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How To Use Networking Switches


A network is a combination of several entities of the same type. Based on the same description, a network of switches constitutes several switches interconnected to form a single unit. On the overall network switches are useful for connecting computers, printers and servers within a particular building or campus. In this case a switch serves as a controller which enables the networked devices to communicate with each other efficiently. By enabling the connected devices to communicate with each other, switches save businesses and increase the productivity of the employees. This also results in resourceful information sharing and efficient allocation of work.

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1. Managed and unmanaged networking switches

Network switchescan be categorized into managed and unmanaged switches. A network switch which is unmanaged if it is not designed to be configured; as such there is no need to worry about installing or setting it up correctly. Unmanaged network switches have less network capacity than managed switches. For this reason they have found wide usage in home networking equipment. On the other hand, managed network switch is a switch that is configurable. Unlike the unmanaged switches, managed switches require a careful and correct installation. In addition, a managed switch offers greater flexibility and capacity than a corresponding unmanaged network switch. It is also possible to adjust a managed switch either locally or remotely so as to reap greater network control.

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2. Using a Networking switch as a telecommunications device

Basically a switch is a telecommunication device that receives a message from any device connected to it and transmits the message to the device for which the message was intended. A switch can find usage in Ethernet local area networks.Network switches operate at layer two of the OSI Model. Three applications of the circuit will be considered in the coming subheadings.

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3. Home network set up of networking switches

By using networking switches it is possible to set up a home network as described below. The number of computers that can be part of your network is entirely up to you. You have to determine this before you can think of setting up any home network.

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4. Consider these factors as well

Other factors to consider are; whether you have any mobile computers at home, the operating system running on your mobile computers and the type of internet service that is present at your home. This can help you to come up with your own personal preferences concerning the network of your choice.

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5. Commercial use of networking switches

Some switches are intended for commercial use.Networking Switches of this type can also find use in built in modular interfaces where they make it possible to connect different types of networks. This connectivity occurs at any of the two switch operational layers of the OSI Model. When a switch functions at layer 2 of the OSI Model, its functionality is necessary for band width shifting within one technology.

Other uses of networking switches

In other cases, networking switches is useful for creating a mirror image of data that can be channeled to an external device. At any layer a modern switch implements power over Ethernet which phases out the need for attached devices. Networking Switches can enable an attached working deviceto continue functioning even when power fails because they have redundant power circuits.

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By Bob Meadow, published at 03/29/2012
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