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Linksys Expands Smart Ethernet Switch Line For Small Businesses

The devices offer 24 or 48 ports and range in price from $199.99 for low-end switches to $799.99 for a 48-port switch with two optical slots.

Linksys has debuted a line of advanced Ethernet switches with up to 48 ports that are aimed at small businesses and feature network security and easy installation.

Part of Linksys Business Series Smart Ethernet Switch line, they range from 24-port to 48-port switches with two gigabit copper or optical SFP (small form-factor pluggable) slots to similar models with two optical SFP slots; prices range from $199.99 for low-end devices to $799.99 for a 48-port switch with two optical SFP slots.

The announcement Monday also included two stackable switches -- a 24-port model and a 48-port version each with four copper or four optical SFP slots. Linksys is a unit of Cisco System and primarily aims its product line at consumer, SOHO, and small business users.

"We expanded our Linksys Business Series Smart Ethernet Switches to deliver performance, scalability, ease-of-use, and affordability, so that small business users could quickly get many of the key benefits of a fully-managed network without the added cost and complexity," said Marty Wachi, senior manager of product marketing at Linksys' Connected Office Business Organization, in a statement.

The products include network management tools that let users monitor the switches from remote central locations and a cable analysis feature that enables the quick identification and isolation of cable problems. The devices also can limit and control the amount of traffic permitted through ports.

Linksys said the switches have been designed to appeal to small businesses that have no dedicated IT staff.

The switches have security features in the sense that small businesses can utilize the switches to create virtual LANs based on 802.1q by enabling the segmentation of networks. "Port-level security is provided by the 802.1x authentication capabilities in the products," Linksys said in a release.

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