When setting up your office computer local area network (LAN), the plethora of devices and peripherals available to you can be overwhelming. With technology changing so quickly, it can often be difficult to understand what devices are necessary and what advantages there are of having others. The Cisco Catalyst 1900 Switches are an Ethernet switch, which is an essential part of a local area network that features more than a handful of computers.
Ethernet switches, put simply, are used to connect computers and other devices to your network. They allow for increased network bandwidth availability, increased network performance, decreased packet collision, and reduced workload for connected devices. Commercial network switches are used, in part to give a greater landscape of connectable devices, yet they also offer greater functionality than you would be able to achieve without one. The reasons for using a network switch for your office network should be obvious, but what are the particular benefits of using a particular switch?
Extra functionality is where the Cisco Catalyst 1900 Switch really comes into its own and should be a primary reason for using this switch in your office environment. The selection of features available in either the standard or enterprise editions give this switch many great advantages.
The switch allows for four virtual LANs (VLANs), which allow for increased performance, finely-tuned networking, better manageability and much better security. The switch allows for ISL Trunking, which means you can merge up to four Interswitch Links (ISLs) to form one logical single link. ISL Trunking, therefore, allows you to utilise the speed and capability of various links throughout your storage area networks. Merging separate links using ISL Trunking increases performance, manageability and reliability on your network. The device utilises the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as a solid backend for network communications, and features a web-based configuration panel to accompany the command line interface (CLI).
The device itself allows for a maximum forwarding bandwidth of 320-Mbit/s, with 450,000 packets per second forwarding rate. It uses 2 MB RAM, 1 MB FLASH, 1 Gbit/s backplane and a 1024 MAC Address table size. This specification compares well to much higher-priced switches available and so becomes a great choice to use in your office.
These features were and still are available on many network switches, yet this particular switch offered an unparalleled value for money compared to the other available products.
So why use this switch?
As soon as you begin to expand the size of your local area network (LAN), beyond the basic specifications, you are going to need a switch to help deal with the extra bandwidth and workload. This switch features a fantastic hardware specification that is comparable to much more expensive models, yet it is the software features that far outshine competition.
Every feature of the 1900 switch is developed to increase the natural capabilities of a switch – whether through the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), VLAN capabilities or the ISL Trunking. If you choose to use any of these additional features, they all do three things – increase performance, increase the manageability and increase security. These three characteristics are necessary when using medium-to-large scale office networks and are issues that will face every administrator. Maintaining workload, bandwidth and manageability requires expertly designed hardware.
This switch offers that expertly designed hardware at a much lower price than it would have been available for previously. If you want to expand your office network environment but do not want to overspend, this switch can help you.