|Cisco® Small Business Smart Switches deliver cost-effective switching solutions that are ideal for small businesses or workgroups within larger organizations. These high-speed switches offer entry-level management without the cost and complexity of a full Layer 2 managed switch.
The Cisco SLM2008 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch is ideal for conference rooms, labs, shipping/receiving departments or in marketing, design, or audio/visual workgroups. The eight 10/100/1000-Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet) ports enable companies to link to other Gigabit devices on the network (servers, workstations, and network storage) to quickly move bandwidth-intensive files while still supporting 10/100-Mbps clients.
The Cisco SLM2008 supports the IEEE 802.3af standard for Power over Ethernet (PoE) for obtaining its power over a designated powered device (PD) switch port or from an external AC power adapter. This gives companies the option to install the switch in places where a power outlet may not be present, such as in ceilings and walls.
The Cisco SLM2008 is able to secure the network through IEEE 802.1Q VLANs and IEEE 802.1X port authentication. For environments where IP multicast applications are used, the switch is capable of limiting the traffic to only the ports that have requested that traffic, with support of Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping. Additional quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities, such as IEEE 802.1p, differentiated services code point (DSCP), and four hardware queues, make it possible to maintain good quality for real-time applications such as voice and video. The Cisco SLM2008 offers an easy-to-use browser interface for managing and configuring the features, making it ideal for small businesses without an IT staff or that have minimal technical expertise.
Good mix of features and ease of use7/24/2009
I purchased this switch in the hopes of prioritizing and streamlining traffic on a corporate website. The network serves web, email, online reservations and two webcams for a hotel and connects to the backbone via a fractional T1. The addition of the webcams had severely impacted the overall performance of the network, reducing data rates to a crawl during peak demand. Replacing an old 10/100 unmanged switch with the SLM2008 and implementing it's on-board QoS capabilities resolved the problem completely. Configuration was fairly straight forward and any questions that did arise were quickly answered by referring to the extensive support area on the Cisco/Linksys website. The "Smart Switch" is a great alternative to costly managed switches that require a much higher level of expertise to configure and manage. If this switch withstands the test of time, I will definitely consider using it in future projects.