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20 Port PoE Gigabit Unified Wireless Switch with 4 Gigabit Combo BASE-T/SFP Ports




  • 24 GE PoE Ports (with 4 GE Combo RJ45/SFP Ports)
  • 48 Gbps Switching Capacity
  • Manage up to 48 DWL-8600AP, DWL-6600AP, or DWL-3600AP Unified APs

The DWS-3160 is D-Link’s latest Unified L2+ Gigabit Wireless 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 centralizing 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 Peer Group, the DWS-3160 can be configured to act either as a Wireless Controller in the core network, and as an L2+ Gigabit Switch at the edge, enabling it to be seamlessly integrated into any existing network infrastructure. The DWS-3160 comes in two models with or without PoE support.

Simplified Management

The DWS-3160 is able to centralize all critical WLAN management, thereby eliminating the need to manage access points individually. The administrator simply assigns a profile to an individual D-Link Unified Access Point, and the configuration corresponding to that profile would be applied onto that access point 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.

The DWS-3160 also excels as an advanced L2+ switch. Complete with RIPv1/v2 dynamic routing, ACL security, multi-layer 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 Peer Group, which enables the administrator to configure all switches from one Peer Group Master. As the size of the Peer Group 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 a Peer Group. 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 Access Points may be easily configured and managed, allowing the administrator to assign different access privileges to different classes of users. In addition to WPA and WPA2, an added measure of protection is added withan advanced captive portal, thus enabling only authorized users to utilize the wireless network. On the wired side, the DWS-3160 utilizes 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 centralized 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 utilized 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 minimize interference, the DWS-3160 also can adjust the transmit power of each radio independently. 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 utilized. A neighboring 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, even if they are not in the same subnet. Because the DWS-3160 employs various mechanisms such as pre-authentication and keycaching, wireless users can freely roam the entire network without needing to re-authenticate. This allows tablet and smart phone and netbook computer users to travel freely within any premise covered by the DWS-3160’s managed APs without having to worry about network connectivity, thus enabling for a truly mobile workplace.



  • 19-inch Sandard Rack-Mount Width, 1U Height

Network Interfaces

  • 20 10/100/1000Base-T
  • 4 Combo 10/100/1000Base-T/SFP

Console Port

  • RJ45 RS-232

MAC Address Table

  • 16K

Maximum Power Consumption

  • 467 W (full POE load)


Switching Capacity

  • 48 Gbps

Maximum Forwarding Rate

  • 35.71 Million Packets per Second

Forwarding Method

  • Store and Forward

Packet Buffer Memory

  • Up to 256 static MAC entries
  • Enable/disable auto-learning of MAC addresses

802.3af Power over Ethernet

  • 15.4 W Per Port
  • 370 W Total Power Budget
  • 740 W Total Power Budget With RPS

Number of VLANs per Device

  • 4K

Static Routes

  • 512

Jumbo Frames

  • 13K



  • 282,541 hours


  • Below 30 °C (86 °F)< 39.8 dB
  • Over 30 °C (86 °F):< 51.8 dB

Heat Dissipation

  • With 370 W PoE load: 1593.5 BTU/hr


  • 440 x 310 x 44 mm (17.32 x 12.20 x 1.73 inches)

Redundant Power Supply

  • DPS-700

Weight (without optional module)

  • 5.24 kg (11.55 pounds)

Operating Temperature

  • 0 to 50 °C (32 to °F)

Storage Temperature

  • -40 to 70 °C ( to 158 °F)

Operating Humidity

  • 10% to 90% RH

Storage Humidity

  • 5% to 90% RH

EMI Certifications

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


  • UL/cUL
  • CB

Software Specifications


  • Manages up to 48 Unified Access Points per switch, up to 192 APs per cluster
  • Switch Cluster for Single IP Management
  • SSH
  • SSL
  • SNMP v1, 2c, 3
  • sFlow
  • Dual Image Support
  • Web GUI
  • Command Line Interface

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 Client Monitoring
  • 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
  • Centralized Firmware Upgrade

Managed Unified Access Points

  • DWL-3600AP
  • DWL-6600AP
  • DWL-8600AP


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

Access Control & Bandwidth Management

  • Up to 32 SSID per AP (16 SSID per frequency band)
  • AP Load Balancing based on the number of users or AP utilization
  • Flexible Mapping Schemes

L2 Features

  • IGMP Snooping
  • MLD Snooping
  • 802.1D/w/s Spanning Tree
  • 802.3ad Link Aggregation
  • 802.1ab LLDP
  • Port Mirroring (One-to-One and Many-to-One)
  • Jumbo Frame Size: Up to 13 KB

L3 Features

  • IPv4/v6 Static Route
  • Routing Table Size: 512 Static Routes
  • VRRP
  • ARP Proxy

LAN Security

  • RADIUS Authentication Management Access
  • TACACS+ Authentication for Management Access
  • SSH & SSL Support
  • MAC Filtering
  • 802.1X Port-based Access Control & Guest VLAN
  • Denial of Service Protection
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection
  • Protected Port
  • Broadcast Storm Control
  • Access Control List


  • 1213 MIB II
  • 1493 Bridge MIB
  • 1907 SNMP v2 MIB
  • 1215 Trap Convention MIB
  • 2233 Interface Group MIB
  • D-Link Private MIB
  • Power-Ethernet MIB

LAN Flow Control

  • 802.3x Standard in Full Duplex Mode
  • Back Pressure in Half Duplex Mode
  • Head-of-Line Blocking Prevention

QoS (Quality of Service)

  • Voice VLAN
  • Wireless Multimedia (WMM)
  • 802.1p Priority Queues
  • CoS-based QoS
  • Per-Flow Bandwidth Control
  • Per-Port Traffic Shaping
  • Minimum Bandwidth Guarantee


  • 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
  • 802.1V
  • Subnet-based VLAN
  • MAC-based VLAN
  • GVRP
  • Double VLAN
  • Voice VLAN

WLAN Security

  • WPA Personal/Enterprise
  • WPA2 Personal/Enterprise
  • 64/128/152-bit WEP Data Encryption
  • MAC Authentication
  • Station Isolation
  • Wireless Station and AP Monitoring based on RF Channel, MAC Address, SSID, Time
  • Rogue AP and Client Detection & Mitigation
  • Captive Portal
  • Security Profile
  • 802.1X Support
  • Guest VLAN

Ordering Information


  • Unified Wireless Gigabit 24 Port PoE L2+ Switch with 12 AP license


  • Unified Wireless Gigabit 24 Port L2+ Switch with 12 AP license


  • D-Link Redundant Power Supply 589 watts, 1+1 PoE budget


  • D-Link Redundant Power Supply 60 watts, 1+1 PoE budget


  • Unified Concurrent Dual-band Access Point 802.11a/b/g/n


  • Unified Concurrent Dual-band Access Point 802.11a/b/g/n


  • Unified Access Point 802.11b/g/n


  • DWS-3160AP-24TC Upgrade License for 12 APs


  • DWS-3160AP-24TC Upgrade License for 24 APs


  • DWS-3160AP-24PC Upgrade License for 12 APs


  • DWS-3160AP-24PC Upgrade License for 24 APs

Business Benefits

"We’re on the air and on the Internet because of D-Link switches. We’re very comfortable with the hardware, it’s been flawless."
Steven Bothwick
Director of Information Management Systems New Hampshire Public Radio

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Ex. H/W Ver: A1

Contact Details

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