Today's businesses require the robust security offered by a dedicated firewall appliance for their growing networks. These same businesses also inevitably require switching capabilities to connect multiple users and workgroups. Until recently, these solutions had to be purchased as separate products, resulting in higher costs and increased deployment and management complexity. Now there's a solution that offers the security of a deep packet inspection firewall and the convenience of workgroup switching in one appliance. The SonicWALL PRO 1260 is a total security and switching platform designed for small network applications. The PRO 1260 combines deep inspection firewall and IPSec VPN capabilities with an intelligent, wire-speed, 24-port auto-sensing MDIX switch in a single, convenient network security and LAN switching platform. This unique appliance can be configured either as an unmanaged switch under SonicOS Standard or as an intelligent managed LAN switching platform through the powerful SonicWALL PortShield (PortShield) architecture enabled in SonicOS Enhanced. The innovative PortShield architecture allows all 24 ports on the PRO 1260 to be independently and easily configured into custom security zones (PortShield groups), each with its own "virtual firewall, " along with granular rate limiting on each interface. Virtual firewalling ensures the ports are secured not only from the Internet, but also from other devices on the LAN. Additionally, SonicOS Enhanced allows more sophisticated managed switching functions such as port-level rate limiting, traffic monitoring and statistics, and configurability for link duplex and speed.