D-Link unveils all-in-one wireless and wired smart switch

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — D-Link has brought added wireless capability to its high-performance smart switch.

The DES-1228P, an all-purpose 24-Port, 10/100 smart switch with Power PoE and a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI), is a member of the D-Link Web Smart family. Existing DES-1228P customers will be able to add the wireless management functionality free of charge via a firmware upgrade.

The DES-1228P, for businesses with up to 200 employees, features centralized access point (AP) management for easy deployment, configuration, replacement and monitoring of multiple APs. With WEP, WPA and WPA2 security built in, the DES-1228P switch offers configuration templates for easy set-up, quick discovery of APs, an AP mapping utility, full-time AP status controls and the ability to maintain all AP traffic history and generate reports with statistical diagrams.

Another popular feature is AP load balancing, which automatically disperses traffic equally among multiple APs.

“We’re pleased to be the first company to introduce centralized AP management to the smart switch market and to offer our existing customers the ability to upgrade their switch to support the new wireless functionality at no additional cost,” said AJ Wang, chief technology officer of D-Link. “Unified wireless switching belongs in both SMB and corporate environments. Our DES-1228P offers growing businesses an easy way to configure a unified solution for today’s diverse network environments at a price even a small business can afford.

The DES-1228P takes only minutes to configure, the company said, using a built-in browser-based management interface. With full color graphic pictures, diagrams and easy to understand navigation menus, configuring the customized features is nearly as simple as surfing the Internet.

In addition to the wireless features, the DES-1228P offers all the functionality of a smart wired switch, such as virtual local area network (VLAN) segmentation, quality of service (QoS) prioritization and denial of service (DoS) prevention.

It also includes a wide array of plug-and-play functions like 10/100Mbs auto-negotiation, Universal UTP cable recognition, full/half duplex support, IEEE standards support. The switch boasts 15.4 watts of PoE power per port to easily support devices such as phones, Internet cameras and access points. The DES-1228P helps reduce additional costs often associated with delivering electrical power to remote or difficult to reach locations. The switch will support the soon-to-be released D-Link DWL-3140AP, a small, ceiling-mounted wireless access point.

The unit is compliant with the 802.11b/g standard.

The D-Link DES-1228P Web Smart Switch is available now through D-Link’s wide network of value-added resellers, solution providers and distributors for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$529.99.

The DWL-3140AP and firmware to enable centralized AP management for the DES-1228P will be available by the end of Q2. The wireless upgrade for existing wired-only DES-1228P switch owners will be free.

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