SOURCE: Transition Networks

Transition Networks

August 02, 2011 11:10 ET

Transition Networks Achieves MEF Certification for ION Network Interface Devices

MEF 9, MEF 14 and MEF 21 Certifications Awarded to Transition Networks' ION Family of Network Interface Devices

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2011) - Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced that its latest Network Interface Devices (NIDs) have been certified compliant to MEF 9, MEF 14 and MEF 21 requirements. These NIDs are designed for business Ethernet and mobile backhaul applications and are part of the company's leading suite of ION products. The compliance tests and certification process were performed by Iometrix, Inc., a leading independent testing lab, on behalf of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).

"Transition Networks continues to develop quality products for service providers that enable them to deliver Ethernet services for business and mobile backhaul applications within a reliable environment," said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. "These latest certifications prove our commitment to carrier Ethernet and leading organizations like the MEF."

The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certification Program is designed to ensure that global equipment and services comply with MEF standards and pave the way for interoperability. MEF 9 and MEF 14 equipment certifications ensure delivery of compliant, high performance Carrier Ethernet services at the User Network Interface (UNI). MEF 9 verifies service delivery and functionality. MEF 9 consists of 244 test cases which cover the Ethernet Physical Interface, UNI Attributes, Service Frame Delivery and VLAN Tag support. MEF 14 verifies service performance and bandwidth profiles. MEF 14 consists of 170 test cases which cover Service Performance, Bandwidth Profiles and Bandwidth Rate Enforcement. MEF 21 certifies Link OAM functions of the MEF UNI Type 2. MEF 21 is based on IEEE 802.s-2005 Clause 57 and is key for large scale automated management of Carrier Ethernet service links. MEF 21 consists of 371 test cases which cover OAM Discovery, OAM PDUs and OAM TLVs.

Product Features
The ION family of NIDs is designed to deliver SLA-enabled Ethernet services. These feature-rich, intelligent network interface devices meet the needs of applications such as business Ethernet and mobile backhaul. These NIDs incorporate advanced security features like: SSL, SSH, Multi-layer Access Control Lists (ACL), RADIUS, and Management VLANs, to prevent unauthorized access. A network operations center (NOC) can securely configure, monitor, and troubleshoot ION NIDs remotely through a web-browser, a command line interface (CLI) or with an SNMP application.

Product Configuration
Transition Networks' remotely-managed x2220, x3220 and x3320 NIDs are either available as a chassis card for the ION modular chassis or as a standalone version. The S3240 is a multi-port standalone NID with redundant power and an extended operating temperature.

Product Availability
The x2220, x3220, x3320 and S3240 are available and shipping now. Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-926, +1 (952) 941-7600 or for the latest information.

About the Metro Ethernet Forum
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is a global industry alliance comprising more than 175 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF's mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks' products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating. All Transition Networks brand of NIDs, media converters and switches carry a lifetime warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its network interface devices enable advanced features for service providers such as 802.3ah Link OAM, 802.1ag Service OAM, Y.1731 Performance Monitoring and more, plus accommodation of virtually any protocol. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: JCS).

Statements regarding the Company's anticipated performance in 2011 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Patrick Schaber
    Transition Networks
    (952) 996-1526
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    Editorial Contact:
    Kim Miller
    Tier One Partners
    (617) 610-0583
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