Slow, unreliable and poorly optimised networks are the bane of an employee’s existence. Getting work done to tight deadlines is stressful enough. Not being able to access the tools they need easily, it can make it worse.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Cisco 250 series smart switches combine powerful features with an affordable price to help you build a solid business network. With powerful network performance, reliability and security, the Cisco 250 series switches are a fantastic way to build your network.

 

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Why do you need high-quality switches?

Network switches help you connect computers, devices and more to your network. Having fast, high-quality switches will help your employees access the networks and use the items they need, quickly and efficiently.

Poor quality switches can be slow, and may actually increase network downtime. Poor quality or disorganised systems can seriously affect your employees’ work rate. It can also negatively affect their happiness with their role or the company.

Making it easier for your employees to work helps increase your profits, and can reduce staff turnover. The Cisco 250 series switches are a powerful and reliable set of switches that can help you improve your network.

Why Choose Cisco Small and Medium Business Switches?

Cisco is the marketing leader in network switches. They have a huge range of customers all over the world. Their switches are chosen and tested by customers. Cisco always listens to its customers and their feedback. Customer satisfaction is one of Cisco’s key performance indicators. They work with IT and network managers across the globe to understand the way small businesses handle their IT. Because of this, their switches are always ready for tomorrow’s workplace. They are designed for you and the way your business works.

Cisco have a commitment to small and medium-sized businesses. They offer a large range of products specifically to suit small business networking problems. Their switches are easy-to-manage, so businesses don’t need expensive IT companies to install and monitor the software. They offer basic management, security, and quality of service to provide your business with an easy, affordable solution.

Plus, Cisco have a security research team that is second to none. Their team are constantly researching the latest threats, and their switches update too. The switches also let you manage who is on your network. Cisco release regular cybersecurity reports to help you understand the threat landscape.

Outside of switching, Cisco are a company with a heart. They aim to positively impact 1 billion people worldwide through community outreach programmes, charity work and training. They have trained many refugees to take on technology careers. They have used technology to create crisis solutions in underdeveloped areas. They promote STEM careers in schools and help thousands to advance in IT roles. So, by supporting Cisco, you are helping these outreach programs.

So with the Cisco 250 series switches, you are in capable hands.

How Can Cisco 250 Series Smart Switches Help?

The Cisco 250 series smart switch range is built with small businesses in mind. Cisco knows that high-speed connectivity can boost your company’s productivity. Increased productivity often leads to increased profits. With faster data transfer between computers and servers, plus offer a comprehensive voice, data, and wireless technology solution.

Possible deployment scenarios include:

High-speed desktop connectivity

Help speed up your employee’s network access. Connect employees with one another and with all of the printers, servers, and other devices they use. High performance and reliable connectivity help speed up file transfers and data processing, improve network uptime. With PoE capabilities, you can also power IP phones and other devices to free up vital electric sockets.

Flexible wireless connectivity

When combined with wireless solutions, Cisco 250 Series switches help to extend the reach of your network. With security features, Power over Ethernet (PoE), VLAN, and QoS, these switches are the perfect foundation to add business-grade wireless to a network. you can use your switches to power wireless access points, which are also available from Cisco.

Unified communications

The Cisco 250 Series provides QoS features to enable you to prioritise delay-sensitive traffic in your network. The switches also let you converge all of your communications solutions. For example, you can have IP telephony and video surveillance on to a single Ethernet network. Cisco 250 Series switches have been rigorously tested to help ensure full compatibility with Cisco and other vendor’s IP products.

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What’s in the Box?

The Cisco 250 series switches contain:

  • 1 x Cisco 250 series smart switch
  • 1 x power cord/power adapter
  • 1 x mounting kit
  • 1 x quick start guide

Features and Benefits

The Cisco 250 series smart switches are packed with fantastic and powerful features. They have everything you would need in a switch to create a basic business-class network at affordable prices. Let’s take a look at some of their top features.

Easy configuration and management

The Cisco 250 series smart switches are designed to be easy to deploy and manage. This means that the switches can be looked after by businesses themselves. It can also allow IT companies to focus on critical projects rather than daily management.

