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Linksys launches switches for SMB networks

Cisco division Linksys has unveiled a new range of 16, 24 and 48-port web and SNMP Manageable Switches designed especially for SMBs.

The eight new switches are intended to help meet the needs of businesses looking for a way to provide high speed networking to their users or to migrate their networks from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit.

The newest additions to the WebView line include 16, 24 and 48-port Gigabit Ethernet; dual Fast Ethernet and Gigabit; dual Fast Ethernet and Gigabit with Power-over Ethernet (PoE).

All of the new rack mounted switches include WebView software so administrators can control their network remotely through a web browser for configuration and monitoring traffic. There is also a console port for those users who prefer to oversee their network directly from a PC.

All ports have automatic MDI/MDI-X crossover detection and polarity detection that will automatically correct wiring errors. Each port is said to independently and automatically negotiate for best speed in either half-or full-duplex mode, and head-of-line blocking prevention is designed to keep high-speed clients from bogging down in lower-speed traffic. Fast store-and-forward switching should prevent damaged packets from being passed on into the network.

 


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