|Purchasing the Correct Ethernet Switch
A common problem I am seeing lately is the purchase of inadequate and inexpensive Ethernet switches. It is a purchase where considering features and quality, not just price, is paramount.
The purpose of a switch is to pass data traffic through quickly and reliably. An Ethernet switch connects multiple computers within the same network, managing the traffic between them.
There are 2 basic types of Ethernet switches: Core Switches used for fast and large volumes of traffic, and Edge Switches used to connect individual users. There are 2 important questions that need to be answered before purchasing a switch.
Consider the features of a switch and not just the price. Such features include:
When purchasing a new Ethernet switch you should be paying around $20.00 per port for Non-PoE and around $40.00 per port for PoE. Pay less and you may be jeopardizing your business operations. If price is of concern, purchasing a quality used CISCO, HP Procurve, ADTRAN or Brocade over a less expensive brand of switch is advisable.
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