Ethernet Switches

Best Ethernet Switches include:

Cisco Meraki MS.

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.

Ethernet Switches Products

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Cisco Meraki MS
54 ratings
21 reviews
Top Rated
Cisco offers the Meraki brand of Ethernet switches.
Cisco Ethernet Switches
36 ratings
7 reviews
Cisco offers Ethernet switches.
HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches
23 ratings
6 reviews
HPE offers Ethernet switches under the Aruba Networks product line.
Juniper EX Series Ethernet Switches
18 ratings
5 reviews
Juniper Networks offers the EX Series Ethernet switches, as cloud-grade switches designed for the converged enterprise branch, campus, and data center, and for service providers. They address growing enterprise demands for high availability, unified communications, and virtualization.
MikroTik Routers and Switches
10 ratings
4 reviews
Latvian company MikroTik offers routers and switches.
Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches
4 ratings
2 reviews
Adtran in Huntsville, Alabama offers the NetVanta brand of routers and switches.
Extreme Ethernet Switches
9 ratings
2 reviews
Extreme Networks offers Ethernet switches.
D-Link Ethernet Switches
3 ratings
1 reviews
D-Link offers Ethernet switches.
Lantronix XPress-Pro SW
1 ratings
1 reviews
IoT company Lantronix in Irvine, California offers Ethernet Switches.
3Com Baseline Switches (Discontinued)
5 ratings
1 reviews
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.
NVIDIA Mellanox Switches
2 ratings
1 reviews
Mellanox Technologies offers networking equipment, including a range of Ethernet switches. NVIDIA acquired and now supports the Mellanox product line since March 2019.
Huawei Ethernet Switches
2 ratings
1 reviews
Global company Huawei IT, headquartered in Guangdong, China, offers Ethernet switches.
Arista 7000 series
4 ratings
1 reviews
The Arista 7000 series is a line of networking switches, from Arista in Santa Clara, California.
NETGEAR Ethernet Switches
3 ratings
1 reviews
NETGEAR offers Ethernet Switches.
NoviFlow NoviSwitch
NoviSwitch is a brand of Ethernet switch from Quebec company NoviFlow.
Ericsson-LG Ethernet Switches
Joint venture Ericsson-LG Enterprises (formed from collaboration between Swedish company Ericsson and Korean company LG Electronics) offers Ethernet switches.
IBM BladeCenter Ethernet Switches
IBM offers the BladeCenter Ethernet switch.
Broadcom Ethernet Switches
Broadcom offers Ethernet switches. Their offerings were bolstered by the acquisition of Brocade and many of its ethernet switches in 2017.
Apresia Ethernet Switch
Apresia is a brand of Ethernet switch from Hitachi.
Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch
Alcatel-Lucent provides the OmniSwitch family of switches, providing data center switching, Ethernet & LAN switches, support for IoT and edge solutions, SDN, ruggedization and industrial-grade solutions, and WebSmart switches.
H3C Ethernet Switches
Chinese company H3C offers Ethernet switches.
Linksys Ethernet Switches
Linksys, formerly owned by Cisco and now owned by Belkin (since 2013) presents a series of Ethernet switches.
TTTech Ethernet Switches
Viennese company TTTech Computertechnik specializes in ruggedized networking equipment, middleware, and IoT support, and offers a range of ethernet switches. Their devices support time-sensitive or deterministic networking.
CenturyLink Ethernet Services
CenturyLink® Ethernet services power secure, high-availability network solutions that enable high-performance voice, video and data applications. CenturyLink Ethernet’s private connectivity, scalable bandwidth and configuration options make it ideal for high-speed connections among corporate headqua…
QCT QuantaMesh Ethernet Switches
QCT, a Quanta Computer company headquartered in San Jose, offers the QuantaMesh line of ethernet switches.