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Top 8 Ethernet Switches

Cisco Ethernet SwitchesMikroTik Routers and SwitchesAruba SwitchesUbiquiti UniFi SwitchesMeraki MS SwitchesNETGEAR SwitchesJuniper Ethernet SwitchesFortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access
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    The solution is a high-end router that can handle a huge network with tons of traffic.The most valuable feature of Cisco Ethernet Switches is their capacity.
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    I've never had any issues with the solution.It has a lot of features. I haven't explored them all yet.
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    It is very easy to set up. The initial setup is quite easy.
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    UniFi Switches' best feature is the ability to switch voltage from 24 to 48, and it's almost the only device on the market with this feature.The most valuable feature of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is the graphic user interface for monitoring, where you can see the status of the device in real-time. I use those features across the campus. I use the APs as my beacons to tell me whether the area of the school of the network is down or not. Those will be the first to alert me that there is a problem with the network or a device. They provide me with more than only monitoring themselves, I use them in order to monitor all the devices.
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    The initial setup is easy.The most valuable features are the cloud and throughput visibility, the ease of configuration, and being able to implement them into our umbrella DNS solution.
  7. Comes preconfigured and designed specifically for AV.This is a cost-effective solution.
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  9. Juniper Ethernet Switches' best features are the high packer sorting and throughput, good uplink port capacity, and virtual setup.It is stable.
  10. I like that everything flows back to FortiGate, which is the controller, management console, and firewall. There's one central point for the entire network, so the security, switching, wireless, etc., flows back to the FortiGate. The ease of management is what customers like. They don't need separate solutions like Cisco.

Advice From The Community

Read answers to top Ethernet Switches questions. 633,572 professionals have gotten help from our community of experts.
Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
May 30 2022

Hi peers,

What sort of network would benefit from switch stacking? Are there any drawbacks to taking this approach? 

What would be an alternative to stack switches?

Ender Kefoglu - PeerSpot reviewer
Ender KefogluThere are two ways of connecting multiple switches together: a) Cascade: You… more »
5 Answers
Eric Biller - PeerSpot reviewer
Eric Biller
Network Systems Administrator at SCBDD
Hello,  We are redoing Wi-Fi and the related Ethernet switches to support it. We're moving from Cisco environment and considering Aruba 515, w/CX6400 Cisco Meraki or possibly an on-prem Wi-Fi controller, Arista Mojo, or Extreme Networks ExtremeCloud IQ. Any suggestions? 
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Aws Al-Dabbagh - PeerSpot reviewer
Aws Al-DabbaghI suggest Aruba. We've considered the same upgrade (APs + Switches) and I've… more »
5 Answers
Mesfin Workneh - PeerSpot reviewer
Mesfin Workneh
User at Ministry of Finance

Hi, 

Until now, I have been using a Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch. But now I'm considering changing it to a D-Link one. 

Would you recommend me doing this change? If so, why?

Thank you!

Luis Apodaca - PeerSpot reviewer
Luis ApodacaHello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good… more »
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Stephen Larcara - PeerSpot reviewer
Stephen Larcara
Sr. Toll Systems Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Aug 18 2022
I am trying to determine if we need to specify and justify the cost for FM200 fire suppression. Client has about 24 sites each with a computer equipment room containing anywhere from 3 to 5 racks with 3-4 Dell and HP servers, CIsco network switches, patch panels, UPS and batteries. Many of these...
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Richard Artes - PeerSpot reviewer
Richard ArtesNo, i've been working it IT for 20 years and never seen a fire in a server room… more »
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Sandeep Pandit - PeerSpot reviewer
Sandeep Pandit
Heading IT at Hero steels Ltd
Aug 16 2022

Hi community,

What are your recommended Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches (apart from the Cisco ones)? My main consideration is performance.

Thanks.

Cesar Reza - PeerSpot reviewer
Cesar RezaIt depends on your budget, but here is a list: -Extreme -Ruckus -Aruba… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

What are port forwarding and port triggering typically used for?

Michael  J. Carter - PeerSpot reviewer
Michael J. CarterPort forwarding alone requires your main computer to have greater security… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Managed switches allow a much higher degree of control over one's network. However, they are obviously more expensive and need a professional who understands how to configure them. What criteria need to be considered when a business is deciding between managed versus unmanaged switches, and what ...
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reviewer1122879 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer1122879Who has the best skillset on hand today in the future to manage the devices… more »
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Ethernet Switches Articles

Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 21 2022
We’re launching an annual User’s Choice Award to showcase the most popular B2B enterprise technology products and we want your vote! If there’s a technology solution that’s really impressed you, here’s an opportunity to recognize that. It’s easy: go to the PeerSpot voting site, complete the brie...
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Evgeny Belenky
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May 02 2022
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Apr 04 2022
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Hi community members, Here is our new Community Spotlight for YOU. We publish it to help you catch up on recent contributions by community members. Do you find it useful? Please comment below! Trending Top HCI in 2022 What are the main differences between XDR and SIEM? Articles Top ...
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Netanya Carmi
Content Manager
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Ethernet switches connect computers and laptops to a local area network (LAN). Organizations can connect several switches to boost the ethernet’s capacity. We asked PeerSpot users what they consider to be most valuable when looking for an ethernet switch. Some of the answers included: comp...
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Ethernet Switches Topics

How does an Ethernet switch work?

