AEI Intelligent Technologies AEI-1000F User manual

Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
User Manual for all
PCI-X and CompactPCI-X Models Utilizing
Intel 82546 chipset.
NOTE:
PCI-X is backwards compatible to PCI 32-bit and 64-bit slots. Read further for additional information
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Table of Contents
Revision History.................................................................................................. 4
Limited Warranty & Terms of Sale..................................................................... 5
HARDWARE LIMITED WARRANTY .......................................................................................... 5
SOFTWARE LIMITED WARRANTY & LICENSE ....................................................................... 5
LIMITATION OF WARRANTY .................................................................................................... 7
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY ......................................................................................................... 7
MISCELLANEOUS ...................................................................................................................... 8
CHAPTER 1. Introduction .................................................................................. 9
ORDERING CODES: .................................................................................................................. 9
CONTENTS OF YOUR SHIPMENT ........................................................................................... 9
FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION .................................................................................................... 9
DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS ................................................................................................. 10
BOOT ROM SUPPORT ............................................................................................................ 10
FULLY INTEROPERABLE ........................................................................................................ 10
FEATURES ............................................................................................................................... 11
SPECIFICATIONS .................................................................................................................... 11
APPLICATIONS ........................................................................................................................ 11
CHAPTER 2. Installing the Hardware ............................................................. 13
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................................................... 13
OPERATING SYSTEMS SUPPORTED ................................................................................... 13
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ......................................................................................................... 14
PRE-INSTALLATION CHECKLIST ........................................................................................... 14
ADAPTER INSTALLATION PROCESS .................................................................................... 15
CONNECTING THE NETWORK CABLES ............................................................................... 16
CHAPTER 3. Installing Drivers & Software .................................................... 18
VXWORKS – SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS................................................................................. 18
All Other Operating Systems ..................................................................................................... 18
CHAPTER 4. Advanced Server Features ....................................................... 19
PORT AGGREGATION (TRUNKING), FAILOVER, LOAD BALANCING ................................ 19
HOST (TCP/IP) OFFLOAD FEATURES ................................................................................... 19
VLAN SUPPORT....................................................................................................................... 20
JUMBO FRAME SUPPORT ...................................................................................................... 20
NOISE IMPEDIANCE ................................................................................................................ 20
CISCO & OTHER SWITCH COMPATIBILITY .......................................................................... 20
CHAPTER 5. Intentionally Left Blank ............................................................. 21
CHAPTER 6. Troubleshooting ........................................................................ 22
CHAPTER 7. Regulatory .................................................................................. 23
FCC CLASS B NOTICE ............................................................................................................ 23
CE NOTICE ............................................................................................................................... 23
CHAPTER 8. AEI Contact Information ............................................................ 24
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Revision History
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1.0
1.1
Revision Date
June 21, 2004
June 1, 2009
Description
Initial Publication Release.
Part number update, and elimination of
PacketEngine™ data.
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CHAPTER 1. Introduction
ORDERING CODES:
Part #
Assembly #
AEI-CP1200C
AEI-1000F
AEI-1200C
AEI-1200F
AEI-1400C
CP1200TX
AEI-1000F
AEI-1200C
AEI-1200F
AEI-1400C
Description
CompactPCI-X Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Card
PCI-X Fiber Optic Gigabit Ethernet Card
PCI-X Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Card
PCI-X Dual Port Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Card
PCI-X Quad Gigabit Ethernet Card, copper
** Other part numbers may be applicable (all Intel 8254x cards).
CONTENTS OF YOUR SHIPMENT
Included with your adapter are the following:
•
Antistatic caddy (used for protecting the adapter when stored or shipped). Keep the
adapter in its packaging until ready for installation.
•
CD-ROM with Gigabit Ethernet driver software and documentation.
FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION
The AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter targets the increased congestion
experienced at the backbone and server in today’s networks, and provides a
future upgrade path for high-end workstations that require more bandwidth than
Fast Ethernet can provide.
The AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter connects a PCI or PCI-X (or
CompactPCI, depending on version) compliant server or workstation to a Gigabit
Ethernet network. This adapter incorporates a technology that transfers data at a
maximum rate of one gigabit per second—10 times the rate of Fast Ethernet
adapters.
The AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter is a 32/64-bit, 33/66/100/133Mhz PCI-X
(or CompactPCI) network interface cards that contains multiple independent
Gigabit ports on one adapter. The AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters
conserve valuable I/O slots in Servers.
AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters are the perfect solution for a cost effective,
instant performance boost over existing Category 5 UTP copper cabling for
getting high-powered networking.
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AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters are the ideal solution for implementing
multiple network segments, mission-critical high-powered networking applications
and environments within high performance servers.
AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters ease network congestion, simplify network
management, and provide the highest server throughput available while
minimizing CPU utilization. Its multiple independent 10/100/1000 Gigabit
Ethernet ports provide users of data-intensive applications with the highest levels
of system performance together with extra redundancy.
AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters have an integrated hardware acceleration
that performs TCP/UDP/IP checksum offload and TCP segmentation. The host
processing offloads accelerators frees CPU for application processing
DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS
AEI’s Gigabit Ethernet Cards supports auto-negotiation between 32/64-bit,
33/66/100/133 MHz data paths, and 10/100/1000 copper. PCI-X cards are also
designed to support PCI 32-bit slots, PCI 64-bit slots, and any PCI-X bus slot.
Cards are keyed to support both 3.3V and 5V computer systems. If installing in a
PCI 32-bit slot, check mainboard for obstacles to 64-bit connector.
Built utilizing PCI-X technology, the CompactPCI versions support PICMG
standard PCI specifications, and also embedded PCI-X single board computers.
It is uniquely designed with integrated magnetic transformers, low profile surface
mount discrete components, a high precision oscillator, and other high-end
components. The result is a card that is highly reliable, resistant to damage, fault
tolerant, and performance that is unparalleled. The Gigabit adapters are fully
interoperable with existing Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet hubs, switches and
routers.
BOOT ROM SUPPORT
AEI designs its server class Gigabit adapters with Boot ROM support, and offers
embedded programming services (no charge) for all popular operating systems.
Thus, OEMs can utilize distribution servers to ease installation, and provide
seamless integration of AEI Gigabit adapters into its designs.
FULLY INTEROPERABLE
AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapters offer the most cost effective way to migrate
to Gigabit Ethernet. The adapters are fully interoperable with existing Category 5
UTP backbone allowing a scalable upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet without replacing
the existing network infrastructure. The only other hardware modification needed
is the backbone switch.
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FEATURES
•
Ten times the throughput of standard Fast Ethernet cards.
•
Nway auto negotiation / automatic sensing and switching between 10
Mbps / 100 Mbps/ 1000Mbps AND half or full duplex operation.
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32/64-bit Auto Sense Data Path
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Easy to install and configure.
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Half or Full Duplex operation.
•
Cross Platform support for a broad range of operating systems and
architectures.
•
DMA Bus Mastering for lower CPU utilization.
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Access multiple network segments and conserve valuable PCI/PCI-X slots
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Easy, cost-effective 10/100/1000 migration over existing Category-5
cabling
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Multi-Gigabit scalability and increased uptime through advanced server
features
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CompactPCI only: 3U form factor with font panel I/O connectors.
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CompactPCI only: option 6U kit.
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CompactPCI only: eliminates the need for carrier cards!
SPECIFICATIONS
Detailed Product Datasheets are available over the Internet at www.aei-it.com
APPLICATIONS
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Proxy, application, file, and print servers.
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SOHO to Enterprise network environments.
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Storage Area Networks (SAN)
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Network Attached Storage (NAS)
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Network segmentation (for network security purposes)
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Firewalls, gateways and routers.
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1U/2U low profile servers.
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CHAPTER 2. Installing the Hardware
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Before installing the Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, make sure your system meets the
requirements listed for your operating system.
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Minimum 128MB RAM (64MB for NetWare)
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32-bit or 64-bit PCI v2.2 or PCI-X v1.0 slot; or CompactPCI 3u or 6u
slot.
