Ethernet switches range from unmanaged switches that provide easy and affordable network connectivity in small offices and home/offices, to fully managed Layer 3 switches that operate as an edge switch or a LAN's backbone in large networks.
What is the difference between Ethernet switches?
- Unmanaged Switch: Offers basic switching functionality with plug-and-play configuration. Unmanaged switches are ideal for a home or small and simple network.
- Smart Managed Switch:
Ranging from 'Smart Lite' functionality, to 'Smart' functionality, these entry-level switches bridge the gap between an unmanaged switch and a Layer 2/3 managed switch at a much lower cost, making them ideal for small businesses.
- Layer 2 Managed Switch: Offers best-in-class, wire-speed performance and management control to identify bottlenecks or errors, optimise performance for data and voice, prioritise traffic and more.
- Layer 3 Managed Switch: In general, a Layer-3 switch (routing switch) is primarily a switch (a Layer-2 device) that has been enhanced or taught some routing to deliver intelligent edge connectivity for essential business applications.
- Cloud Managed Switch:
For easy remote access to manage connected devices. Enjoy the convenience of anywhere connectivity and manage your switch via the Cloud.
- PoE Switch: Can provide power to compatible PoE devices directly from the switch via the Ethernet cable, therefore, removing the need for a power supply local to the device. Commonly used for VoIP phones, WiFi Access Points, and IP cameras.