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- Easy configuration and management
Cisco Business 250 Series switches are designed to be easy to deploy and use by small businesses or the partners that serve them. Cisco Business Dashboard is designed to manage Cisco Business switches, routers, and wireless access points. It lets you easily customize the interface and widgets to proactively manage your network. Cisco Business 250 Series switches support embedded probe for Cisco Business Dashboard, eliminating the need to set up a separate hardware or virtual machine on site. The redesigned modern web user interfaces reduce the time required to deploy, troubleshoot, and manage the network.
- Reliability and performance
Cisco Business 250 Series switches deliver the high performance and reliability you would expect from a Cisco switch and help you prevent costly downtime. The switches speed file transfer times, improve slow and sluggish networks, keep your vital business applications available, and help your employees respond more quickly to customers and each other. With a network-based on Cisco Business 250 Series switches, you can address all of your business communications and connectivity needs and reduce the total cost of ownership of your technology infrastructure.
- Layer 3 static routing
This capability allows you to segment your network into separate workgroups and communicate across VLANs without degrading application performance. As a result, you can manage internal routing with your switches and dedicate your router to external traffic and security, helping your network run more efficiently.
- Network security
Cisco Business 250 Series switches provide the security and network management features you need to maintain a high level of security for your business, keep unauthorized users off the network, and protect your business data. The switches include integrated network security to reduce the risk of a security breach, with IEEE 802.1X port security to control access to your network, Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention to increase network uptime during an attack, and extensive Access Control Lists (ACLs) to protect sensitive portions of the network from unauthorized users and guard against network attacks.
- IPv6 support
As the IP network addressing scheme evolves to accommodate more devices, you can have peace of mind that your network is ready. Cisco Business 250 Series switches provide native support for IPv6 alongside traditional IPv4. These switches will enable you to take full advantage of IPv6-enabled applications in the future, without having to upgrade your network equipment.
- IP telephony support
Cisco Business 250 Series switches include QoS features that prioritize delay-sensitive services such as voice and video, simplify unified communications deployments, and help ensure consistent network performance for all services.
- Network-wide automatic voice deployment
Using a combination of Cisco Discovery Protocol, Layer Link Discovery Protocol - Media Endpoint Discovery (LLDP-MED), Auto Smartports, and Voice Services Discovery Protocol (VSDP, a unique Cisco protocol), customers can deploy an end-to-end voice network dynamically. The switches in the network automatically converge into a single voice VLAN and set of QoS parameters and then propagate them out to the phones on the ports where they are discovered. For example, automated voice VLAN capabilities let you plug any IP phone (including third-party phones) into your IP telephony network and receive an immediate dial tone. The switch automatically configures the device with the right VLAN and QoS parameters to prioritize voice traffic.
- Flexible and compact design
The sleek and compact design provides additional deployment flexibility, including outside wiring closet installation such as retail stores, open plan offices, and classrooms without disturbing the environment.
- An energy-efficient solution
Cisco Business 250 Series switches are designed to be energy-efficient and eco-friendly without compromising performance. They help conserve energy by optimizing power use, which helps protect the environment and lowers your energy costs. Support for the Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az) standard, which reduces energy consumption by monitoring the amount of traffic on an active link and putting the link into a sleep state during quiet periods.
- Peace of mind and investment protection
Cisco Business 250 Series switches offer the reliable performance, investment protection, and peace of mind you expect from a Cisco switch.
In today's hyperconnected world, reliable access to network resources is critical to all businesses. However, you also need to invest wisely to stay competitive, knowing how to separate the essential from the extraneous and get the most value for your dollar.
For businesses requiring high performance, advanced security, and rich manageability from the network, fully managed switches are an excellent choice. Smart switches provide the right level of network features and capabilities for growing businesses at an affordable price, so you'll have more dollars to put toward growing your business. With Cisco Business 250 Series smart switches, you can achieve enterprise-grade network performance and security without paying for advanced network features that you will not use. When you need a reliable solution to share online resources and connect computers, phones, and wireless access points, Cisco Business 250 Series smart switches provide the ideal solution at an affordable pricing point.
The Cisco Business 250 Series is the next generation of affordable smart switches that combine powerful network performance and reliability with a complete suite of the network features you need for a solid business network. These powerful Gigabit Ethernet switches provide multiple management options, sophisticated security capabilities, and fine-tuned Quality of Service (QoS) and Layer 3 static routing features far beyond those of an unmanaged or consumer-grade switch, at a lower cost than for fully managed switches. And with an easy-to-use web user interface, you can deploy and configure a complete business network in minutes.