Cisco offers the Meraki brand of Ethernet switches.
Ethernet Switches Overview
What are Ethernet Switches?
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
Ethernet Switches Products
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Cisco offers Ethernet switches.
HPE offers Ethernet switches under the Aruba Networks product line.
Latvian company MikroTik offers routers and switches.
Juniper Networks offers Ethernet Switches.
Adtran in Huntsville, Alabama offers the NetVanta brand of routers and switches.
3Com Baseline Switches (also known as HP Baseline Switches) was a brand of Ethernet switches, owned by Hewlett-Packard since 2009 and divested to HC3 when 3Com assets were sold. The product line is no longer available.
NETGEAR offers Ethernet Switches.
D-Link offers Ethernet switches.
Global company Huawei IT, headquartered in Guangdong, China, offers Ethernet switches.
Extreme Networks offers Ethernet switches.
The Arista 7000 series is a line of networking switches, from Arista in Santa Clara, California.
IoT company Lantronix in Irvine, California offers Ethernet Switches.
Israeli company Mellanox Technologies offers networking equipment, including a range of Ethernet switches.
NoviSwitch is a brand of Ethernet switch from Quebec company NoviFlow.
Fortinet headquartered in Sunnyvale, California offers the FortiSwitch Secure Access line of Ethernet switches.
Joint venture Ericsson-LG Enterprises (formed from collaboration between Swedish company Ericsson and Korean company LG Electronics) offers Ethernet switches.
IBM offers the BladeCenter Ethernet switch.
Avaya offers Ethernet switches.
Broadcom offers Ethernet switches. Their offerings were bolstered by the acquisition of Brocade and many of its ethernet switches in 2017.
Dell now owns and supports Force10 Ethernet switches.
Apresia is a brand of Ethernet switch from Hitachi.
Linksys, formerly owned by Cisco and now owned by Belkin (since 2013) presents a series of Ethernet switches.
Alcatel-Lucent offers Ethernet switches.
Chinese company H3C offers Ethernet switches.