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A Quick Guide to Enterprise Network Switches

If you manage a network for a business, you know how critical it is to have quality components and a way to connect them all together. eBay offers a wide selection of enterprise network switches to connect all the elements of your network together and make it easy for you to manage. With a quality switch, the network you manage can run efficiently to get to spend more time on other areas of your business.

What types of enterprise network switches are available?

eBay offers a wide selection of enterprise network switches for various types of network configurations. Whether you need 4 or 48 LAN ports, you'll find what you need on eBay. They have switches from reputable brands like Cisco, Dell, D-Link, Hewlett Packard, Linksys, NETGEAR, TP-LINK, Ubiquiti Networks, and more. There are switches for fast or gigabit Ethernet, unmanaged, and partially managed and fully managed networks. You can find an enterprise network switch specifically for your network on eBay.

How do network switches work?

Network switches are a key component in any business's network because they connect many elements, including access points, multiple PCs, printers, lights, servers, and other hardware. The network switches enable you to receive and send information and to access any shared resources in an efficient, highly secure, transparent manner.

What features do you need in an enterprise network switch?

When it comes to features you should consider when seeking a network switch for your network, below are some key features you need to consider:

  • Speed: Speed is vital for any network. With needs like video conferencing, speed is essential. As wireless speeds continue to climb, speed helps with WLAN access points for computers and printers.
  • Density: Lots of ports with high port densities and low baseline power pulls are crucial and ideal for today's networking. With a growing number of mobile devices and the continuing shift to laptops on Wi-Fi, density is essential to continue with the growing trend of a wireless lifestyle.
  • Power over Ethernet: Aside from port density, IT also needs to evaluate the power going to network links for VoIP phones, WLAN APs, and other remote networked devices. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is vital when you have many edge enterprise network switches. Since a PoE might use 5-20 times as much power when providing for PoE devices, IT needs to ensure that cooling measures, and any wiring closet power circuits are in top shape.
  • SDN: Software-defined networking remains the biggest tech transition for many networks, but it's crucial and should support VXLAN and NVGRE for increased network virtualization without OpenFlow and NetConf for a remote management API to allow automation without an SDN controller.
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