Linksys LGS318 18-Port Business Smart Gigabit Switch
The Linksys LGS318 18-Port Business Smart Gigabit Switch delivers the management, security, speed, and quality service business networks demand. Numerous QoS features ensure that traffic is prioritized properly to deliver the best possible user experience, with IGMP snooping so your network can operate at peak efficiency. Advanced network security features secure networks through port authentication and MAC-based port security, with advanced DHCP snooping and IP-MAC binding functions to ensure network integrity and help prevent network attacks. This Linksys Smart Gigabit Switch also features Spanning Tree Protocol and Storm Control to easily expand your network to support your growing workforce.
Quality of Service Traffic Prioritization
Essential to delivering consistent and reliable communications over your network, QoS (Quality of Service) traffic prioritization ensures that the most important data for your business always receive top priority. The Linksys LGS318 18-Port Business Smart Gigabit Switch offers numerous QoS features to ensure traffic is prioritized properly to deliver the best possible user experience for real-time applications. For example, if IP phone connectivity and video conferencing are your top priority, you can give them preference over bandwidth-intensive activities like uploading and downloading large graphics and video files. IGMP snooping controls which ports receive specific IP multicast traffic, which reduces unnecessary load on host devices and enables the rest of the network to operate at peak efficiency.
Advanced Network Security Features
Protecting your network and data from unauthorized access is a constant concern for businesses. The Linksys LGS318 18-Port Busineness Smart Gigabit Switch helps secure networks through 802.1X port-based authentication and MAC-based port security, which requires clients to authenticate themselves before any data is passed. To safeguard network integrity and help prevent network attacks, DCHP snooping and IP-MAC binding functions ensure that only clients with specific IP/MAC addresses have access to your network, keeping unwanted devices and hackers out.
Expand Your Network as Your Workforce Grows
The Linksys LGS318 18-Port Business Smart Gigabit Switch is designed to work seamlessly with other Linksys network switches for quick and reliable expansion of your network, creating multiple high-bandwidth trunks between switches to enhance availability and redundancy. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) allows switches to communicate with each other to ensure there is only one active path between two network devices, preventing unwanted data loops which can slow down and potentially halt traffic on your network. When computer networks accumulate large amounts of broadcast and multicast traffic, this "broadcast storm" can consume network resources to the point where the network is unable to function properly. Storm Control features on the Linksys LGS318 intentionally cease forwarding of broadcast traffic in the event of a storm, allowing a network manager to diagnose and resolve the root of the problem.
This Linksys Smart Switch uses a built-in Web user interface for easy browser-based configuration. It offers Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) support and is EEE energy efficiency compliant.