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Ethernet Switches

Also known as a switching hub or network switch, an Ethernet switch serves as a bridge between a local area network and the devices connected to it. Ethernet switches receive and route data packets between networked devices. They recognize the physical (MAC) address of each connected component and only forward data to devices that request it.

Choosing Between Managed and Unmanaged Switches
There are different ways of classifying switching hubs, but the most common is to group them by the level of control they offer users. By this criteria, there are three types of switches: managed, unmanaged and smart. Unmanaged switches are the simplest kind. They are ready to use out of the box, require no programming and are not configurable. They are ideal for consumers, especially home users. Managed switches, on the other hand, are best for network engineers and businesses. They allow users to configure access, security and other features that provide control over the network. Smart or intelligent switches are intermediate devices between these two classes of switching hubs. They offer limited customizations and are suitable for those looking for some control over how their LAN (local area network) functions.

Features to Look for When Comparing Ethernet Switches
In addition to providing full control to users, managed network switches are ideal for running multiple bandwidth-intensive applications simultaneously and for those who want advanced network services such as VoIP, video conferencing and wireless LAN. Before picking up a switch, make sure it has enough Ethernet ports for devices that will connect to it. To connect multiple switches, get models with uplink ports. In addition to the number and type of ports, port speed is an important factor to consider when comparing switching hubs.

What Is the Difference Between an Ethernet Switch and a Router?
Although a router can function as a network switch, its primary purpose is to route data packets from one network to another. Therefore, it is a gateway device that sits at the intersection of two networks. In contrast, a switch connects to a network and moves packets across it from device to device.

Are Switches the Same as Hubs?
Network hubs and switches are different devices even though they play similar roles. A hub also moves packets across a network. However, unlike a network switch, it broadcasts these packets from all of its ports simultaneously. While this is okay if a single networked device is sending packets, performance and data speed degrade quickly as more devices access the hub. A switch, on the other hand, identifies each connected device by its MAC address and only sends the packets it requests.

What Is a Gigabit Ethernet Switch?
A Gigabit Ethernet switch is one with a top speed of 1000 Mbps, or 1 Gbps. Also known as a 10/100/1000 Mbps switch, it is 10 times faster than a 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch from the previous generation of networking devices.

