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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Lenovo Flex System Ethernet Switches
Lenovo offers the Flex System of Ethernet Switches
IEI iSwitch
IEI Integration Corp headquartered in Taiwan offers the iSwitch industrial grade line of Ethernet switches.
NEC QX-S1000 Series Switches
NEC offers the QX-S1000 series of Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit Switches.
Cisco Industrial Ethernet 3000 Series Switches (IE 3000)
Cisco Industrial Ethernet 3000 Series Switches (IE 3000) is presented as a rugged, easy-to-use option providing Power over Ethernet (PoE), and related networking features and conveniences.
Cisco Industrial Ethernet 4000 Series Switches (IE 4000)
Cisco Industrial Ethernet (IE) 4000 Series is designed to deliver best-in-class speed, security, and reliability for rugged environments. Its ring protocols, edge compute, and advanced industrial protocols support resilient and scalable networks. The IE 4000 Series meets compliance requirements for …
Cisco 350X Series Stackable Managed Switches
Cisco 350X Series Stackable Managed Switches includes capabilities needed to support applications. Examples include strong security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and true stacking.
Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches
Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches include capabilities and management options needed to support applications today and in the future, such as security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, and Layer 3 dynamic routing.
Avaya Ethernet Switches (discontinued)
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Avaya offered Ethernet switches, many based on former Nortel product lines, but since around 2015 Avaya has discontinued sale and support for their Ethernet switches. They are no longer available.
FortiSwitch Secure Access Switches
Fortinet headquartered in Sunnyvale, California offers the FortiSwitch Secure Access line of Ethernet switches.
MikroTik Cloud Router Switch
MikroTik offers a series of Cloud Router Switches (or their CRS series), their flagship products.
Dell Force10 Ethernet Switches
Dell now owns and supports Force10 Ethernet switches.