Techniques to Install Network Switch
What is a network switch? What are the techniques to install a network switch?
A network switch is a networking component that allows the sharing of multiple networks or computers within the same connection. It can be used for connecting two or more computers or networks together. Unlike hubs and repeaters, network switches are intelligent devices that are equipped with processors. These processors inside the network switch process the data traffic and route the packets in the right direction. Switches that can handle data communication in a rate of 10/100 Mbit/s or 10/100/1000 Mbit/s are available in the market. Multiple network switches with different transfer speeds can also be used on the same network. It manages the data traffic by routing the packets to the correct destination and by avoiding most of the possible congestions. It can be used for connecting external devices to the networks and can be used for sharing the resources over the entire network.
Discussed below are some points that can help the users to know more about network switch and also provide the steps for installing a network switch:
- Benefits of Network Switch
- Different Types
- Installing a Network Switch
Benefits of Network Switch
Network switch is a component that helps in connecting multiple computers or networks with the same data connection. It can be used for connecting external devices and sharing a resource over an entire network. A main advantage of network switch is that it can share the resources and services to more than one computer without reducing the performance.
Different types of network switches are now available in the market. They generally fall into four different categories - unmanaged, managed, smart, and enterprise managed switches. Unmanaged switch comes with basic options and are mainly used in small office purposes. Managed switch comes with a user interface that can be used for adjusting the settings. Smart switches lie in the middle of managed and unmanaged switches that have a user interface which is set with default settings. Enterprise managed switches come with vast settings and are used in large enterprises.
The following steps will help you to install a network switch. First of all provide the power to the switch. Connect the network cable to any slot of the network switch. Use a Cat5 or Cat6 cable and connect a computer to any other slot in the network switch. Repeat the process until all of the computers are connected or every slot of the switch is occupied. Your network switch has been installed to use with the connected computers.
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