Gigabit L2+ Unified Managed Switches

DWS-3160 Series

  • Product Status: End of Life

The DWS-3160 Series Gigabit L2+ Unified Managed Switches consists of

  • DWS-3160-24TC: 24-Port Gigabit L2+ Unified Managed Switch including 4 x Combo 1000BASE-T/SFP ports
  • DWS-3160-24PC: 24-Port Gigabit L2+ Unified PoE Managed Switch including 4 x Combo 1000BASE-T/SFP ports

Below optional upgrade licence available to upgrade the number of access point support per device:

  • DWS-316024TCAP12-LIC: additional 12 access points support upgrade for DWS-3160-24TC
  • DWS-316024TCAP24-LIC: additional 24 access points support upgrade for DWS-3160-24TC
  • DWS-316024PCAP12-LIC: additional 12 access points support upgrade for DWS-3160-24TC
  • DWS-316024PCAP24-LIC: additional 24 access points support upgrade for DWS-3160-24PC

Compatible D-Link Unified Access Points include:

  • DWL-2600AP: Unified Wireless N PoE Access Point
  • DWL-3600AP: Unified Wireless N PoE Access Point
  • DWL-6600AP: Unified Wireless N Simultaneous Dual-Band PoE Access Point
  • DWL-8600AP: Unified Wireless N Simultaneous Dual-Band PoE Access Point
  • DWL-8610AP: Unified Wireless AC1750 Simultaneous Dual-Band PoE Access Point

The DWS-3160 Series is D-Link’s latest unified wired/wireless Gigabit Layer 2+ managed switch. Designed to be the ideal mobility solution for medium-sized and large enterprises and service providers, the DWS-3160 empowers administrators to exercise total control over their wireless networks by centralising all aspects of provisioning and management. Able to manage up to 48 D-Link Unified Access Points by itself and up to 192 in a switch cluster, the DWS-3160 can be configured to act either as a Wireless Controller in the core network, or as an L2+ Gigabit Switch at the edge, enabling it to be seamlessly integrated into any existing network infrastructure.

Simplified Management

The DWS-3160 is able to centralise all critical WLAN management, thereby eliminating the need to manage Access Points (AP) individually. The administrator simply assigns a profile to an individual D-Link Unified AP, and the configuration corresponding to that profile would be applied onto that AP automatically. In addition, the DWS-3160 can apply new firmware to all D-Link Unified Access Points on the network, thus greatly simplifying the upgrade process. Besides its wireless capabilities, the DWS-3160 also excels as an advanced L2+ switch. Complete with RIPv1/v2 dynamic routing, ACL security, multilayer QoS, comprehensive VLAN support, as well as Multicast Snooping capabilities, the DWS-3160 enables easy and flexible deployment. Furthermore, multiple DWS-3160s can form a Switch Cluster, which enables the administrator to configure all switches from one single Cluster Master. As the size of the cluster grows, so can the number of D-Link Unified Access Points being managed. Up to 192 D-Link Unified Access Points may be managed by the Switch Cluster. This helps to significantly simplify management and reduce maintenance efforts when a network is scaled up.

Trusted Security

The DWS-3160 offers a state-of-the-art Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS), which empowers administrators to detect Rogue Access Points and Rogue Clients, effectively preventing them from causing damage to the network. The administrator can also activate various threat detections and use Radio Frequency Scan to sweep the entire wireless network to identify any possible security breach in advance.

When working in conjunction with D-Link Unified Access Points, Virtual APs may be easily configured and managed, allowing the administrator to assign different access privileges authorised users to utilise the wireless network. On the wired side, the DWS-3160 utilises ACL (Access Control Lists) to tightly control what goes in and out of the network by setting up a number of simple rules. Along with other advanced security features, such as 802.1x Network Access Control and advanced Denial-of- Service Protection, the DWS-3160 provides robust and centralised security, ensuring maximum network reliability.

Network Resiliency

When a number of Access Points are deployed close to each other, interference may result if proper RF management is not implemented. The DWS-3160 is aware of how the radio spectrum is being utilised in the network and will automatically assign the most optimized channel to each Access Point under its management. This greatly reduces RF interference and will allow the administrator to deploy APs more densely.

