different types of network switches
Different Types of Network Switches
A network switch is a computer networking device
that keeps users connected to each other and to the internet. It’s not just the computer itself that benefit from this device: printers, gaming consoles, DVD drives, etc. benefit from this as well. It allows you to perform various functions on multiple devices. Choosing the network switch that is right for you depends upon factors such as the number of devices and the number of people that are going to be using the network. Some of the different types of network switches are local area network (LAN) switch or active hub, unmanaged network switches, managed switches, and routers.
The LAN switch or active hub is also known as the local area network or Ethernet switch. It connects points on a company’s internal LAN and allocates the bandwidth economically so overlapping data is blocked. The LAN switch delivers data to its intended recipient and reduces traffic.
Unmanaged network switches are the easiest to install and are used mostly in home or small business settings. They also allow different devices to connect with each other. Managed switches can be customized and can enhance a networks functionality. There are two types of managed switches: smart and enterprise. Smart switches have limited features but create a web interface and accept configurations of basic settings. Enterprise switches have a wide range of management features and are often found in large companies that have a lot of connections, nodes, switches, and ports. Because they are more customizable, they are more expensive. Routers send data along networks and are usually connected to LANs or wide area networks (WANs). They are able to connect more than two networks.
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Posted on April 2, 2019
networking & connectivity