Gigabit switches range from unmanaged switches that provide easy and affordable network connectivity in small offices and home/offices, to fully managed Layer 3 switches that operate as an edge switch or a LAN's backbone in large networks.
What is the difference between Gigabit Switches?
- Unmanaged Gigabit Switch
Offering basic switching functionality with plug-and-play configuration, unmanaged switches are ideal for a home or small and simple network.
- Smart Managed Gigabit Switch
Features entry level management to bridge the gap between an unmanaged switch and a Layer 2/3 managed switch at a much lower cost, making them ideal for small businesses.
- Layer 2 Managed Gigabit Switch
Offers best-in-class wire-speed performance and management control to identify bottlenecks or errors, optimise performance for data and voice, prioritise traffic and more.
- Layer 3 Managed Gigabit Switch
In general, a Layer 3 switch (routing switch) is primarily a switch (a Layer 2 device) that has been enhanced or taught some routing to deliver intelligent edge connectivity for essential business applications.
- PoE Gigabit Switch
Provides power to compatible PoE devices directly from the switch via the Ethernet cable, removing the need for a power supply local to the device. Commonly used for VoIP phones, WiFi Access Points, and IP cameras.