24-Port L2+ Unified Wired/Wireless Gigabit Switch + 4 Combo SFP + 2 Optional 10-Gig Slots



D-Link's DWS-3026 Managed Layer 2 switch supports management through both GUI and CLI and offers exceptional security and flexibility for your business' network.

The D-Link DWS-3026 L2+ Unified Wired/Wireless Gigabit Switch is optimized for wireless network deployment in business environments. With this device, business can install high-performance, secure, manageable and scalable unified wired/wireless LAN switching. Equipped with combo SFP, open slots for optional 10-Gigabit connection, Power over Ethernet and redundant power supply (RPS) support, DWS-3026 provides enterprises with easy upgrade to next-generation 802.11n wireless LAN, simple deployment of wireless devices regardless of physical locations, and centralized management/policy enforcement of wireless mobility.

Core Units Controlling Entire Wireless Network

The DWS-3026 switch is the core units that consolidates the security, manages the bandwidth and maintains the intelligence of an entire wireless network. In addition to monitoring users’ identities and maintaining its authentication as it roams, DWS-3026s can configure and control all aspects of the wireless access points, including their RF channel/power management, wireless traffic segmentation, AP roaming/AP load balancing, rouge AP detection, and AP access security.

Designed for Easy Deployment of High-Performance Wireless LAN

Designed for distributed deployments in the wiring closet, DWS-3026 switch can support up to 48 wireless access points. AP connection can be directly to the wireless switch ports, or indirectly through any LAN switch. With 802.3af PoE integrated into every port, the switch allows connected AP to be located at places difficult to access from AC power sources. Gigabit transmission future-proof hardware protects investments when the network is installed with next-generation higher-speed 802.11n wireless standard devices.

24 Gigabit Ports, No Restriction on Port Usage

DWS-3026 switch provides 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit ports and 4 combo SFP slots. Each of the 10/100/1000BASE-T ports can connect to a wireless access point, or to a wired LAN device, such as a server, a network storage device, or simply another LAN switch. The combo SFP allows for flexible fiber connection, while optional 10-Gigabit modules enable bottleneck-free switch-to-switch cascading or attachment to a high-speed fiber backbone.

Scalable Expansion & Unified Wired/Wireless Deployment

Small to Medium Enterprises (SMB) may begin with only one switch to manage their AP or to use for mixed wired/wireless LAN purposes. When the number of AP is augmented, up to 4 switches can be added to form a large mobility domain. With easy expansion, Gigabit speed to support next-generation high-speed AP, and packet routing to support enterprise-wide inter-subnet roaming, the switch provides an architecture that unifies and simplifies an otherwise complex WLAN environment, readily prepares an existing network for future technology upgrades.

RF & Power Management

To minimize network IT personnel’s intervention, the switch provides automatic selection of unoccupied or least-used Radio Frequency (RF) channels for each wireless access point to avoid interference with other AP and RF devices. For each AP, it also sets a transmitter output power strong enough for RF signals to reach wireless clients yet weak enough to minimize interference with other wireless devices’ RF signals. The switch auto-adjusts the RF channels and transmitter output power of all wireless access points every time when an AP is added to or removed from the network. This automatic adjustment can be programmed to take effect at a certain time or time intervals, minimizing the need for network administrators to manually intervene.

Self-Healing and Load Balancing

The DWS-3026 switch provides two features designed to increase the resiliency of a wireless network - namely a so-called “self-healing” process, and an AP load balancing function. To make up for a sudden RF signal vacuum created by any “dead” AP (AP with DC power failure, for example), the switch automatically increases the transmitter output power of all neighboring AP to expand their RF coverage, thereby “healing” the network “wound.” To ensure continuous connection for current clients, the switch performs load balancing across access points when network traffic reaches a certain threshold, while rejecting new client-to-AP associations to avoid bandwidth overcrowding.

Simplified Configuration & Deployment

Through a centralized management platform, network maintenance and configuration become a more efficient process. By running an Internet browser on any PC connected to the network and typing in an IP address of a managing switch, administrators can view the topology map and pinpoint the locations of the AP and the switch itself. The map uses AP icons on which administrators can click to select, and shows colors to differentiate the different RF channels used by the AP. For quick replacement of a failed AP, administrators can easily locate the AP on the map, swap it with a new one, and apply the same configuration profile to the new unit.

Maximized Wireless Connection

Through centralized RF policies, auto-selection of the least utilized channels and AP load balancing, the DWS-3026 can effectively manage the wireless bandwidth to optimize WLAN traffic. The switch maintains a centralized database of wireless user’s access information such as their MAC addresses and authentication keys. On a network site deployed with multiple peer switches, this information is also swapped among the switches themselves. As wireless users roam around the office using wireless equipment, they may change their connection from AP to AP. By constantly monitoring the AP status, the switch can establish an AP-to-AP roaming for these users without requiring them to re-establishing authentication keys. This fast roaming process results with disruption-free, reliable wireless connectivity crucial for mobile applications such as Wi-Fi IP phone and wireless PDA connection.

