In a business network, switches are used to connect computers, printers and servers within a building or campus. A switch is a controller, allowing networked devices to talk to each other efficiently. Through information sharing and resource allocation, switches can save businesses money and increase employee productivity. HCP Computers, based in the greater Bangor, Maine, area, can show you how this is done.
Managed switches are a part of the security of a business. One purpose of a managed switch is to lock down ports. This means that the port is turned off from unauthorized use for users on a secure network. Managed switches also control the VLans of a computer, which allows a company to separate network devices. Managed switches give your company the ability to manage your network resources and secure against attacks on your network.
An unmanaged switch is an ordinary switch. It is common for most businesses to use a type of unmanaged switch. Unmanaged means that anyone can plug into the switch and connect to the network of that switch. Unmanaged switches are easy to implement but it does allow for any security on the network.
Switch vs. router
HCP, based in the greater Bangor, Maine, region, can explain the difference between switches and routers. A business network is made of switches, routers, servers, workstations, cabling, and modems. Modems are the devices that translates the different medium (DSL, cable, or fiber) into the medium (Cat 5 or Cat 6) used on your network. The router/firewall takes the data on the network and routes it to the different computers or switches. Routers and switches have different functions, but also some functions of the router and switches are the same. Many Level 3 switches provide some of the same functions as the router. Both routers and switches have to be used in the network still, but the crossover in functionality helps to increase the speed of the network. Switches and routers make up the backbone of your computer network.
Bandwidth is often misunderstood in the world of networking. Often we wonder why our networks are running slowly when your network is running a gigabit link to all of the servers and 100mb to the workstations. What is often not considered is your internet connections. Businesses may underestimate their bandwidth needs to the Internet, which leaves a bottleneck in your network usage.
Choosing the right Switch
Switches and routers are the start of all business communications, from data to voice and video to wireless access. They can enable your company to increase productivity, trim business expenses, and improve security and customer service.