The Cisco Small Business Switching Team is excited to announce the availability of 2.3.5 software release, delivering significant feature updates to the 250 Series Smart Switches. We have added

  • Static routing (IPv4/IPv6)
  • Security with ACL
  • QoS with ACL
  • CLI through Telnet/SSH
  • Dual image
  • Time based PoE and port operation
  • Guest VLAN

If you know about network switches for Small and Midsize Business, you may have heard about “Smart Switches”. These switches are priced very affordably, but provide a web interface and basic configuration options to build your network. Here at Cisco, we have taken smart switches to the next level and provide more capabilities to our Small and Midsize business customers, while maintaining the affordability that people love.

The Cisco 250 Series is the next generation of affordable smart switches that combine powerful network performance and reliability with a complete suite of network features you need for a solid business network. These expandable Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet switches, with Gigabit or 10-Gigabit uplinks, provide multiple management options, rich security capabilities, fine-grained quality-of-service (QoS) and Layer-3 static routing features far beyond those of an unmanaged or consumer-grade switch, at a lower cost than fully managed switches.

The Cisco 250 series smart switches also support:

  • PoE+ to enable latest wireless access point and cameras
  • PoE input and PoE pass-through for flexible deployment location
  • Smart Network Application for multi device management
  • FindIT Network Manager for on premise and cloud management
  • Network PnP for Zero Touch Deployment
  • Auto Smartport to automatically configure switch ports based on connected devices

With these capabilities, you can set up and configure a complete business network in minutes.

Download the latest software release here.

With this update, we now have 250 series as advanced smart switches and 220 series as basic smart switches. The list price for Cisco 220 series smart switches has been lowered to bring more value. Choose Cisco 250 series to build affordable and easy to use business networking for SMB, and Cisco 220 series for even more budget constraint situations.

The next generation 550X, 350X, 350 and 250 series switches are now replacing the current Cisco 500, 300 and 200 series switches, while the 220 and 110/95 series switches will stay in our portfolio. Learn more about these next generation switches in this video.

Until next time.

Aaron and the Rest of the Cisco Small Business Team


Aaron Wu

Product Manager – Small Business Switching

Enterprise Infrastructure & Solutions Group (EISG)