The switches are packed with useful software and tools to help manage the switches:

  • Cisco SNA – an innovative monitoring and management tool.
  • FindIT Network Discovery Utility – Web browser toolbar which discovers Cisco products and display’s basic information, inventory and firmware updates
  • Simple or advanced-mode graphics user interfaces to deploy, troubleshoot and manage the network.
  • Cisco Smartports technology provides more advanced capabilities by automatically configuring ports wo suit the connected device. This is all based on Cisco’s best practices.
  • USB port on the front panel allows easy image and configuration transfer for faster deployment or upgrades.

Flexible mounting options

Cisco knows that small businesses are often limited on space. That’s why the Cisco 250 series comes with multiple mounting options.

There are three main ways to install your Cisco 250 series switch:

  • Place the switch on a flat surface. To place the switch on a desktop,
    install the four rubber feet (included) on the bottom of the switch.
  • Mount the switch in a standard rack (1 rack unit high).
  • Mount on a wall.

The Cisco 250 series can cope with temperatures of up to 50°C (122°F ). The only limitation on placement is that the two vents on the sides must not be covered. But that is true of most network switches.

Reliability and performance

Cisco 250 Series switches have been tested to deliver the high performance and reliability. After all, Cisco has a high reputation to uphold. You can address all your business and communication needs with the Cisco switches.

The switches help:

  • Speed up file transfer times
  • Improve slow and sluggish networks
  • Keep your vital business applications available,
  • Help your employees respond more quickly to customers and each other

Cisco 250 Series switches also support 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks on select models. This great feature allows you can build a high-performance and future-ready network to support your thriving business.

 

Layer 2 Switching

Cisco 250 series switches support layer two functionalities. It supports VLAN and Voice VLAN, and loop-back protection amongst others.

The switches support multiple spanning tree protocols including:

  • Standard 802.1d spanning tree support
  • Fast convergence using 802.1w (Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol [RSTP]), enabled by default
  • Multiple spanning tree instances using 802.1s (MSTP); 8 instances are supported

 

Layer 3 Static Routing

You switch can manage internal routing within your network. The Cisco 250 series segments your network into separate workgroups and communicate across VLANs, without affecting application performance. This means your router to deal with external traffic and security, which is far more efficient.

 Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)

Cisco 250 Series switches are available with PoE+ on the Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet models. PoE+ aids the deployment of your IP devices, such as telephones and cameras. This allow you to send data and power to network endpoints over a single cable.

PoE switches can deploy multiple devices, such as

  • IP phones
  • Wireless access points
  • IP cameras
  • IP motion sensors

Network security

Keep your business safe with the inbuilt security functions. The Cisco 250 series switches provide security management features that allow you to maintain a high level of security for your business. The security features include:

  • IEEE 802.1X port security to control access to your network
  • Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention to increase network uptime during an attack.
  • Extensive Access Control List (ACLs) to protect sensitive portions of the network from authorised users

 

IPv6 Support

Cisco 250 Series switches provide native support for IPv6 alongside traditional IPv4. The switches have USGv6 and IPv6 Gold Logo certifications. Because of this, you can use IPv6-enabled operating systems and applications in the future without having to upgrade your network equipment.

 

Energy-efficient

Cisco 250 Series switches are designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly without compromising performance. The switches optimise power use, which helps protect the environment and lowers your energy costs. Power-saving features include:

  • Support for the Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az) standard
  • Automatic power shutoff on ports when a link is down
  • Embedded intelligence to adjust power based on cable length
  • Fanless design in most models, which reduces power consumption, increases reliability and provides quieter operation
  • Ability to turn off LEDs to conserve power

 

The Cisco 250 series switches, you can grow a reliable and cost-effective network for your employees. A strong network can help employees be more productive while removing any unhappiness that may come with a slow network. You can shop the range of Cisco 250 series switches over on the Comms Express website. If you want more information about the Cisco 250 series range, you can speak to our Cisco-certified expert on 01245 459492.