Ethernet switches ensure data packages arrive at their intended destination by connecting devices on a network. Regular network switches include ports up to 28 devices, while corporate Ethernet switches can offer 128 connections.

Network hubs use switches to expand the bandwidth capacity users can share on the network. Large networks may include a number of switches connecting several groups of computer systems together. To build a business network, you need switches to bridge between devices. The switches connect to a router, which enables an Internet connection for the devices.

Some of the activities Ethernet switches can do include:

  • Receiving packets: The switch works at the data level. Connected devices create data packets that are housed in an Ethernet frame. Frames are sequences of information that Ethernet networks move between computers. Typically, a frame includes the source address - the origin of the frame - and the destination address, where the data should go.
  • Processing identifying data: When the switch receives the frame, it reads the identifying information (such as origin and destination) and decides which ports to use so that the data will reach its destination.
  • Sending packets: Once the switch decodes where to forward the packet, it sends it to the destination device. The destination device then receives and decodes the packet.

Ethernet switches provide flexibility for non-wireless networks by connecting a large number of devices to a network. This enables network administrators to monitor traffic and to manage user access. It also allows for communication between devices.

What's the difference between an Ethernet splitter and a switch?

Ethernet splitting is when you split an Ethernet cable into several cables. A splitter is a small plug device with three Ethernet ports, two on one side and one on the other. While they are cheap and this seems like a simple solution, they “divide” the data throughput, reducing it with each split. This will likely affect the performance of your connected devices. A maximum of two devices can be connected per cable.

Ethernet switches are a better option for anything bigger than a home network. You use one port to connect the switch to the router via Ethernet, and then you connect the devices to the remaining ports, like a hub. Even better, the switch decodes the data received, learns where it has to go, and sends it through the right port. Since the switch enables the sending and receiving of data at the same time between devices, it results in a faster network.

Do Ethernet switches reduce speed?

Usually, the opposite is true. Ethernet switches connect different devices to the network and between themselves, enabling them to send and receive data at the same time. This increases the response speed.

There can be cases, however, where you may risk slowing your network. For instance, if the group of machines communicates mostly with each other, there shouldn’t be any problems with performance. But if 100% of the traffic goes to another switch, your uplink speed can be significantly reduced.

Features of Ethernet Switches

When choosing an Ethernet switch, you should look for these must-have features:

  • Speed: Speed requirements are growing exponentially. Switches are available in several configurations: Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps), Ten Gigabit (10/100/1000/10,000Mbps).
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): This feature enables the switch to transmit power and data through the Ethernet cable at the same time. Thus, you don’t need a separate power supply or cable, which reduces costs.
  • Stackable switches: Scalability needs make this feature very important for business networks when there is a need for connecting multiple devices. Stackable switch technology simplifies the availability of the network by treating all switches as single logical devices.

In addition to basic features like receiving, inspecting, and sending packets through the right port, some Ethernet switches also include some of these popular additional features:

  • Storing and forwarding switches: The Ethernet switch reads the data packet incoming through a port. The switch then checks the frame for errors and lets it pass only if it is error-free.
  • Port mirroring: This feature provides a copy of the data from one of the ports of a switch to another port. You can configure the mirrored and mirror port of the switch.
  • Auto-sensing: The switch automatically identifies the transmission rate of a signal.
  • Auto-negotiation: This allows devices to negotiate and agree upon a transmission rate before the first data transmission.
Benefits of Ethernet Switches

Ethernet switches help organizations maximize the efficiency of the available cable. Here are some of the benefits of adding Ethernet switches:

  1. Reliable connectivity - Switched Ethernet (aka managed switches) helps reduce network downtime by reducing latency. Additionally, since managed switches can be customized, organizations can diversify the cable route or add more switches in order to maximize reliability.

  1. Enhanced security - Data breaches are becoming more and more prevalent, so keeping your network secure is critical. Managed Ethernet switches control the information going through a network. This allows only the necessary information to pass through, after verifying that it is coming from a trusted device.

  1. Scalability - Switches are easy to scale up, and therefore are an attractive solution for organizations that are growing quickly. Ethernet switches allow for private switching over public networks so they can adjust to future growth.

  1. Application agnostic - Most managed Ethernet switches are application agnostic. This means organizations can integrate the applications needed to run their business, such as cloud-based services, file sharing, or bookkeeping.

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