Monday, May 2, 2005

D-Link Offers Wireless Switch with Trapeze Smarts

D-Link introduced its first wireless switch for small to medium business customers featuring mobility software from Trapeze Networks. The D-Link AirPremier Wireless Switch is an eight-port Layer 2 10/100 switch that executes and maintains the intelligence of Trapeze Networks' Mobility System Software (MSS), which manages, configures and controls all aspects of thin access points (APs), such as the Trapeze 300 series Mobility Point.

With support for up to twelve simultaneously active, directly or indirectly connected APs or MPs, any switch port can be used for network connectivity, AP or MP connectivity, or both. Power over Ethernet capability is available.

D-Link said its wireless switch delivers Identity-Based Networking, which provides services such as virtual private group membership, personal firewall filters, time-of-day/day-of-week access, encryption type, authentication, usage tracking, location tracking, and associated network statistics. Multiple D-Link AirPremier Wireless Switches can be installed in any network to increase coverage area and capacity as needed.

Authorizations stay with users wherever they roam because the D-Link AirPremier Wireless Switches share the information, ensuring secure access and connectivity to the right services. The D-Link AirPremier Wireless Switch is specifically designed for distributed deployments in the wiring closet or small or medium offices, allowing for central maintenance and security.

The D-Link AirPremier Wireless Switch also performs Layer 2 forwarding and comes with extensive Layer 3-4 and identity-tracking capabilities. It integrates seamlessly with wired infrastructures and offers redundant load-sharing links, 802.1Q trunking, spanning tree and per-VLAN spanning tree (PVST+). It also supports IGMP snooping, which is vital to supporting IP multicast streams. Availability is expected in Q3.