OPERATING SYSTEMS SUPPORTED
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NDIS 5 for Windows 98, Win ME, Win2000, Win XP
NDIS 4 for Windows 95B
NDIS 4 for Windows NT 4.0
NDIS 2 and ODI for DOS
Novell Netware 3.12, 4.X, 5.X (w/ Support Pack 3 or the most recent NetWare 5 Support Pack)
UnixWare 2.12 / 7.X
Sun Solaris (x86) 2.6/ 2.7/ 2.8
Linux 2.2 / 2.4
FreeDSD
OS/2
OpenUnix & UnixWare
DOS
VxWorks (Per WindRiver, the 82546 driver built into OS, contact WindRiver for additional
information). Refer to Chapter 3 for additional information.
Intel Device Drivers are available for download at :
http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df/Product_Filter.asp?ProductID=991
LINUX NOTE – Although the driver should work with many Linux
kernel versions and distributions, it has only been tested on Red
Hat, Suze, Mandrake, and Debian Linux referenced distributions
for i386, IA64, and PA-RISC processors (kernel version 2.4.x).
Furthermore, the driver has only been tested as a loadable
module.
Any problems or questions, please call AEI at 951-296-2022.
We do have the expertise to support custom Linux driver
development for OEM customers.
NetWare NOTE - You can get the appropriate updates from the
Novell support website
http://www.novell.com/productupdate/patchlist.html.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
WARNING - The adapter is being installed in a system that
operates with voltages that can be lethal. Before you remove
the cover of your system, you must observe the following
precautions to protect yourself and to prevent damage to the
system components.
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Remove any metallic objects or jewelry from your hands and
wrists.
Make sure to use only insulated or non-conducting tools.
Verify that the system is powered OFF and unplugged
before accessing internal components.
Installation or removal of adapters must be performed in a
static-free environment. The use of a properly grounded
wrist strap or other personal antistatic devices and an
antistatic mat is strongly recommended.
PRE-INSTALLATION CHECKLIST
1. Check AEI’s web site at http://www.aei-it.com for the latest driver and
documentation updates.
2. Check that your server meets the hardware and software requirements
listed under "System Requirements” above.
3. Verify that your system is using the latest BIOS.
4. If installing adapter Software from CD-ROM or floppy, enter the path
where the adapter Software is located on your system.
5. If your system is active, shut it down.
5. When system shut down is complete, power OFF and unplug your system.
6. Holding the adapter card by the edges, remove it from its shipping
package and place it on an antistatic surface.
7. Check the adapter for visible signs of damage (The card’s edge connector
or J1/J2 connectors, RJ-45 or other external connectors). Never attempt
to install any damaged adapter. If the adapter is damaged, report it to AEI.
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ADAPTER INSTALLATION PROCESS
The following instructions apply to installing the gigabit Ethernet adapter in most
systems. Refer to the manuals that were supplied with your system for details
about performing these tasks on your particular system.
1. Review the “Pre-Installation Checklist” above.
2. Before installing the adapter, ensure the system power is OFF and
unplugged from the power outlet, and that proper electrical grounding
procedures have been followed.
3. Refer to your system documentation to determine the appropriate slot, and
insert the card in accordance with the system manufacturer’s guidelines.
If you are not sure how to insert the card, please contact AEI for technical
assistance, or referral to a computer professional in your area.
Note: ALWAYS Hold the card by the edges.
NOTE – A 32-bit PCI slot is shorter than a 64-bit PCI slot. Although
the adapter is designed to fit in either slot type, when installed in a
32-bit PCI slot, part of the adapter’s card edge connector will
remain undocked. This is perfectly normal.
5. Applying even pressure at both corners of the card, push the adapter card
until it is firmly seated in the slot. When properly seated, the adapter’s port
connectors will be aligned with the slot opening, and its faceplate will be
flush against the system chassis.
Caution—Do not use excessive force when seating the card,
as this may damage the system or the adapter. If the card
resists seating, remove it from the system, realign it, and try
again.
6. Secure the adapter with the adapter clip or screw.
7. Connect the LAN cabling to the card, and any network peripherals (hubs,
switches, etc.) prior to powering up the system.