Maximized Network Security

Each client connecting to the wireless network goes through a strict authentication process to ensure maximum security. Whether the client is an assigned user, a visiting guest, or a client with only department access, the switch protects the entire network infrastructure with numerous security protocols, including: WEP data encryption, 802.1x user authentication, and 802.11i standard WPA/WPA2 security.

The switch provides a means to define and detect rouge AP to prevent illegal intrusion into the internal network. It provides user-based services such as virtual private group (SSID) membership, encryption type, authentication, location tracking and associated network statistics. Authorizations stay with users wherever they roam because all deployed DWS-3026 switches share stored information, ensuring secure access and connectivity to the right services. In addition to checking the identity of a connecting user from the switch’s local database, user authentication policies can be sent to an external RADIUS server for complete verification. This offloading capability ensures that the switch will not be overloaded when numerous clients simultaneously connect to the network.

Maximized Flexibility

In addition to acting as the controller unit in a wireless switching system, the DWS-3026 can also function as an advanced L2+ wired switch, complete with packet routing, ACL security features, multi-layer QoS, 802.1q VLAN traffic segmentation, IGMP snooping for IP multicast streams, 802.3ad redundant load-sharing Gigabit links, and 10-Gigabit fiber support, allowing businesses to totally integrate their enterprise wireless networks with their wired network infrastructure. Businesses contemplating upgrading their current 10/100Mbps desktop connections to Gigabit capability can deploy the DWS-3026 to take advantage of their ability to flexibly act as a wireless controller or a dedicated, full-featured multi-layer LAN switch, or as a dual-role device.

Device Interfaces 
  • 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ports With Integrated 802.3af PoE
  • 4 Combo SFP Slots
  • RS-232 Console Port
  • 2 Open Slots for Optional 10-Gigabit Module

Redundant Power Supply 
  • Connector for Optional External DPS-600 RPS

Power over Ethernet  
  • Standard: 802.3af
  • Per Port Voltage Output: 15.4 W
  • Total Voltage Output: 370 W
  • Auto Disable If Port Current Over 350mA

  • Switch Capacity: 88Gbps
  • Maximum Forwarding Rate: 65.47Mpps
  • Switching Method: Store and Forward
  • Packet Buffer Memory Size: 750KBytes

Flow Control
  • 802.3x Standard in Full Duplex Mode
  • Back Pressure in Half Duplex Mode

Optional 10-Gigabit Uplink Modules
  • DEM-410X 1-Slot 10-Gigabit XFP Module
    (For Fiber Backbone Attachment)
  • DEM-410CX 1-Port 10-Gigabit CX4 Module
    (For Switch Cascading)

Optional 10-Gigabit XFP Transceivers
  • DEM-421XT XFP Transceiver (10GBASE-SR Standard, Up to 300 m Multi-Mode Fiber Distance, 3.3/5V Operating Voltage)
  • DEM-422XT XFP Transceiver (10GBASE-LR Standard, Up to 10 km Single-Mode Fiber Distance, 3.3/5V Operating Voltage)
  • DEM-423XT XFP Transceiver (10GBASE-ER Standard, Up to 40 km Single-Mode Fiber. Distance, 3.3/5V Operating Voltage)

WLAN Management Capability 
  • Up to 48 AP (Directly Connected and Indirectly Connected Through LAN Switch)
  • Up to 2,048 Wireless Users (1,024 Tunneled Users, 2,048 Non-Tunneled Users)

  • Fast Roaming
  • Intra-Switch/Inter-Switch Roaming
  • Intra-Subnet/Inter-Subnet Roaming

Access Control & Bandwidth Management
  • Up to 16 SSID per AP (8 SSID per RF Frequency Band)
  • AP Load Balancing

AP Management
  • AP Auto-Discovery
  • Remote AP Reboot
  • AP Monitoring: List Managed AP, Rogue AP, Authentication Failed AP
  • Client Monitoring: List Clients Associated with Each Managed AP
  • Ad-hoc Clients Monitorings
  • AP Authentication Supporting Local Database and External RADIUS Server
  • Centralized RF/Security Policy Management
  • Automatic AP RF Channel Adjustment
  • Automatic AP Transmit Output Power Adjustment

WLAN Security
  • WPA Personal/Enterprise
  • WPA2 Personal/Enterprise
  • 64/128/152-bit WEP Data Encryption
  • Wireless Station and AP Monitoring on RF Channel, MAC Address, SSID, Time
  • Rogue and Valid AP Classification Based on MAC Address
  • Encryption Type Support: WEP, WPA, Dynamic WEP, TKIP, AES-CCMP, EAP-TLS, TTLS, PEAP-GTC, PEAP-MS-CHAPv2, EAP-FAST

L2 Features  
  • MAC Address Table Size: 8K Entries
  • IGMP Snooping: 1K Multicast Groups
  • Spanning Tree:
  • 8021.D Spanning Tree
  • 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree
  • 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
  • 802.3ad Link Aggregation:
  • Up to 32 Groups
  • Up to 8 Ports per Group
  • 802.1ab LLDP
  • Port Mirroring:
  • One-to-One Port Mirroring
  • Many to One Port Mirroring
  • Jumbo Frame Size: Up to 9KBytes

