D-Link, the end-to-end computer networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced worldwide shipments of Managed and Unmanaged network switches surpassed 320 million ports for the previous five years, second only to Cisco Systems according to In-Stat research*.

D-Link has been a pioneer in business networking for more than two decades. D-Link switches play a crucial role in office connectivity and are available with up to 48 ports in a variety of convenient configurations; Layer 2 or 3, Managed or Unmanaged, Web Smart, Gigabit Ethernet, PoE, and Unified Wireless switches to meet the needs of all business applications.

D-Link’s xStack Switch solutions for medium to large enterprise environments enable businesses to deploy and easily manage a LAN architecture that delivers robust network connectivity, scalability, security, and standards-based interoperability.

The following categories make up D-Link’s extensive line of network switches:

Unmanaged Switching – Switches in this category easily allow network devices to communicate and are generally plug and play. Unmanaged switches are ideal for applications where no switch management or user interaction is required.

Web Smart Switching – Switches in this category offer web-based management and feature Quality of Service (QoS), Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), port trunking, port mirroring and other key features. Web Smart switches provide added network security and can be used as central switching devices [the noun “switches” is plural above] for small office connectivity or at the network edge.

Managed Switching – Switches in this category allow IT managers to take control of their networks by letting users adjust their communication parameters to any setting they desire and monitor their network behavior in a number of different ways. Managed switches support multiple features designed to provide advanced QoS and network management and security, such as IGMP snooping, 802.1w RSTP, and more.

Wireless Switching – Switches in this category are ideal for seamless wired and wireless networks. They are managed switches that allow for seamless roaming and centralized Wireless Access Point (AP) management. Wireless switches support management through web and command line interfaces and feature wireless security such as WPA/WPA2, 802.1X, and rogue AP detection and containment.