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The HP ProCurve 1410-24G, a 24-port unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch, brings the ProCurve name down into the smaller business. The product is an example of how HP has integrated the 3Com range of switches into its ProCurve brand, following 3Com's acquisition by HP in November 2009.
Aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, or branches of bigger organisations, the stackable device is rack-ready — it needs only a pair of brackets — or it'll mount on a wall. The speed and connectivity indicators are handily grouped to the left of the 24 RJ-45 ports, and there's a separate power indicator. The device also offers a pair of slots for mini-GBICs and, at the back, there's a slot for a Kensington security cable.
HP's 24-port ProCurve 1410-24G is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, or branch offices of bigger organisations
Getting the ProCurve 1410-24G working is simple. The switch's universal power supply is in the casing, so all you need is plug in a standard power cable to fire it up; it's fanless, so it's silent. The auto-sensing full-duplex ports will connect at whatever speed the other end will support; they also offer auto-MDIX, which means you don't need cross-over cables.
The switch is stackable, so you can add more switches as required and connect them using either the two dual-personality RJ-45 ports, or the fibre-based Gigabit uplink ports. In effect, you then have a common backplane.