SOURCE: Transition Networks

Transition Networks

March 21, 2011 09:00 ET

Transition Networks Delivers Top-Quality NIDs to Telecoms and Cable Providers

Multiport Network Interface Device (NID) Increases Uptime and Reliability While Guaranteeing SLA Requirements

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) -  Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced the launch of its newest Network Interface Device (NID). The S3240 is specifically designed to help telecoms and cable providers generate and preserve revenues when delivering intelligent Ethernet services. With this announcement, Transition Networks expands its carrier class network product portfolio which enables service providers to increase uptime and reliability while guaranteeing Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements. 

With the growing demand for Ethernet services, the new S3240 enables service providers to offer tiered services with end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs), while increasing customer satisfaction and keeping capital expenses (CapEx) to a minimum. The S3240 creates a clear demarcation point between the provider and the customer network or in carrier-to-carrier handoffs. 

"Customers continue to put more demands on service providers for faster and cheaper Ethernet services, but they still require Service Level Agreements (SLAs)," said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. "The S3240 provides a cost-effective way to meet these demands and address wide-scale deployment challenges while providing the features service providers require such as; Service OAM, Link OAM, Performance Monitoring, C-TAG/S-TAG support, Quality of Service (QoS) bandwidth allocation and remote diagnostics." 

The S3240 ensures rapid detection and isolation of potential service related problems. The ability to have trouble detection and resolution from a central Network Operations Center (NOC) dramatically reduces operating expense (OpEx) and results in a reduced Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), with the end result being a happier customer.

Product Features
The S3240 supports up to 10k jumbo frames and bandwidth allocation to limit upstream and downstream traffic. The S3240 offers complete Ethernet OAM support including IEEE 802.3ah (Link OAM), IEEE 802.1ag (Service OAM), and ITU Y.1731 (Performance Monitoring) to ensure visibility across the entire network.

IEEE 802.1p Quality of Service (QoS) allows service providers to offer different classes of services to customers as well as full VLAN (IEEE 802.1Q) support, including double tagging (Q-in-Q - IEEE 802.1ad). Service providers are able to select the Ethertype of the S-TAG.

The S3240 was designed for SLA-enabled Ethernet services. This feature-rich, intelligent network interface device incorporates E-Line Services for point-to-point or multi point-to-point connectivity between a main office and remote locations. The S3240 incorporates advanced security features like: SSL, SSH, Multi-layer Access Control Lists (ACL), RADIUS, and Management VLANs, to prevent unauthorized access. The S3240 has an automatic failover mechanism in case of a fiber cut with a recovery time of sub 50ms limiting the effect on customer traffic.

The S3240 operates in an extended temp range of -10C to 65C for backhaul applications using AC or 18-57VDC power redundancy. The S3240 utilizes a fanless design to increase reliability over the product's life. 

Configuration, management and monitoring of the S3240 can be performed from a web-browser, command line interface (CLI), (via telnet or the console port), or with a third-party SNMP system.

Product Configuration
Transition Networks' S3240 is a standalone NID. The following table provides more information on the S3240. For complete S3240 specifications please contact Transition Networks or visit

Model   S3240
Copper Ports   (3) 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Fiber Port(s)   (2) 100/1000Base-X Open SFP Slots
*SFP port is triple speed
802.3ah   Yes
802.1ag / Y.1731   Yes
Redundant Power   Yes
Mounting Options   Desktop, wall mount, and rack mount

Product Availability
Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 or +1-952-941-7600 for pricing and more information on the Transition Networks' S3240. You can also visit for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks' conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. The ION NIDs 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 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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