Profile: Asante Technologies Inc (ASNL.PK)
10 Sep 2012
Asante Technologies, Inc. is a provider of network solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises and home offices (SOHO). Its products are designed primarily for ethernet local area networks (LAN). The Company offers a range of products from simple, personal connectivity to sophisticated, enterprise-grade network management. The Asante FriendlyNET brand is targeted at consumers, home businesses and small-business users. Each product is optimized to deliver value with minimal complexities. The FriendlyNET family includes network adapters, routers, hubs and switches for Fast Ethernet (10/100 Megabits Per Second (Mbps)) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps). The IntraCore family consists of enterprise-grade Gigabit Ethernet switches that support Layer 2, Layer 3 and Layer 4 switching and routing.
Gigabit Ethernet Switches
During the fiscal year ended October 2, 2004 (fiscal 2004), Asante focused on expanding its set of enterprise-class 10/100 Mbps and Gigabit Ethernet switching products. During fiscal 2004, the Company introduced three new IntraCore products: a 10/100 Mbps (w/1000 Mbps uplinks) Power over Ethernet (PoE) L2+ switch (IC3624PWR); a 24-port L2+ 10/100/1000 switch (IC36240), and a 48-port 10/100/1000 L2+ switch (IC36480).
The Company delivered to market the IC3624PWR L2+ PoE switch that delivers advanced quality of service (QoS) features to swiftly move data, voice and video at speeds up to 1000 Mbps. The product was specifically designed with the requirements of Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) need. In addition, the Company delivered two core L2+ Gigabit switches, the IC36240 and the IC36480. Both of these products offer key feature sets and price points that help Asante offer a product portfolio of enterprise-class, Gigabit switching solutions for the Company's target market space.
For more cost-sensitive users with smaller networks, the Company's unmanaged FriendlyNET GX5 Series switches are a complement to the managed IntraCore switches. The eight models in this family span the spectrum from two ports to 24 ports of Gigabit Ethernet. Asante's GigaNIX adapters for computers using the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems provide the necessary interface to existing servers and desktop computers. In a move to make high-end features more accessible to value-oriented users, future GX5 models will offer simplified configuration using any standard Web browser.
Wireless Internet Gateways and Adapters
Asante has introduced a number of products to seamlessly integrate wireless networks with wired networks. Its AeroLAN adapters conform to standard IEEE 802.11 standards for wireless networking. During fiscal 2004, all of Asante's wireless products migrated from the 802.11b to the 802.11g (54 Mbps) standard. The Company anticipates expanding its wireless product portfolio with enterprise-grade wireless LAN access points and switches. Some of the Company's IntraCore switches may be upgraded to provide 802.1X RADIUS authentication, an enhanced security for wireless clients. The Company also provided wireless 802.11g adapter cards specifically for Apple Mac computers.
Internet Gateway Products (Routers)
The Company's FriendlyNET routers are designed for SOHO users who share a single broadband connection among others in the same home or small office. Asante has several routers, ranging from low cost, entry level to more sophisticated units with virtual private network (VPN) and wireless capabilities.
Personal Connectivity Products
The Company also offers personal connectivity products that utilize the universal serial bus (USB) specification. Moving data at speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 480 Mbps, these desktop devices frequently connect a mouse, keyboard, video camera, digital camera or memory card reader to a single desktop.
The Company competes with Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, 3Com, Netgear and Linksys.
Asante Technologies Inc
2223 OLD OAKLAND RD
SAN JOSE CA 95131