  • 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
  • VLAN Groups: Up to 3965
  • 802.1V
  • Subnet-based VLAN
  • MAC-based VLAN
  • GVRP
  • Double VLAN

L3 Features
  • IPv4 Static Route
  • Routing Table Size: Up to 128 Static Routes
  • Floating Static Route
  • VRRP
  • Proxy ARP

Quality of Service
  • 802.1p Priority Queues (Up to 8 Queues per Port)
  • CoS Based on: Switch Port, VLAN, DSCP, TCP/UDP Port, TOS, Destination/Source MAC Address, Destination/Source IP Address
  • Minimum Bandwidth Guarantee per Queue
  • Traffic shaping per port

ACL (Access Control List)
  • ACL Based on: Switch Port, MAC Address, 802.1p Priority Queues, VLAN, Ethertype, DSCP, IP Address, Protocol Type, TCP/UDP Port

LAN Security
  • RADIUS Authentication for Management Access
  • TACACS+ Authentication for Management Access
  • SSH v1, v2
  • SSL v3 , TLS v1
  • Port Security:
  • 20 MAC Addresses per Port
  • Trap Violation Notification
  • MAC filtering
  • 802.1x Port-Based Access Control
  • Denial of Service Protection
  • Broadcast Storm Control in Granularity of 1% of link speed
  • Protected Port
  • DHCP filtering

Management Methods 
  • Web-Based GUI
  • CLI
  • Telnet Server: Up to 5 Sessions
  • Telnet Client
  • TFTP Client
  • SNMP v1, v2c, v3
  • Multiple Configuration Files
  • RMON v1: 4 Groups (Statistics, History, Alarms, Events)
  • BOOTP/DHCP Client
  • DHCP Server
  • SNTP
  • Dual Images

Diagnostic LEDs
  • Per Device: Power, Console, RPS
  • Per 10/100/1000BASE-T Port: Link/Activity/Speed, PoE Mode
  • Per SFP Slot: Link/Activity
  • Per 10-Gigabit Slot: Link/Activity

  • AC Input Power: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz Internal Universal Power Supply
  • Power Consumption: 460 Watts (max. with all PoE ports in operation)

Heat Dissipation
  • Heat Dissipation: 1569.61 BTU/hr
  • Ventilation DC Fans: 4 40 x 40 mm DC Fans

  • 440 (W) x 389 (D) x 44 (H) mm
    (17.32 x 15.31x 1.73 inches)
  • 19-Inch Standard Equipment Rack Mount Width, 1U Height

  • 6kg (13.23 lbs)

  • Operating: 0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
  • Storing: -10° to 70° C (14° to 158° F)

  • Operating: 10% to 90% (Non-Condensing)
  • Storing: 5% to 90% (Non-Condensing)

  • FCC Class A
  • ICES-003
  • VCCI
  • CE
  • C-Tick

Safety Certification
  • UL/cUL
  • CB

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Version Description Date
Revision Info: 
  • Bug fixes
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01/03/2012 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info: 
  • Fixed: The DHCP Server for the wireless Clients stopped working when all IP addresses of the configured range are assigned.
  • Fixed: The b/g device is showed up as a “b” device
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06/10/2011 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info: 
  • Voice VLAN support: Enables the switch ports to carry voice traffic with defined priority so as to enable separation of voice and data traffic coming onto the port. It safeguards the audio quality of an IP phone from deteriorating when the data traffic on the port is high.
  • RIPv2 support: Supports dynamic routing in the form of Routing Information Protocol version 2.
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02/12/2010 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info:
New Features:
  • Added Brazil country code (BR).
  • Increased maximum client lease number on DHCP server from 256 to 1,024
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04/05/2010 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info:
  • Fixed a minor bug that very rarely caused the WLAN Utilization to go over 100%. 
  • Fixed a bug that caused RFScan reports beacons to not be received on the current locked channel.
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04/06/2009 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info: New Features:
  • Added detailed upgrade warning message on AP CLI, GUI and Switch GUI.

Problems Resolved:
  • In show running config, summertime mode was not checked and was displaying in config even thought it had default values.
  • Captive Portal idle timeout didn’t work correctly.
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22/10/2009 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info: 
  • Support Wired Captive Portal – extends the Captive Portal from v2.1.0.9 for WLAN clients to the clients connected to the physical ports on the Wireless Switch.
  • Captive Portal Client web UI Customizations – adds new customizable, language-specific web pages for a Captive Portal instance.
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27/01/2009 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info: Enhancements:
  • Support Captive Portal.
  • Web UI: ACL Summary Web UI Display enhancements - New pages for IP ACL and MAC ACL are added to display Rule Summary.
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29/04/2008 12:00:00 AM
Download 1.0.23
Revision Info: 
  • Shipping Firmware.
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18/01/2008 12:00:00 AM
Additional Downloads
Version Description Date
Download 2.20
Revision Info: 
  • Command Line Interface Manual.
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29/01/2009 12:00:00 AM
Revision Info: 
  • For use with firmware version
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29/04/2008 12:00:00 AM
Download 2.01
Revision Info: 
  • Wired Configuration Guide
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29/01/2009 12:00:00 AM

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