Ethernet switch

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Ethernet switch

A "central hub" wired to every computer and network device in an Ethernet. In the home and small office, an Ethernet switch is built into the router (see wireless router).

10/100 and 10/100/1000
Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) switches support 1 Gbps and also 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps for compatibility with lower-speed devices. Older 10/100 switches cannot handle Gigabit speeds; however, all Ethernet devices sense the speed of the connection and transmit at the highest common denominator.

Unmanaged and Managed Switches
A basic "unmanaged" Ethernet switch has no user configuration. It is placed in the network; the cables are plugged in; the unit is turned on and there is nothing else to do. In contrast, for large company networks, a "managed" switch can be configured to adjust speeds, combine users in subgroups, monitor traffic and report network activity. See virtual LAN, SNMP, spanning tree protocol and Ethernet.

Hubs and Switches
Although an Ethernet switch is sometimes called a hub, there is a huge difference between a true hub and switch. Most Ethernet hubs have been replaced with switches, vastly improving network throughput.

Ethernet Switch
In 2015, still going strong after a decade and a half, this unmanaged 10/100 16-port switch from Omnitron was one of the first fanless and totally quiet switches on the market.

In the Home Theater Rack
Switches and hubs plug into other switches and hubs. This 5-port Ethernet switch connects to the Ethernet switch above and to set-top boxes and other equipment in this home theater rack.
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As a lightly managed switch, the Stratix 2500 switch far exceeds the capabilities of an unmanaged switch by monitoring and optimizing traffic flow and providing diagnostic information to help minimize downtime.
With the exception of the 19" touch screen, the data handling PC communicates with its connected components via Ethernet through the unmanaged switch.
They enable customers to build multiple user groups, prioritize voice and video traffic through Quality of Service (QoS), monitor and troubleshoot, and set up easily with multiple deployment options such as desktop placement, undertable mount, wall mount and rackmount all within a ten percent premium over the cost of an Unmanaged Switch.
The EKI-7629CI is an unmanaged switch and features eight 10/100Base-TX ports and two combination 1000M (gigabit) ports with both copper/RJ45 connections and modular Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) slots for use of industry-standard fiber optic transceiver modules.
An unmanaged switch with power-over-Ethernet function supplements the Scalance X-100 range.
According to the company, D-Link is currently extending its Green Ethernet technology to include its business class switches, starting with its unmanaged switch range.
Pricing starts at GBP90 for an unmanaged switch with Fast Ethernet connectivity and ranges to GBP1,758 for a managed all-Gigabit switch with 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports and four Gigabit interface converter slots.
The unit is a self-learning, unmanaged switch, so there is no setup required.
And while the unmanaged switch still has a role to play at local level, providing basic functionality and secure uplinks, the eyes of the enterprise, and increasingly, SMBs who can afford to be nimble in their IT deployment, are today focused on the benefits of sophisticated managed switches that allow the infinite fine tuning of traffic management across the IT network.
Upgrading from the simple connectivity of an unmanaged switch, we have developed 'ProSafe Plus Switch' to offer businesses extended network benefits that cover enhanced security, troubleshooting, traffic prioritisation, segmentation and monitoring, in an affordable yet environment-friendly package,' said Ahmad Zeidan, channel sales manager, Netgear Middle East.
System startup time and ongoing maintenance costs are said to be reduced through a range of unmanaged switch functions such as redundant power supplies, alarm contact, auto negotiation and cable auto crossing.
The NJ95 also cuts down on cable use as it provides four 10/100 unmanaged switch ports together with one pass-through port for a voice line from just one cable.