SMC Networks this week launched two Gigabit Ethernet workgroup switches with full Layer 3 routing, IPv6 support and 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks.

The TigerStack II 1000 family of stackable switches includes two versions: one with 24-ports of 10/100/1000 Mbit/s (or triple-speed) Ethernet, and a 48-port triple-speed box. Both devices support Layer 2/3 switching and full routing of IPv6 and IPv4 packets. The switches also include four extra modular ports that can support up to four Gigabit Ethernet SFP modules, or two 10G Ethernet XFP modules.

Up to eight TigerStack II 1000 switches can be stacked together with a high-speed (20 Gbit/s) interconnect, allowing the stack to operate as a single switch with one IP address, for management purposes.

For Layer 2 security features, the switches can slice bandwidth into virtual LANs segments with 802.1Q VLAN tagging. Also, 802.1x authentication can be used to require end-users or devices to identify themselves to an individual switch port. Access Control Lists and RADIUS authentication are also supported on the devices. Secure management features include Secure Shell (SSH).

While known for its consumer Wi-Fi and basic Layer 2 home/small-office network products, SMC over the last few quarters has been pushing high-end LAN products with features more associated with enterprise deployments (the TigerSwitch range itself dating back to 2003). In January, the vendor launched a transceiver module that allows users to connect 10G Ethernet ports over Category 5e cabling over a short distance (around 30 feet). Last year, the company got into the 10G Ethernet market with a Layer 2 10/100/1000Mbps switch with 10G uplinks, and an eight-port 10G Ethernet switch for LAN aggregation.

The TigerStack II 1000 switches ship in April and cost $2,500 in the US for the 24-port version and $4,000 for the 48-port box (not including optical SFP/XFP uplinks).