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    The solution offers great scalability. The most valuable feature is Catalyst's V-line configuration.
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    There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.
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  4. Cisco Nexus is a stable solution.The most valuable features are extensions and recorded scalability.
  5. The pricing is quite competitive.We don't mind the cost in general.
  6. Setup was easy. It only took a couple of hours to set up.Our vendors are great and they offer very good support services.
  7. Their support has been excellent, and it has been quite stable and easy to set up.It's easy to set up. We can put it in production in a couple of minutes.
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  9. The feature sets are pretty cool. They've got almost everything that the competition offers.QoS is the most valuable feature because our clients work with VOIP and Critical applications.
  10. The most valuable features are the lead time and the high quality of the product.It's very stable.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager
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May 18 2022

Why?

Ender Kefoglu - PeerSpot reviewer
Ender KefogluAll brands claim that their switches are; a) Wirespeed b) Non-blocking… more »
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Stephen Larcara
Sr. Toll Systems Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Apr 28 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 ArtesNo, i've been working it IT for 20 years and never seen a fire in a server room… more »
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May 30 2022
Hi peers, This is our new bi-weekly Community Spotlight that includes recent contributions (questions, articles and discussions) by the PeerSpot community members.  Articles Check the top products and solutions below (selected based on peer reviews) or contribute your own article! ...
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May 22 2022
PeerSpot’s crowdsourced user review platform helps technology decision-makers around the world to better connect with peers and other independent experts who provide advice without vendor bias. Our users have ranked these solutions according to their valuable features, and discuss which features...
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LAN Switching Topics

How do LAN switches work?

LAN switches connect all of the devices of a network over a small geographic area. They gather the data that is sent out by the connected devices. The switches also create temporary connections between devices that are attempting to send each other data. A LAN switch can employ one of three switching model types (delineated below) to determine whether the data in question should be passed along to its final destination. 

What are the three methods used for LAN switching?

The three methods used for LAN switching are:

  1. Store-and-forward switching. This method takes every ethernet frame data packet and runs a cyclic redundancy check. If a cyclic redundancy is detected, the data is denied access. If there is no error, the data packet is sent to its intended target device.

  2. Cut-through switching. This method only takes and checks the data’s intended MAC address. The first six bytes of the frame are what this network examines. This section of the frame is what helps the network decide whether or not it should forward the frame data packets.

  3. Fragment-free switching. Fragment-free switching works in a very similar way to cut-through switching. However, unlike the six bytes that the previous method looks at, fragment-free switching looks at a minimum of 64 bytes. 64 bytes is the minimum size that can make up an ethernet frame.

What are the two types of LAN switching technologies?

When it comes to LAN switching, users can choose from two different types of LAN switching technologies: wired or wireless. When users employ wired LAN technologies, they make use of Ethernet cables, hubs, and switches. These wires, hubs, and switches create a physical infrastructure. Wireless LAN technology uses things such as microwave transmissions, radio waves, and the infrared portion of the light spectrum to convey data to the appropriate devices. These network technologies can be incorporated into larger networks.

What is switched LAN architecture?

Switched LAN architecture is the structure used to construct and describe the organization of the primary components of LAN networks. This structure is typically divided into 3 tiers. The lowest level is known as the “access” layer. This outermost layer connects directly to the devices being used by the network’s end users. It is in this layer that data is first gathered. The second layer is the “distribution” layer. This level takes the data from the “access “ layer and arranges it into categories. It is this layer that manages the traffic that is going on in the level below it. The servers of this level are more powerful than those of the “access” layer. The highest level is the “core” layer. This highest level is where the management of the network’s high-speed switching takes place. The servers that make up this level are the most powerful in the network.

LAN Switching Benefits

Companies and organizations can enjoy the following benefits if they choose to employ LAN switches:

  • Improve bandwidth performance: Users connected to the network will experience very little to no lag when they are performing activities that usually require a lot of bandwidth, such as using multimedia applications.
  • Increased network scalability: LAN switches give users the ability to increase the scale of their network operations should their business needs call for network growth. Higher levels of bandwidth mean that a user’s system can handle a larger load of network traffic.
  • Reduce the possibility of total network failure. When a network is overloaded and there are not enough resources to handle the traffic, the possibility of network failure is high. The strain on the network can slow it down significantly or even crash the entire network. When a network employs LAN switches, there are very few opportunities for network failures to take place.
  • Data packet transmission speeds increase: LAN can help users segment their networks into many sub-networks. These sub-networks each require far less bandwidth than is required by the network as a whole. Each sub-network also handles its own load. The lower bandwidth requirements and reduced network congestion will impact the performance of the data packets that enable network access. They will travel more quickly and efficiently. This makes it easier for users to access the portion of the network that they need. The lower requirements mean that users will have quicker access than they might have otherwise.
  • Parallel connectivity: Devices that connect through switch ports can send out various bits of data at the same without slowing down the network. Users who are working in collaboration, or even one user who is working on their own, can accomplish a lot more work in a quicker and more efficient manner. This ability is unique to devices that are connected through LAN switches. Traditionally-built networks cannot take advantage of parallel connectivity.
  • Deploy and control secure VLANs. VLANs have a couple of potential uses. These virtual networks can keep users connected when changes are being made to the physical network. They require no reconfiguration whatsoever. Once they are set up, users do not have to take further steps to continue working on their projects. Additionally, users can create small VLANs so that groups that are working on similar projects can work securely on their own private networks.
LAN Switching Features

Features you should look for in LAN switches include:

  • PoE ports reduce the need and cost of power supplies, circuits, and cables in addition to those that are already in use.

  • Software defined networking architecture and a network functions virtualization solution that virtualize and then centralize critical network functions.

  • Quality of service support so that specific types of network traffic are granted priority over other types.

  • A virtual chassis to enable users to expand their resource availability.

  • Embedded security capabilities to guard against bad actors and digital threats.

  • Ability to work with other types of devices to meet changing business needs.

  • A single point of management that can be used to simply manage the whole network.

  • Network redundancy capabilities to stave off network failure.
Buyer's Guide
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