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New version 1.1 Firmware Release for 300 Series Switches

A few of the highlights of the release:

Cisco Discover Protocol (CDP): automatically detects all the  devices connected in the network and instructs the devices to use appropriate  voice VLAN or QoS parameters.

Cisco Auto Smartports: Based on pre-tested configuration,  Smartports auto configures ports with specific levels of Security, QoS, and  availability according to the type of connected device.

Cisco Textview: Text-based configuration for those who  prefer command line interface (CLI) management. The CLI is full featured (the  entire device can be configured solely through the CLI if so desired), and comes  with multiple user privilege levels, delivering differing access depending on  the user’s authorization level. A menu-based CLI is also present in this  release.

Q-in-Q: Allows VLANs to transparently cross a service  provider network while isolating traffic among customers.

BPDU Guard: A security  mechanism to protect the network from invalid configurations. A port enabled for  BPDU Guard is shut  down if a BPDU message is received on that port

Secure Core Technology  (SCT): Ensures that the switch will receive and process management and  protocol traffic no matter how much traffic is  received

This release offers several key capabilities in the area of automating voice  deployments:

  • Automatic Voice VLAN creation and propagation to multiple switches in the  network
  • Synchronization of Voice VLAN and QoS parameters with IP Phones and Voice  Platforms such as UC3xx/UC5xx
  • Automatic configuration of switch ports based on the dynamically discovered  devices – Access Points, IP phones, Switches, UC platforms, etc
  • Automatically sets the security levels appropriately for the discovered  devices using Auto Smartports
  • Uses a combination of CDP, LLDP-MED, Auto Smartports, and intelligent  software from Cisco to accomplish all of this with no user intervention
  • Combines with the POE functionality already available across multiple switch  models to make voice and video deployments as flexible and cost-effective as  possible
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