GE ML2400 Switch User Manual

Multilink ML2400
Ethernet Communications Switch
Chapter 2: Product Description
GE Consumer & Industrial
Product Description
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Introduction to the ML2400
The MultiLink ML2400 Ethernet Switch boosts the performance of large Ethernet LANs,
typically serving as a “backbone” switch. It has the flexibility to handle a mix of both fiber
and twisted-pair switched ports along with Gigabit backbone port options. Industry-
standard IEEE 802.1p QoS prioritization is included, providing high performance switching
services for both “smooth” streaming and “bursty” data traffic.
The MultiLink ML2400 Ethernet Switch has up to 25 ports capacity, all of which may be
configured as fiber ports, while offering a space-saving rack-mount chassis that is only 1 U
(1.70 inches or 4.32 cm) in height. The “mixed-media” capability allows user-selection of all
popular flavors of fiber port connectors and modes, including 10Mb fiber alongside Gigabit
ports. It also allows a mix of 10/100Mb RJ45 (copper) ports and a fiber Gigabit port in the
same unit. This flexibility is achieved via a family of communication modules for copper
and fiber, six-port modules for fiber and RJ45 combinations, and 1 Gb port module
selections using GBICs. These modules are factory configured in a base chassis unit (or
may be changed in the field by trained technicians) to adapt the unit to the user's
application and Ethernet cabling requirements. Evolving mixed-media requirements for
10 Mb and 100 Mb fiber and copper as well as Gigabit ports can be handled by the
The packaging and power-input options target the ML2400 at heavy-duty applications.
Rack widths accommodated include standard 19" RETMA, ETSI, and 23". Input power may
be 48 V DC for telecommunications environments or 125 V DC for industrial applications.
Redundant power supplies are optional on all models.