IBM 8276 Switch User Manual

Extending switching benefits to the user’s desktop
IB M 8276 Nways Ether net RoutePor t
Flexible-port switching concen-
Low-cost extension of switching
benefits to the user’s desktop
Internal software segmentation
Reduced device count
Easy administration with power-
ful, graphical management tools
Simple configuration
Compatible with other IBM
Ethernet LAN switches
The IBM 8276 Nways
RoutePort provides a 36-port Ethernet
port switching concentrator that
complements IBM’s powerful 8273 and
8274 Nways RouteSwitches and 8271
Nways LAN Switches. Used in combina-
tion with one of these switches, the 8276
extends the benefits of switching to the
user’s desktop. It’s a good solution for
customers who want the advantages of
switching, LAN segmentation, virtual
LANs (VLANs), routing and increased
bandwidth but who can’t justify the cost
of providing 10 Mbps to every desktop.
The 8276 allows all of its ports to be
divided via software into as many as four
independent Ethernet segments,
providing an effective bandwidth of
40 Mbps. And depending on your model
selection, up to two of the 36 ports on
each 8276 can be configured as optical
fiber links.
Powerful VLAN extension
Users connected to an 8273 or 8274
through the 8276 inherit the benefits of
their powerful VLAN implementation. The
8276 can support up to 32 policy-based
VLANs on a single segment. A single
VLAN can span multiple segments.
Reducing current and
future costs
LAN equipment and administration costs
are major expenses when expanding
networks. Per-port costs are of particular
concern for both current and future
needs. Use of the 8276 with one of IBM’s
powerful LAN switches maximizes user
function at minimum port cost and allows
for future expansion at minimum
additional cost.
Simplified changes
The ability to dynamically add, delete or
move users and make other network
changes through software means that
administrators can reconfigure the
network without cable changes or
network downtime. Being able to easily
move users from one segment to another
provides simple bandwidth manage-
ment for improved network performance
and user response.