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D-Link DWS-3160-24TC
20-Port Gigabit Unified Wireless Switch with 4 Gigabit Combo BASE-T/SFP Ports

D-Link DWS-3160-24TC

Sorry, this product is no longer available, replaced by the DWC-2000.


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 functions, 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 managed D-Link Unified Access Points. 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 with an 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.

Automatic RF Management Saves Power and Money
When a number of access points are deployed close to each other, such as in a school or university setting, interference may result if proper RF management isn’t implemented. The DWS-3160 monitors the radio spectrum utilization in the network, and will automatically assign the most optimized channel to each access point under its management. This greatly reduces RF interference and allows the administrator to deploy APs more densely.

To further minimize interference, the DWS-3160 can also adjust the transmit power of each radio independently. When a nearby AP is operating on the same channel, the DWS3160 will automatically lower its transmission power to minimize interference. At any time should the nearby AP drop from the network, the DWS-3160 will instruct the neighboring access point to increase its transmission power to expand coverage.

To ensure that no access point is overburdened while others sit idle, the DWS-3160 can prevent D-Link Unified Access Points from accepting new association requests if its resources are fully utilized. A neighboring 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 2 . 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 mobile 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.

Technical Specifications


• 19-inch Standard 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
• DWS-3160-24TC:  37.7 W
• DWS-3160-24PC:  467W (full PoE load)


Switching Capacity
• 48 Gbps

Maximum Forwarding Rate
• 35.71 Mpps

Forwarding Method
• Store and Forward

Packet Buffer Memory
• 2 MB

802.3af Power over Ethernet
• 15.4W Per Port
• 370W Total Power Budget
• 740W Total Power Budget with RPS

Number of VLANs per Device
• 4K

Static Routes
• 512

Jumbo Frames
• 13K


• DWS-3160-24TC:  561,829 hours
• DWS-3160-24PC:  282,541 hours

• DWS-3160-24TC:  
     • Below 30 °C (86 °F)< 46.3 dB
     • Over 30 °C (86 °F):< 33.0 dB
• DWS-3160-24PC:  
     • Below 30 °C (86 °F)< 39.8 dB
     • Over 30 °C (86 °F):< 51.8 dB

Heat Dissipation
• DWS-3160-24TC:  128.6 BTU/hr
• DWS-3160-24PC:  1593.5 BTU/hr with 370W PoE load

• DWS-3160-24TC:  440 x 210 x 44 mm (17.32 x 8.27 x 1.73 inches)
• DWS-3160-24PC:  440 x 310 x 44 mm (17.32 x 12.20 x 1.73 inches)

Redundant Power Supply
• DWS-3160-24TC:  DPS-200 or DPS-200A
• DWS-3160-24PC:  DPS-700

Weight (without optional module)
• DWS-3160-24TC:  5.63 pounds (2.55 kg)
• DWS-3160-24PC:  11.55 pounds (5.24 kg)

Operating Temperature
• 32 to °F (0 to 50 °C) 

Storage Temperature
• -40 to 158 °F (-40 to 70 °C) 

Operating Humidity
• 10% to 90% RH

Storage Humidity
• 5% to 90% RH

EMI Certifications
• FCC Class A
• CE
• ICES-003
• C-Tick

• UL/cUL
• CB

Software Specifications

• Manages up to 48 Unified Access Points per switch, up to 192 APs per peer group
• Switch Cluster for Single IP Management
• 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-2600AP
• DWL-3610AP
• DWL-6610AP
• DWL-8610AP
• DWL-8710AP

• 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
• 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
• 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

• Limited Lifetime Warranty

Unified Switch Ordering Information
• DWS-3160-24PC     Unified Wireless Gigabit 24 Port PoE L2+ Switch with 12 AP license
• DWS-3160-24TC     Unified Wireless Gigabit 24 Port L2+ Switch with 12 AP license

Optional License Upgrades
• DWS-3160-24PC-AP12-LIC     12 Access Point License, adds additional 12 AP support to DWS-3160-24PC
• DWS-3160-24TC-AP12-LIC     12 Access Point License, adds additional 12 AP support to DWS-3160-24TC
• DWS-3160-24PC-AP24-LIC     24 Access Point License, adds additional 24 AP support to DWS-3160-24PC
• DWS-3160-24TC-AP24-LIC     24 Access Point License, adds additional 24 AP support to DWS-3160-24TC

Optional Redundant Power Supplies
• DPS-700 Redundant Power Supply Unit (589 Watt RPSU)
• DPS-200 Redundant Power Supply Unit, 60 Watt RPSU
• DPS-200A Redundant Power Supply Unit, 60 Watt RPSU
• DPS-800 2-Slot RPSU Open Chassis for DPS-200/DPS-500

Compatible Unified Wireless Access Points
• DWL-8610AP Unified Wireless PoE Access Point, Simultaneous Dual Band 802.11ac
• DWL-8600AP Unified Wireless PoE Access Point, Simultaneous Dual Band 802.11n
• DWL-6600AP Unified 802.11n Dual Band Access Point
• DWL-3600AP Unified 802.11n Single Band Access Point
• DWL-2600AP Unified N Single-band PoE Access Point


Download the D-Link DWS-3160-24TC Datasheet (PDF).