Growing businesses require cost-effective networking solutions that can scale to meet ever-changing business needs. The Cisco SRW2016 16-Port Gigabit Switch brings Gigabit speeds to your users and servers, while adding a new level of intelligence and security to the network infrastructure. The sixteen 10/100/1000 Mbps ports enable you to take advantage of the Gigabit Ethernet interfaces shipping in the current generation of servers, workstations, and storage devices, in addition to supporting your existing 10/100 Mbps clients. The optional Gigabit optical interfaces allow you to expand the network as your business grows. Network security is a top priority in any size business. Unauthorized access to the network and mission-critical data is a constant concern. The Cisco SRW2016 is able to secure the network through 802.1x port authentication. The 802.1x standard requires clients to authenticate themselves before the port will pass data for them.