in new window
Small Network Equipment

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

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Cable and DSL Modems
Optical Network Devices
Cable and DSL Integrated Access Devices
Access Points
Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

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.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
Additional Guidance


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.

Potential LEED Contributions

This product may contribute* toward points in multiple LEED v4 rating systems, including areas required for LEED v4 building certification. It will mainly enable calculations for energy simulations and plug load calculations demonstrating energy use improvements over baseline estimates. Primarily, the credits will apply in the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories. This includes the specialty areas of: New Construction and Major Renovation, Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse and Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Specific credits are:

  • Energy & Atmosphere - Optimize Energy Performance

* It is important to note that no products, individually or collectively, can guarantee a specific number of points for LEED Category credit. Each credit will need to be matched to the product by a certified professional.

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