Press Release: December 01, 2003

HP ProCurve Networking Enhances Switch Line with Affordable Power-over-Ethernet

Powered version of cost-effective Ethernet switch designed to drive adoption of voice-over-IP in the enterprise
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 1, 2003

HP ProCurve Networking today announced the availability of two new Ethernet switches that offer Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) functionality in an affordable, stackable design. The new switches allow businesses of all sizes to more easily and efficiently deploy IP phones, wireless access points, Web cameras and other devices requiring an external power supply.

Joining the popular 2600 series of managed switches, the HP ProCurve Switch 2626-PWR and Switch 2650-PWR are low-cost, stackable, multi-layer, managed switches. Both switches are IEEE 802.3af compliant for Power-over-Ethernet, providing up to 15.4 watts per port. The switches also feature the flexibility of two different port densities, allowing customers to choose the technology that most closely fits their business needs.

"Deploying the Power over Ethernet-enabled HP ProCurve Switch 2626-PWR and 2650-PWR streamlines your wiring closet while minimizing the possibility of an access point being unplugged and not plugged back in, thus avoiding disruptions to the operation of the network," said Mohammad Maleki, computing center network engineer, University of Oregon.

The HP ProCurve Switch 2626-PWR is a 26-port switch with 24 auto-sensing 10/100 ports and two dual-personality ports for 10/100/1000 or mini-GBIC connectivity. The Switch 2650-PWR is a 50-port switch with 48 auto-sensing 10/100 ports and two dual-personality ports for 10/100/1000 or mini-GBIC connectivity. Eliminating the need for a separate power source, both switches support IP phones or other IEEE 802.3af-compliant devices with internal power supplies. An external redundant power supply is planned to be available soon as an accessory.

"With these ProCurve switches, businesses of all sizes can add affordable Power-over-Ethernet to the wiring closet without having to buy additional technology they don't need or sacrificing the ability to expand as their business grows," said John McHugh, general manager and vice president, HP ProCurve Networking Business. "These switches will help drive down the cost of deploying voice-over-IP applications, accelerating adoption of VoIP and similar converged technologies."

Engineered to address the industry's most critical convergence, security and interoperability needs, the HP ProCurve 2600 series PoE switches feature:

  • IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet: The switches provide 360 watts of 48 volts for powering IEEE 802.3af-compliant devices; the Switch 2626-PWR provides a full 15.4 watts on all 24 10/100 ports; the Switch 2650-PWR provides up to 15.4 watts per port with an average of 7.5 watts on all 48 10/100 ports.
  • Advanced Network Security: The switches offer 802.1X and RADIUS network login to control port-based access for authentication and accountability; port security prevents unauthorized access using MAC address lockdown; switches feature Secure Shell (SSHv2) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for secure access; TACACS+ eases switch management security administration by using a password authentication server.
  • Advanced Performance: 13.6 Gbps backplane and wire-speed non-blocking architecture for low latency throughput; Rapid Convergence Spanning Tree Protocol (802.1w) increases network uptime through faster recovery from failed links; supports up to 30 port-based VLANs, GVRP, and 802.1Q VLAN tagging; traffic prioritization (802.1p) allows real-time traffic classification into eight priority levels; Group VLAN Registration Protocol (GVRP) allows automatic learning and dynamic assignment of VLANs.
  • Advanced Functionality: Two 10/100/1000 ports or mini-GBIC slots for optional fiber connectivity such as Gigabit-SX, -LX or -LH; basic IP routing enables automatic routing with up to 16 external routes – including one default route – in IP networks; 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and HP trunking supports up to six trunks, each with up to four links (ports) per trunk, trunking across modules is supported.
  • Stacking Capability: Single IP address management for a virtual stack of up to 16 switches, including the 2500 series, 2600 series, 2800 series, 4000m, 6108, 8000m and 4100gl series.

The introduction of the Switch 2626-PWR and Switch 2650-PWR further extends support for the HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture into the convergence domain. The Adaptive EDGE Architecture enables companies to more affordably manage complex applications – including mobility, security and convergence – more effectively through the use of intelligent technology at the edge of the network. It is the only design that recognizes the necessary addition of functionality to the network edge and gives customers a cost-effective, easy-to-manage solution to achieve command from the center with control to the edge of the network.

Pricing and availability

Available now, the HP ProCurve Switch 2626-PWR and HP ProCurve Switch 2650-PWR have recommended U.S. list prices of $2,599 and $4,899, respectively.(1)

The HP ProCurve Switch 2600-PWR series, as with most HP ProCurve products, comes with a lifetime hardware warranty and phone support at no additional cost, along with free software updates and next-business-day advance replacement in most countries. The HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9300m series and HP ProCurve Secure Access 700wl series both come with no-charge lifetime software upgrades and phone support plus a one-year hardware warranty with optional extensions available.

To help customers get the best return on their information technology investments, HP offers the HP ProCurve family of products, services and solutions – including Ethernet switches, routing switches and network-management applications – which allows customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.

More information about HP ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at

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