Accelerate your Ethernet success
Building a network starts with switches.
The right switch network helps develop a next-gen infrastructure that delivers the performance, automation and analytics required to support newer technologies and future business needs.
Switches connect multiple devices (computers, printers, servers) on the same network within a building or campus. A switch enables connected devices to share information and talk to each other. Building a network isn’t possible without switches to tie devices together. Broad deployment options allow traditional, cloud managed, or full fabric-control mode–as well as a range of features, scales, port speeds, and interface types from 1G to 100G.
An unmanaged network switch is designed so that you can simply plug them in and they work, no configuration required. Unmanaged switches are typically for basic connectivity. You’ll often see them used in home networks or wherever a few more ports are needed, such as at your desk, in a lab, or in a conference room.
Managed switches give you greater security and more features and flexibility because you can configure them to custom-fit your network. With this greater control, you can better protect your network and improve the quality of service for those who access the network.
Network hubs and switches
A network hub is a central connection point for devices in a local area network, or LAN. But there’s a limit to the amount of bandwidth users can share on a hub-based network. The more devices are added to the network hub, the longer it takes data to reach its destination. A switch avoids these and other limitations of network hubs. A large network may include multiple switches, which connect different groups of computer systems together. These switches are typically connected to a router that allows connected devices to access the Internet.