HP E5500 switches deliver premium levels of performance, security, and reliability for robust switching at the enterprise network edge. The series consists of Layer 2/3/4 Fast Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switches, with advanced features that can accommodate the most demanding applications. They offer resilient and secure connectivity and the latest traffic-prioritization technologies to optimize applications on converged networks. Designed for maximum flexibility and scalability, they come with 24 or 48 10/100 ports, plus four active SFP-based Gigabit Ethernet ports for stacking and uplinks. They can be stacked up to eight units high in one location—or distributed over several sites up to 70 km (43.5 miles) apart and connected via Gigabit links to form a virtual “stack.” One stack can provide up to 384 Fast Ethernet ports and may be managed centrally as a single-IP entity.

Features

Traffic prioritization (IEEE 802.1p): allows real-time traffic classification into eight priority levels mapped to eight queues

Class of Service (CoS): sets the IEEE 802.1p priority tag based on IP address, IP Type of Service (ToS), Layer 3 protocol, TCP/UDP port number, source port, and DiffServ

Rate limiting: sets per-port ingress enforced maximums and per-port, per-queue guaranteed minimums

Bandwidth shaping: Rate limiting: provides per-port, ingress-based enforced bandwidth maximums. Guaranteed minimums: provides per-port, per-queue egress-based guaranteed bandwidth minimums.

Secure Web GUI: provides a secure, easy-to-use graphical interface for configuring the module via HTTPS

Command-line interface (CLI): provides a secure, easy-to-use command-line interface for configuring the module via SSH or a switch console; provides direct real-time session visibility

SNMPv1, v2c, and v3: facilitate centralized discovery, monitoring, and secure management of networking devices

3Com-heritage Comware V3 Operating System: CLI and Web user interface in common with HP 4XXX and 55XX series switches

Port mirroring: enables traffic on a port to be simultaneously sent to a network analyzer for monitoring

Auto-MDIX: automatically adjusts for straight-through or crossover cables on all 10/100 ports

IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE): provides up to 15.4 W per port to IEEE 802.3af-compliant PoE-powered devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, and security cameras

Gigabit Ethernet uplinks: dual-personality ports for either 10/100/1000 or mini-GBIC SFP connectivity for increased connectivity flexibility

RMON (remote monitoring): provides advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities for statistics, history, alarms, and events

Dual flash images: provides independent primary and secondary operating system files for backup while upgrading

Full-featured console: provides complete control of the switch with a familiar command-line interface (CLI)

Web interface: allows configuration of the switch from any Web browser on the network

Multiple configuration files: allow multiple configuration files to be stored to a flash image