Apart from normal switch functions, DrayTek Network Switches support extra functions including Central Switch Management, VLANs, Bandwidth Aggregation, Port Mirroring, Quality of Service (QoS) and Power over Ethernet (PoE).
1) Central Switch Management
Central Switch Management provides a convenient and easy way to manage and configure VigorSwitches. Instead of logging into each of these switches and work through the configuration pages, you can log into the router that has integrated configuration pages with all linked VigorSwitches. For instance you can create VLANs to provide a number of virtual networks within an organization, or to view status of attached switches from within the router console. This will simplify the configuration tasks and reduce troubleshooting efforts.
Integrated Functions with Vigor Router
Many network functions rely on interworking between the router and the switches; therefore DrayTek has designed integrated configuration pages for Vigor2860 series, Vigor2925 series, Vigor2952 and Vigor3220 series to interwork with VigorSwitches.
VigorACS SI (Future Feature)
You will be able to manage and configure VigorSwitches from a TR-069 based centralized management system.
2) Multi-Workgroup Deployment
Use VLANs to secure your network by creating logical workgroups. VLANs can span over multiple switches so workgroups can be located in different physical locations or floors within a building. For example, a Sales Department may be located on the 1st floor of a building, but some of the sales people are located on the second floor and still be part of the sales VLAN.
The IEEE 802.1q VLAN trunk feature means that only a single LAN cable connection is required between the router and the switch, and/or between the switches, is sufficient to create a number of VLANs for different departments.
3) Bandwidth Aggregation
Increase bandwidth between VigorSwitches by aggregating multiple switch ports to form load-sharing trunk groups. The switches can be cascaded in Daisy Chain or Star topology to provide high speed data links. The connections can be with Ethernet cables or Fibre cables.
4) Network Traffic Analysis
Network traffic can be monitored or analyzed by utilizing the Port Mirroring function in VigorSwitches. This is a handy diagnostic tool for forwarding ingress/egress traffic (RX/TX) to a switch monitor port for analysis by a network analyzer or anadministrator.
5) Prioritising of Traffic
DrayTek VigorSwitches Quality of Service (QoS) feature provides eight queues to classify traffic types according to 802.1p VLAN priority tag, DiffServ and/or DSCP based. You can prioritize traffic type based on the traffic’s tolerance to network delays. Applications such as VoIP or Video Conferencing, both requiring real time data delivery, can be prioritized to ensure satisfactory operation.
6) Power over Ethernet (PoE) Switches
Deliver both data and a stable power supply to PoE devices, such as IP phones, IP camera and wireless Access Points, over Ethernet LAN cabling. In the real world, such devices tend to be mounted where no AC wiring are provided. In these situations, PoE eliminates the need for complicated AC wiring therefore reducing installation costs.
[tw_button icon=”fa fa-download” link=”http://www.draytek.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/VigorSwitch-Comparison-Chart.pdf” size=”large” rounded=”true” style=”flat” hover=”default” color=”#d31e44″ target=”_blank”]Download Switch Comparison Chart[/tw_button]