Ethernet Switches And The Changing Face Of Networking

By: Courtney Hamby on March 18th, 2014

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Ethernet Switches And The Changing Face Of Networking

ethernet  |  Ethernet Switch  |  Gigabit  |  Industrial  |  hubs

A computer network is referred to an interconnected group of computers, software and other hardware devices that share data and resources. Ethernet Switches play a crucial role in connecting the hardware and network segments with each other. Typically, they aid in monitoring and diagnosing the error in a network in an extremely efficient manner.

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Understanding Ethernet Switches

Ethernet Switches are used to enhance the features of a Local Area Network (LAN). These switches are hardware points that find data packets and send them to the right destination from the source. In this way, they consume less bandwidth and increase the efficiency of the LAN connection.


Gigabit Ethernet Switch

The most valuable version of an Ethernet Switch is the Gigabit Ethernet Switch. Gigabit Ethernet uses the Ethernet connection to increase the speed of transfer.


8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Mostly used in Industrial Local Area Network, A simple 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch eliminates the requirement of several ports for a home network. An 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet switch is comparatively cheaper and can connect numerous devices with continuous access to the internet.


Such Gigabit Ethernet switches offer great connectivity with speed up to 10 times quicker than the classic Ethernet, thus enabling faster transfer of big data files. Such switches are extremely easy to install and configure.


In addition to these switches, today, a lot of companies manufacture fanless switches that help in reducing the noise level greatly. In addition to fanless switches, there are various other versions available that uphold speed of 10/100/1000 gigabit speed on every port.


Industrial Ethernet Switch

In an industrial environment, an Industrial Ethernet Switch must endure extreme temperature fluctuations, humidity as well as extremely high vibrations. The advantage of such Ethernet Switches over Commercial Switches is the redundancy of power inputs. Commercial Switches rely on a single power supply to power the switch, while an Industrial Ethernet switch runs from DC power and has a redundant power supply.


Difference Between Ethernet Switches And Hubs

A hub is a simple device that connects various Ethernet nodes. Hub generally forward data packets it receives from a single workstation to all the ports in the network. All users connected to a single hub or interconnected hubs share the same network. Thus the main difference between an Ethernet Switch and a hub is that a hub cannot send a packet until the network traffic for preceding packet clears.


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