8 Gigabit Ports
The switch provides 8 1000BASE-SX standard Gigabit ports, each port using an SC connector for fiber-optical media connection. All ports support auto-negotiation function for full/half-duplex and flow control. These Gigabit ports are capable of handling very large amounts of data in a secure topology. From these ports, a fiber backbone linking departments and high-power servers together can be established for simultaneous access from multiple clients.
Port Trunks for Aggregated Bandwidths
Multiple Gigabit ports can be combined into a trunk, and multiple trunks can be configured for the switch. These trunks enable groups of links between 2 switches or from a switch to a server to increase bandwidth. Users can create load balancing between links to provide fail-safe connection to mission-critical servers or network centers.
VLANs for Performance and Security
The switch supports standard virtual LANs (VLANs) to extend the broadcast domain, segment network traffic and improve performance and manageability. This allows adds, moves and changes to be easily carried out. It also provides security by limiting broadcast domains, traffic in different segments and subnets can be separated for maximum throughput and secure networking.
Flow Control Against Data Loss
The switch provides integrated IEEE 802.3x flow control in full-duplex pressure. Flow control provides a means to protect users against possible data loss during transmission on the network. When connected to a LAN adapter (in a server PC) that supports flow control, the switch sends signals to the PC regarding buffer overrun during peak usage periods. The PC then delays transmission until the switch is ready again to accept new data.
SNMP Management, RMON Monitoring
The switch can be configured, managed and monitored in-band from an SNMP management station, or on the LAN from a Web browser. SNMP and other MIBs are built-in, and the Web- based management program is built into the switch. RMON monitoring and VLAN configuration is through embedded RMON MIBs and standard VLAN MIBs. Telnet and out-of-band configuration are also supported.