There are several ways on how computers could be connected to the internet. You could use modulator-demodulators (commonly referred to as modems). You could also access the web through the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) way if you prefer being connected anytime, anywhere. You could also use a network switch or a switching hub. This type of connection is most used on internet cafes as it allows multiple computers to be connected to a single local area network (LAN) on the place.
If you want to know more about hubs and the four types of switches, here are some things that you need to keep in mind.
- Unmanaged Type of Switch
This is the most affordable among the types of switches. It has no configuration options or interface which makes them a plug and play device. Unmanaged switches could be mounted on a desktop or on a rack. If it is placed on the former, it is intended to be outside a wiring closet. It is placed on the latter, it has an equipment rack, a standard closure or frame created for multiple equipment modules.
It is often used in two types of offices: home-based or small ones.
- Managed type of switches
It is far more expensive and sophisticated than the first type of switch. Usually, it has more than one methods to have its operation be modified. Such methods range from serial console to an application based on the internet.
Among the type of alteration methods, one of the most famous one would be a command-line interface. This is a method wherein you type the command in a software of program then the computer will run the codes for you. You could do this using a serial console, secure shell, or a telnet.
Another famous method would be a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) that is embedded on the switch. This managing agent would allow a remote console to do changes on the station.
Lastly, you could use a web interface from a browser for management.
- Smart Switches
Generally, this falls under the managed type of switches but since it is being marketed individually, it had gained a reputation of its own. Smart switches have limitations in terms of management features; hence, being a hybrid between unmanaged and fully managed switches. Its price falls between the prices of the two, too.
Like a fully managed switch, it could configure and manipulate the basic settings of the hubs such as VLANs, duplex, and port-bandwidth.
The user interface is web-based and any adjustments to it would then automatically result to adjustments of other related settings; hence, the name smart switches.
- Enterprise-Managed Switches
Compared to a smart switch, this is more flexible and therefore, more expensive. It has the ability to display configurations as well as creating a back-up and a modification for such. It is found in big companies as its centralized management is a great help in administrative implementation and maintenance.
Know and get your own switch now.