Linksys adds switches to Business line-up

Linksys releases managed switch range with PoE and advanced functions

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Linksys adds switches to Business line-up With the launch of managed switches, Linksys Business Business line-up now includes a full range of routing, switching, VPN, wireless and IP Surveillance solutions.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 4, 2014

Linksys has added its first managed switches to its business networking product line up.

With the latest addition the Linksys Business line-up now includes a full range of routing, switching, VPN, wireless and IP Surveillance solutions.

The new managed switches are available in a 28 and 52-port rack mountable chassis, with and without Power over Ethernet Plus. Managed switches offer more advanced security and bandwidth control for IT administrators compared to smart and unmanaged switches, to ensure stability of the business network.

"We have a significant advantage because we have developed the entire Linksys Business product portfolio from scratch," said Amanulla Khan, Director Sales, Belkin. "Therefore we have been able to include the latest technologies and features including Power over Ethernet Plus enabling businesses to power other or more devices on a the network through a single switch. Devices that require more power such as videophones and dual-band wireless access points can now also be powered by a switch with PoE+."

The PoE+ models support the latest IEEE 802.3at (PoE+) standard and provide up to a 30W power budget per Ethernet port while offering IEEE 802.3af (PoE) backward compatibility. PoE+ simplifies and reduces complex technology deployments such as IP telephony, wireless AP, and IP surveillance by allowing IT administrators to connect and power devices over a single Ethernet cable at a lower cost.

The switches include QoS features to ensure that traffic can be prioritized properly to deliver the best possible user experience for real-time applications like voice and video along with bandwidth intensive graphic/video file uploads and downloads. Advanced QoS features enable per flow base quality of service control and rate limits to enforce SLA requirements.

Linksys Managed Switches feature port authentication and MAC-based port security, requiring clients to authenticate themselves before any data is passed. Advanced DHCP snooping and IP-MAC-Port binding functions ensure network integrity and help prevent network attacks. These advanced features enable business to secure their network environment and prevent unauthorized access to the network and mission-critical data.

The solutions have been designed to allow users to quickly expand and grow their networks. Multiple high-bandwidth trunks between switches enhance availability and redundancy. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Storm Control features help control planned or inadvertent cable loops, so administrators can confidently build a mesh of switches and quickly expand their network to support the organizations growing workforce. Switches also include additional Gigabit or 10-Gigabit uplink SFP/SFP+ fiber-optic port expansions for servers and data centres.

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