To further minimise interference, when a number of Access Points are operating on the same channel within close proximity of each other, the DWS-3160 will reduce the transmission power of these Access Points. When, for whatever reason, there is no longer so many Access Points present, transmission power will be increased to expand network coverage. To ensure that no Access Point is overburdened while others sit idle, the DWS-3160 will prevent certain D-Link Unified Access Points from accepting new association requests if its resources are fully utilised. A neighbouring D-Link Unified Access Point will instead pick up the load. This ensures that proper load balancing is in place, and the network will function in the most optimal state.

Seamless Mobility

Wireless clients can enjoy seamless and uninterrupted roaming from AP to AP if they are managed by the same DWS-3160 switch, even if they are not in the same subnet. Because the DWS-3160 employs various mechanisms such as preauthentication and key-caching, wireless users can freely roam the entire network without needing to re-authenticate. This allows tablet, smart phone and netbook users to travel freely within any area covered by the DWS-3160’s managed APs without having to worry about network connectivity, thus enabling a truly mobile workplace.

License Upgrade

The DWS-3160 can manage 12 Unified Access Points by default, but is capable of managing up to 48 APs. If administrators need to deploy more APs in the network, they can purchase upgrade licenses on an as-needed basis. Two types of license models are offered, a 12 AP upgrade or a 24 AP upgrade. Choosing the right upgrade license is a straightforward process. You simply choose the license model that corresponds to your DWS-3160 switch (whether it’s a base or POE type models), and then the number of managed APs you need to upgrade the switch to handle. To further simplify the process, users can purchase upgrade licenses online.

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Management platform
Access point management - number supported per unit (default/upgradeable)
12/48 APs
Supported access points



DWL-6610AP H/W ver. A1



Number of ports
16 to 30 ports
Layer 2+
Main type of ports
1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
Type of uplink ports
Combo 1000BASE-T/SFP
Switching capacity
48 Gbps
PoE options

Number of PoE ports
PoE power budget
See datasheet

See datasheet
Maximum number of device clustering per group
Access point management - number supported per cluster (default/upgradeable)
AP auto discovery and monitoring
AP authentication by local database and external RADIUS
Auto channel and power management
Centralised AP firmware upgrade
Fast roaming

Client location tracking support
TKIP/AES encryption
Rogue AP/Client detection and mitigation
MAC address
Spanning Tree Protocol
802.1D STP

802.1s MSTP

802.1w RSTP
Link aggregation
VLAN group (max static)
VLAN type



Advanced VLAN
Double VLAN (Q-in-Q)

Voice VLAN
Routing table size
Static route for IPv4/IPv6
IPv4 - 512

IPv6 - 512
RIP v1/v2
Number of QoS queues per port
CoS based on contents
Bandwidth control
64 Kbps minimum granularity
ACL type
ACL based on packet contents
Time-based ACL
Encryption protocol supported

SSL (v1/v2/v3)
802.1X access control
External user databae - POP3 and LDAP
Microsoft NAP support
RADIUS/TACACS+ authentication
Captive portal
SNMP (v1/v2c/v3)
RMON v1/v2
This product was phased out on: 15/05/2018
This product's last date of support is on: 14/05/2023
Version Date Type File Size
DWS-3160 Series datasheet - PDF 2.27mb Download
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DWS-3160 Series hardware installation guide DWS-3160 Series hardware installation guide - - - Download
DWS-3160 Series web UI reference

DWS-3160 Series web UI reference guide

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DWS-3160 Series CLI reference guide DWS-3160 Series CLI reference guide - - - Download
Version Description Date Type Please upgrade to temp version “DWS3160_Run_4_4_1_0.had” before upgrade to release version “DWS3160_Run_4_4_1_10.had”. 20.10.2016 - Download
DWS-3160 Series current firmware

DWS-3160 Series current firmware


7.7.2014 - Download
DWS-3160 Series firmware

DWS-3160 Series firmware


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Version Description Date
CE declaration for DWS-3160-24PC revision A1 CE declaration for DWS-3160-24PC revision A1 13.10.2014 Download
CE declaration for DWS-3160-24PC revision A2 CE declaration for DWS-3160-24PC revision A2 13.10.2014 Download
CE declaration for DWS-3160-24TC revision A1 CE declaration for DWS-3160-24TC revision A1 13.10.2014 Download
CE declaration for DWS-3160-24TC revision A2

CE declaration for DWS-3160-24TC revision A2 - (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)

10.9.2012 Download

Wireless system at Bárdi Autó - Case Study.

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