Note: Some operating systems require this connectivity be
established prior to “seeing” the adapter.
8. As applicable, replace the cover the computer
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9. Power the system on.
Once the system returns to proper operation, the adapter hardware is fully
installed. You must next connect the network cables.
CONNECTING THE NETWORK CABLES
The AEI Gigabit Ethernet Card (“C” version) has RJ-45 connectors used for
attaching the system to an Ethernet copper-wire segment. When automatic link
negotiation is disabled, the port can be configured for 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps,
signaling either half-duplex or full-duplex operation. Speeds of 1000 Mbps is only
obtainable through Auto-Negotiation.
The AEI Gigabit Ethernet Card (“F” version) has fiber optic connectors for
attaching the system to a compatible link partner, or an IEEE 802.3z compliant
gigabit switch. Upon connecting the system to the network and power is supplied,
the adapter performs auto-negotiation and attempts to establish the connection
at 1000 Mbps full-duplex, only.
Perform the following procedure for connecting a network cable to the Gigabit
Ethernet Adapter:
1. Prepare an appropriate cable. Table 1 lists the cable characteristics for
connecting to 10/100/1000BASE-T ports, and Table 2 lists the cable
characteristics for connecting to 1000BASE-SX-LX fiber optic ports:
Table 1. 10/100/1000BASE-T Cable Specifications
Port Type
Connector Media
Maximum Distance
10BASE-T
RJ-45
Cat. 3, 4, or 5
UTP
100 meters (328 feet)
Cat. 5 UTP (or
better)
100 meters (328 feet)
100/1000BASE-T RJ-45
NOTE – 1000BASE-T signaling requires four twisted pairs of Category
5 balanced cabling, as specified in ISO/IEC 11801:1995 and EIA/TIA568-A (1995) and tested using procedures defined in TIA/EIA TSB95.
AEI recommends Belden Cable’s DataTwist 600e (or better) for
copper gigabit connectivity. Cat-5 and even Cat-6 may experience
cross-talk problems that may inhibit performance.
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Table 2. 1000BASE-SX/LX Fiber Optic Cable Specifications
Port Type
Connector Media
Maximum Distance
1000BASE-SXLX
Fiber Optic 50 um multimode
550 meters (1,804
feet)
1000BASE-SXLX
Fiber Optic 62.5 um
multimode
260 meters (853 feet)
Caution – The fiber optic ports contain a Class 1 laser device. When
the ports are disconnected, always cover them with the provided
plug. Exposed ports may cause skin or eye damage.
2. Connect one end of the cable to the Adapter.
3. Connect the other end of the cable to the appropriate Ethernet network
port or fiber optic port.
NOTE – Once the cable is properly connected at both ends, the
adapter port LEDs should be functional.
For longer distances, call for custom transceiver installation.
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CHAPTER 3. Installing Drivers & Software
AEI’s Gigabit Ethernet adapters use the Intel 8254x device driver, which is
already built into most popular operating systems. A copy of the device driver is
also made available through our website (www.aei-it.com). If you need a
CD-ROM, please contact AEI prior to ordering.
For updated software and documentation, please go to www.aei-it.com.
Reference the individual product web pages for most a current listing of operating
systems supported.
If you need assistance installing a device driver, please, contact your reseller or
local computer professional to obtain product support.
VXWORKS – SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
The driver is included in your OS distribution, and is plug and play. Please,
contact WindRiver directly. They can be reached at:
Corporate Headquarters
500 Wind River Way
Alameda, CA 94501
(800) 545-WIND (9463)
Tel: (510) 748-4100
Fax: (510) 749-2010
Silicon Valley Office
201 Moffett Park Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1322
Tel: (408) 542-1500
http://www.windriver.com/
Per Wind River, the Intel 8254x device driver is embedded in the operating
system, and is plug & play. AEI’s technical support staff has not yet tested for
interoperability as of the date of this publication. Any questions, please call our
technical support team.
