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Small Network Equipment

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About ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment

ENERGY STAR certified small network equipment (SNE) on average use 20 percent less energy than conventional models. A variety of products are covered by SNE specification:

  • Cable and DSL modems
  • Optical Network Devices
  • Cable and DSL integrated access devices
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Access points

These products allow users to connect to the internet or connect to other devices on a local or wide area network. SNE can be purchased in retail stores or may be supplied by an internet service provider.

Since SNE tends to be on all the time, spends most of the time idling and uses about the same amount of energy regardless of activity, there are opportunities for these devices to use energy more efficiently. Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), IEEE standard 802.3az, was developed to scale power to match activity on the network. The ENERGY STAR program is encouraging the adoption of EEE by providing an incentive for products which include this feature. The specification also provides incentives for External Network Proxy which furthers network system efficiency.

When purchasing network equipment look for the ENERGY STAR label and save energy and help protect the environment. If your service provider includes network equipment in its service, ask them to supply you with a product that has earned the ENERGY STAR.

Current Specification Effective Date: September 3, 2013

Small Network Equipment Key Product Criteria: ENERGY STAR

Learn How a Product Earns the Label

Did You Know?

Small network equipment like routers, switches, modems and gateways are on all the time and over 130 million of these devices are installed in homes and businesses. If all small network equipment sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $590 million each year and more than 7 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.