Effective immediately, Cisco extends its already market-leading capabilities for its 200 series Smart, 300 Series Managed, and 500 series Stackable Managed switches with important firmware enhancements. These switches has proven to be leading in the SMB space by third party lab test reports performed by the Tolly Group, Miercom group, and other independent test companies such as CRN and E-Week. Firmware release 126.96.36.199 expands on this strong base to add key Security, Energy consumption, and time-based enhancements to these products.
This release (188.8.131.52) adds support for the following to the 300 Series Switches:
Denial-of-Service Attack Prevention capabilities such as DHCP Snooping, IP Source Guard, Dynamic ARP Inspection thereby increasing overall network availability
Secure file transfers to/from the switch with support for SCP (Secure Copy)
Secure mechanism to handle sensitive data (passwords/keys, etc) on the switch as well as securely populating it to other switches which prevents tampering by unauthorized users
Secure Auto-configuration delivering a secure mass-deployment capabilities and lowering operational costs
Time-based ACLs and Port Operation lowers operational costs
Additional Green energy savings capabilities with capability to disable LEDs, lowering the power consumption of the switches
Radius Accounting delivering enhanced visibility to help troubleshooting and billing
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