IT & Network Infrastructure : Cisco Series 300 Switches Don't Cut Networking Corners

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-11-09 Print this article Print
Cisco Series 300 Switches Dont Cut Networking Corners

Cisco Series 300 Switches Dont Cut Networking Corners

by P. J. Connolly
The latest small business switches from Cisco give workgroups and branch offices a wealth of new choices for creating reliable managed networks. The 300 Series includes 15 models with a range of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet ports, Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, and Layer 3 switching capabilities, and provide a cost-effective upgrade path for those shops that have outgrown existing unmanaged switches, but lack the monetary and technical resources required by a traditional managed switching environment. The 300 Series switches can be configured with access control lists, cross-VLAN switching at Layer 3 and IPv6 support. They automatically recognize IP telephones and configure them with the necessary VLAN and QoS parameters for voice traffic. Power saving features include low-power 65nm chip sets, fanless designs and the ability to reduce the power supplied to a non-PoE connection when connected to a "sleeping" device, or when using cables below a defined length.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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