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