by May 16, 2007 0 comments

This is a 24 port 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet Layer 3 managed switch with
routing capabilities. It supports all Standard Layer 2 features such as VLANs,
Link Aggregation, IGMP Snooping, Spanning Tree, etc. Its VLAN feature allows you
to create multiple virtual networks on the same switch. However, configuring
VLAN is a bit complicated even through the Web browser. The Web browser
interface is not informative enough and one has to keep the manual handy for
reference, even for small settings.

In its security features, the switch provides traffic control and
segmentation, port security, trusted hosts, etc. It also comes with some QoS
features such as DiffServ, which help strengthen high-level requirement of
traffic management. Eight levels of prioritization are provided for the traffic
Each of its port supports a cable diagnostic feature that informs the user about
cable related problems through LEDs. The switch’s two fans keep the device from
heating much.

We tested the switch with NetIQ QCheck. It gave an average throughput of
94.118 Mbps, which is good, in an isolated network while transferring 1000 KB of
payload from one end to another and in a response time of 1 ms. We, then,
overloaded the switch by flooding excessive traffic and tested for throughput.
Under these conditions as well, the switch gave an average of 75 Mbps, which
means it performs well even under stressed conditions.

Bottom Line: Worth buying for its performance and features, and for
max enterprise network reliability.

Price: Rs 41,190 (3 yrs warranty)
Key Specs: Full duplex, VLAN support, QoS, Layer 3 routing,
port mirroring, browser-based management
Contact: Dax Networks, Chennai.
Tel: 24323558, E-mail:

SMS Buy 130593 to 6677

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