All Other Operating Systems
Use the Intel 82546 device driver built into your operating system. If you have
any problems installing the appropriate driver, please contact the valued added
reseller who sold you the AEI product. Otherwise, call AEI’s Technical Support
Team.
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CHAPTER 4. Advanced Server Features
AEI's Gigabit adapters utilize the popular Intel 82546 chipset, which comes with
numerous advance server features built into its architecture. Hardware acceleration
offloads tasks from the host processor including TCP/UDP/IP checksum calculations
and TCP segmentation. IEEE 802.3ad Link aggregation, failover, and load balancing
are offered, Jumbo Frame, VLAN, and other features. The adapter is also fully
compliant with Gigabit EthernetChannel and Fast EtherChannel trunking algorithms.
(switch dependant 802.3ad [LACP] ) See the individual product webpage for more
advanced server features!
PORT AGGREGATION (TRUNKING), FAILOVER, LOAD BALANCING
The Intel 8254x Ethernet Controller used in the AEI Gigabit Ethernet design
supports IEEE 802.3ad (Link Aggregation Control Protocol, and Failover). This
standard requires the user to install “capable switches” in their network topology
to support Link Aggregation, Fast EtherChannel, or Gigabit EtherChannel
technology.
Also compatible with Failover Group utilities contained in Windows, Linux, Solaris
and other operating systems.
HOST (TCP/IP) OFFLOAD FEATURES
1. Transmit TCP Segmentation
Increased throughput and lower CPU utilization. Compatible with large
send offload features found in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
2. IP, TCP, and UDP checksum off-loading capabilities on RX and TX
Reduced host CPU utilization and higher throughput.
3. Advanced packet filtering
16 exact matched (unicast or multicast)
4096-bit hash filter for multicast frames
Promiscuous (unicast/multicast) transfer mode
Optional filtering of erred frames
4. Descriptor ring management hardware for TX and RX
Optimized fetching and write-back mechanisms for efficient system
memory and PCI bandwidth usage.
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VLAN SUPPORT
AEI’s Gigabit Ethernet Cards supports IEEE 802.1Q VLAN support with VLAN
tag insertion and stripping and packet filtering for up to 4096 VLAN tags. This
enables the IT staff to easily create multiple virtual LAN segments
JUMBO FRAME SUPPORT
AEI’s Gigabit Ethernet cards support Jumbo frames up to 16KB for high
throughput and large data transfers on networks supporting jumbo frames.
NOISE IMPEDIANCE
AEI Gigabit Ethernet Server Cards implement state-of-the-art DSP architecture
utilizing digital adaptive equalization, echo cancellation, cross-talk cancellation,
and baseline wander cancellation. The result is a robust 1000 Mb/s performance
in noisy environments and despite severe cable installation problems.
CISCO & OTHER SWITCH COMPATIBILITY
AEI Gigabit Ethernet Cards, along with PacketEngine Software offer unparallel
operability and functionality with Cisco switches, and all other industry leading
switching peripherals.
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CHAPTER 6. Troubleshooting
No technical issues at time of printing.
Please reference the individual product webpage to augment the information
contained in this manual. Any conflict, the information contained in the website
shall take precedence.
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CHAPTER 7. Regulatory
FCC CLASS B NOTICE
The equipment complies with Class B Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: 1) The device may not cause harmful
interference, and 2) This equipment must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
The equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. The equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio-frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If the
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged
to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for assistance.
Do not make mechanical or electrical modifications to the equipment.
Caution — If the device is changed or modified without the permission of
AEI, the user may void his or her authority to operate the equipment.
CE NOTICE
The CE mark on this equipment indicates that this equipment meets or exceeds
the following technical standards: EN55022:1998, EN55024:1998, and
EN60950:1992.
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CHAPTER 8. AEI Contact Information
AEI Intelligent Technologies
Headquarters
27574 Commerce Center Dr #136
Temecula, CA 92590
Mailing
PO Box 890955
Temecula, CA 92589
+951-699-8740 – Telephone
+877-786-7700 – US Toll Free
+951-699-8406 – Facsimile
eMAIL Addresses
Sales Support
Technical Support
sales@aei-it.com
support@aei-it.com
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