Tips to set-up a network using a switch
What is a network switch? Learn about the method to set-up a network using a switch
A network switch is a networking device that allows the users to share multiple networks or computers on the same connection. Network switches are equipped with processors and so they are not dumb like hubs or repeaters. They have the ability to process data traffic and route the packets in the right direction. They can handle data communication in a transfer rate of 10/100 Mbit/s or 10/100/1000 Mbit/s. Multiple network switches with different operating speeds can also be used on the same network. A network switch is a mandatory device while configuring a network. It manages the data traffic within the network and avoids most of the possible congestions. It can be used for connecting external devices to the networks and can be shared the resources over the entire network.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about network switch and also provide the guidelines for setting up a network using switch:
- Network switch
- Types of network switch
- Methods to set-up
Network switch is a component that helps in connecting multiple computers or networks to a same data connection. Network switch can be used for connecting external devices and sharing a resource that helps the users to minimize much of the costs. A main advantage of network switch is that it allows sharing of resources and services without reducing the performance.
Types of network switch
Network switches generally fall under four different categories and they are 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 lies 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.
To set-up a network using switch, first of all connect the switch to the outlet power. Insert the set-up CD of switch into the computer and install it by following the instructions. Connect the switch to the modem using an Ethernet cable. Use another Ethernet cable and connect the switch with the computer. Open the ‘Start’ menu in the computer and open ‘Control Panel’. Now open 'Network and Sharing Center' and click on the link 'Connect to a Network'. Click on the radio button near 'Wired Network' and click ‘Next’ button. Locate the network switch and click ‘Connect’. Connect other computers to the switch using individual Ethernet cables. Repeat the above processes on each of the computers.
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