The Niagara 2294 Compact Active Bypass for Gigabit Networks provides seamless failover, management and flexible deployment options

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Aaron Nankin, Sales & Marketing Manager
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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Introduces a Low-Cost Desktop Form Factor Single Segment Gigabit External Active Bypass Switch for the SMB market
The Niagara 2294 Compact Active Bypass for Gigabit Networks provides seamless failover, management and flexible deployment options

San Jose, CA, April 19th, 2010 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in networking solutions, announced a new member addition to its External Intelligent Gigabit Bypass Switch family which is targeted to the SMB market with an affordable and reliable active bypass option. Niagara 2294, Low Cost Intelligent Active Network Bypass guarantees uninterrupted network connectivity in instances of power failures or system crashes.

SMB and small enterprise IT managers and Network Administrators that manage Inline systems like Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Unified Threat Management, WAN acceleration, Firewall, Load balancing, and VPN gateway devices can utilize Niagara 2294 to proactively disconnect Network Appliances for maintenance or replacement. This ensures that hardware/firmware can be updated or new upload rules and signatures can be loaded without network downtime.

The system provides flexible and intuitive CLI and GUI management features including secure web UI via an HTTPS connection, secure shell (SSH), SNMP, e-mail notification for special events, and bypass method configuration. An authentication client capable of interfacing with authentication servers like TACACS+ is also supported. In addition, the bypass system possesses Syslog support, enabling consolidation of log data from various systems into a central repository.

“We are very proud to introduce a cost-effective solution featuring the seamless failover and auto heartbeat of the Intelligent Active bypass product line to the SMB and small enterprise markets,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “The Niagara 2294 provides easy plug and play capabilities and maximum uptime on any mission-critical link while possessing a compact desk top form-factor.”

Niagara 2294 Intelligent Network Bypass provides features that are essential in today’s data centers including:

  • Active switching of traffic in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Plug and play – no additional drivers required on inline devices
  • 10/100/1000 TX (Copper), SX Gigabit (Multi mode) & LX Gigabit (Single mode) Support
  • Flexible Deployment options including Copper, Multi-Mode Fiber, Single-Mode Fiber
  • and Copper-to-Fiber Conversion
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • Email Notification upon System Events
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support
  • NTP and Time Zone
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • EMC, FCC Class A, UL Certifications


The Niagara 2294 1GE Intelligent Bypass switch is designed for SMB, Telecommunications, small ISP, IT Network Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration markets. The product is available for evaluation and volume production. The copper version is sub $699 in volume.

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About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass and TAP Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Master’s expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gbps Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, embedded switch boards, and 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP, Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability.
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