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GreenNet devices are a short lesson in energy conservation for dummies.  Just my kind of thing.

Developed by TrendNet, a manufacturer of Ethernet products, GreenNet technology conserves energy by determining the proper amount of electrical power to each hardwired switching port.  A GreenNet product can detect when a port is not in use and adjust the power sent to it accordingly.  They also allot more or less power to a device based on the length of connecting cable—more power if the cable is long, less if it’s short.  Utilizing these strategies, it is possible to reduce port-based power usage by up to 70 percent!

 

Power consumption is an issue that many of us (myself included) don’t really think about when we’re tooling around on The Internet.  And TrendNet knows this.  They’ve removed all responsibility from the user by making all of the gear function automatically after installation.

Currently available in the GreenNet line are 5-port, 8-port, and 26-port switches.   The company reports that a 24-port switch is coming soon. 

Given that I’m forgetful and that my power bill is roughly the size of the national deficit, I’m all for solutions such as GreenNet.  Anything that automatically saves me money without requiring micro-management is a good thing!

by John Barker

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