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Gateway Inc. on Tuesday made its first foray into networking with the launch of its new Layer 2 network switches.

Chad McDonald, manager of networking products at Gateway, said the new switches are priced for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), continuing the company’s push into that market.

McDonald said Gateway’s move into networking “is one of the last steps in rounding out our portfolio from the back office to the front office.” Gateway also offers products ranging from servers and storage to desktop PCs.

Prices for the 7200 Series of switches range from $79 for a 16-port, 10/100 switch, to $199 for a 24-port, 10/100 switch with two gigabit ports. The 7400 line ranges from $99 for a 5-port, 10/10/1000 switch, to $399 for a 24-port, 10/10/1000 switch.

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