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ZyXEL Introduces Intelligent Gigabit Switches Optimized for Home Entertainment

Automatic QoS Engine Accelerates and Simplifies Connectivity for Consumers (January 25, 2012)

ANAHEIM, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/25/12 -- ZyXEL Communications, a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet connectivity and routing products, today announced the launch of its Aerobeam five- and eight-port gigabit, Audio Video (AV) Ethernet Switches specifically tuned for the home entertainment center. The Aerobeam AVS105 and AVS108 automatically prioritizes multimedia streams to ensure the best possible performance and content quality, taking the frustration out of connecting home entertainment devices and trying to figure out what device needs what priority.

"Today's home theaters include multiple devices that demand IP connectivity and utilize audio and video streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube," said Steven Joe, executive vice president for ZyXEL. "Our Aerobeam AV switches offer gigabit connectivity coupled with automated traffic prioritization for superior entertainment experience, and eliminate customer confusion during the set-up process. Just plug in your devices based on our color coding and sit back for a fantastic entertainment experience."

The Aerobeam AV Switches utilize on-board intelligence to make perfect prioritization decisions automatically. The switches monitor traffic in real time, and are able to detect bandwidth and latency sensitive traffic such as SIP and streaming traffic and give them priority while passing through the switch. This provides a better audio and video experience for the end user, especially on networks with multiple users utilizing the home network at the same time. The Aerobeam AV switches will make sure streaming traffic is not interrupted by web browsing or large file transfers happening at the same time.

The Aerobeam AV Switches are optimized right out of the box for


  • Netflix™
  • Hulu™
  • YouTube™
  • iTunes™
  • Windows Media Player™
  • Winamp™
  • RealPlayer™
  • Xbox™
  • RTSP/RTP
  • SIP/SDP

Availability
The AVS105 and AVS 108 Gigabit AV Switches will be generally available in March, 2012 and priced competitively to standard GbE switches that don't have intelligent prioritization.

About ZyXEL Communications
Twenty-one-year-old ZyXEL offers a high-performance, carrier-grade suite of access and security solutions. Through our partner alliances, we provide businesses with complete solutions and seamless support. With expertise in diverse technologies including wireless, security, cloud-managed solutions, Ethernet Switching, xDSL, and Powerline, ZyXEL offers integrated, secure network solutions to SMB, SOHO, residential and service provider markets. The company recently introduced its Aerobeam line of products designed for the home entertainment enthusiast.

ZyXEL's North American headquarters are located in Anaheim, California. http://www.us.zyxel.com.

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Jake Sailana
ZyXEL Communications
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