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Compex PS2216 Switch

Posted: May 27, 2003
Written by: Davey McWatters

Compex PS2216 Switch

The Switch (Cont'd)

The PS2216 is very compact for the average 16 port switch that could be used for home or large businesses. It is a 10/100 compliant switch complying with IEEE standards 802.3 10Base-T, 802.3u 100Base-TX, and 802.3x flow control. It supports both full and half duplex modes of flow control. The switch also offers a 3.2Gbps backplane, unlike hubs and repeaters which simply only offer 100Mbps for the entire range of ports, the PS2216 is able to offer a full bandwidth of 200Mbps for each port on the switch. A store and forward switching method is utilized by the switch, which allows for better error correction than some other switching methods such as cut-through.

From this angle the switch looks very similar to most other 16 port switches available. As you can see, there are two rows of eight ports in each row. The ports are the standard RJ45 ethernet ports.

The above image shows the dip switches a user would use to configure their switch based on their networking needs. Granted most home users are not going to need to use these features and will be fine leaving them at the default option of disabled, larger businesses and/or geeks who just like to play around with their new equipment might want to mess around with the different available configurations to optimize their home network.

The switches are labeled quite well; the first two allow you to enable trunking on ports 1, 2, 9, and 10 or ports 7, 8, 15, and 16. The third switch enables priority mode on ports 8 and 16 which will give them priority over the other ports on the switch. Lastly, we have the VLAN switch; it enables a separate VLAN on each port 2-15 and sets port 1 as the common port of the switch.

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