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Ethernet Switches

Ethernet Switches Overview

What are Ethernet Switches?

Ethernet switches are devices that manage the connections between computers and network devices. A network hub sends data to all devices attached to it, while a switch only sends data to the device that is supposed to receive it. This minimizes data traffic collisions and subsequently speeds up data transmission.

There are two main types of switches, managed and unmanaged. Unmanaged switches automatically perform data switching and are not configurable. Managed switches allow you to control your network traffic through monitoring and prioritization. Managed switches include a number of features which allow the user to limit network traffic, manage speed, monitor and report activity, and troubleshoot network issues.

Features and Capabilities

General Switch Features

  • Type - Managed or Unmanaged

  • Port Speeds - Available in megabit or gigabit speeds

  • Number of ports - Ranges from 4 ports in a consumer switch up to as many as 96 ports in an enterprise level switch

  • Mounting type - Consumer switches tend to be desk or wall mounted devices while business or enterprise switches tend to be rack mounted

  • Auto sensing - Automatically senses and adjusts the transmission rate of a signal to match network speed

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Features Specific to Managed Switches

  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) - SNMP protocol allows for remote management of the network

  • Quality of Service (QoS) - Allows you to assign a higher priority to critical traffic through your network

  • Virtual LAN (VLAN) - Isolate data traffic into virtual networking groups

  • Redundancy - Create a backup network connection in case of primary connection loss through the use of STP

  • Port Mirroring - Troubleshoot and analyze network traffic without interrupting service by mirroring or copying port traffic to a secondary port

Pricing Information

As with most pieces of hardware, there is a large price range depending on the amount of features and speeds required. Consumer switches can easily be purchased between $20 and $100. Business and enterprise level switches range from $1,000 to over $15,000.

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