Will a Switch Improve Your Network Performance?
Yes, a switch can improve the performance of a network. Compared to hubs, network switches improve network performance by optimizing packet routing. In addition, a Gigabit Ethernet switch can boost network performance by delivering faster network speeds. Additionally, a switch's QoS (Quality of Service) features can optimize network performance by prioritizing traffic for bandwidth-intensive devices such as VoIP phones.
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TP-LINK 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (TL-SG1005D)
Item : IM1DW2694 / Model : TL-SG1005D
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  • Network management type: Unmanaged
  • Ports: 5 ports
  • Port configuration: 5 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T
$22.79
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NETGEAR GS116E ProSafe Plus Unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switch, 16 Ports
Item : IM1TG6560 / Model : GS116E-200NAS
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  • 16 ports 10/100/1000Base-T gigabit ethernet
  • Address database size: 16K MAC address
  • Management: Unmanaged
$169.99
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Netgear GS748Tv5 ProSafe 48-Port Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Item : IM1TG8244 / Model : GS748T-500NAS
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  • Interfaces/ports: 48 x RJ-45, Gigabit Ethernet network, 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
  • Dimensions: 1.7"(H) x 17.3"(W) x 8"(D)
  • Form factor: 1U desktop, rack-mountable
$464.39
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Netgear® ProSafe® Plus GS105PE 5-Port Manageable Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Item : IM1VS3439 / Model : GS105PE-10000S
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  • Features 3 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 PoE port/interface for easy connectivity
  • Supports Twisted pair media for easy data transfer
  • Comes with bandwidth of 10 Gb/s for fast transmission
$85.59
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TP-LINK 24-Port Gigabit Desktop/Rackmount Switch (TL-SG1024D)
Item : IM1DW2697 / Model : TL-SG1024D
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  • Network management type: Unmanaged
  • Ports: 24 ports
  • Port configuration: 24 x RJ-45 - 10/100/1000Base-T
$99.99
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TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 8-Port 10/100M Desktop Switch with 4-Port PoE
Item : IM1KA4941 / Model : TL-SF1008P
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  • Network management type: Unmanaged
  • Ports: 8 ports
  • Port configuration: 8 x RJ-45 10/100Base-TX PoE
$49.99
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Linksys 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch - SE1500-NP
Item : 927000 / Model : SE1500-NP
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  • 5-port Ethernet switch
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports support rapid data transfer
  • Enables transfer rates up to 100 Mbps
$21.99
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TRENDnet® TPE-S44 8-Port 10/100Mbps PoE Switch
Item : IM1Q72860 / Model : TPE-S44
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  • PoE switch
  • Dimensions: 1.1"H x 3.7"W x 6.7"D
  • Interface/ports: 4 x 10/100 Mbps auto-MDIX PoE, 4 x 10/100 Mbps auto-MDIX Ethernet
$49.99
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D-Link® DES-105 5-Port 10/100 Fast Ethernet Unmanaged Switches
Item : 233446 / Model : DES-105
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  • 5-Port 10/100 Unmanaged switch
  • 2000 MAC Addresses
  • Switching fabric: 1 Gbps
$19.99
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D-Link 5-Port 10/100 Desktop Switch (DES-1005E)
Item : 891414 / Model : DES-1005E
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  • Inexpensive Fast Ethernet solution for home/SOHO
  • 5 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet ports
  • Auto MDI/MDIX crossover for all ports
$14.99
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TRENDnet® TEG-S5G 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch With GREENnet Technology
Item : IM1BV1564 / Model : TEG-S5G
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  • Features 5 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 network connection for easy data transfer
  • Has switch fabric of 10 Gb/s for efficient fabric
  • Works with 5 VDC at 2.5 A
$20.99
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TP-LINK 16-Port Gigabit Desktop/Rackmount Switch (TL-SG1016D)
Item : IM1DW2696 / Model : TL-SG1016D
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  • Network management type: Unmanaged
  • Ports: 16 ports
  • Port configuration: 16 x RJ-45 - 10/100/1000Base-T
$79.99
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D-Link® DES-1008PA 8-Port PoE UnManaged Fast Ethernet Switch
Item : IM1L09847 / Model : DES-1008PA
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  • Fast ethernet switch is perfect for both home and office users
  • Features 4 x 10/100Base-TX RJ45 network, 4 x 10/100Base-TX PoE RJ45 network port/interface for easy connectivity
  • Supports Twisted pair media for easy data transfer
$64.59
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TP-LINK TL-SF1008D 8-port 10/100Mbps Desktop Switch
Item : IM1DW2699 / Model : TL-SF1008D
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  • Auto MDI/MDIX eliminates the need for crossover cables
  • Interface: 8 x Network (RJ-45), 10/100Mbps ports, auto negotiation, auto MDI/MDIX
  • Dimensions: 0.9"(H) x 5.3"(W) x 3.1"(D)
$14.99
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TRENDNET TEG-S50G Gigabit GREENnet Switch, 5 Ports
Item : IM1Y79754 / Model : TEG-S50G
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  • Plug and Play installation
  • 5 x Gigabit ports
  • 10 Gbps switching fabric
$25.69
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TP-LINK 8-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch (TL-SG108E)
Item : IM1VQ9196 / Model : TL-SG108E
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  • Designed for small and medium business networks that require simple network management
  • Interfaces/ports: 8 x 1000Base-T 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 - RJ-45
  • Media type supported: twisted-pair, twisted-pair cable standard: Category 6, ethernet technology: Gigabit ethernet, network technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
$29.99 $39.99
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TP-LINK 5-Port 10/100/1000Mbps Desktop Switch (TL-SG105)
Item : 2123914 / Model : TL-SG105
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  • Support IEEE 802.3x flow control for Full Duplex mode and backpressure for Half Duplex mode
  • Support QoS (IEEE 802.1p)
  • Non-blocking switching architecture that forwards and filters packets at full wire-speed for maximum throughput
$19.99 $24.99
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Instant Savings: -$5.00
$19.99*
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NETGEAR JGS500 ProSafe Plus 16-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Item : IM1TG6562 / Model : JGS516PE-100NAS
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  • Address database size: 16K MAC address
  • Management: Unmanaged
  • Interfaces/ports: 8 x network (RJ-45), 8 x PoE (RJ-45)
$225.19
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Netgear GS724Tv4 24-Port ProSafe Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Item : IM1TG8243 / Model : GS724T-400NAS
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  • Interfaces/ports: 24 x RJ-45, Gigabit Ethernet network, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
  • Dimensions: 1.7"(H) x 17.3"(W) x 8"(D)
  • Form factor: 1U desktop, rack-mountable
$249.99
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D-Link DGS-1016D 16-Port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch
Item : 237259 / Model : DGS-1016D
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  • 16-Port 10/100/1000 Unmanaged switch
  • 8000 MAC Addresses
  • Switching fabric: 32 GBPS
$129.99
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D-Link 8-port Gigabit Desktop Switch (DGS-1008G)
Item : 891412 / Model : DGS-1008G
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  • Built-in D-Link Green Technology
  • Inexpensive Gigabit solution for Home/SOHO
  • 8 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit ports
$39.99
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NETGEAR ProSAFE Easy-Mount 8-port Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ Switch (GS408EPP)
Item : 2605150 / Model : GS408EPP-100NES
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  • Industry-first PoE+ Easy-Mount Switch for in-ceiling, wall, pole or desk mounting
  • 8-ports Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ switch (124W total PoE power)
  • Web Managed (Plus) Switch features including Port Trunking/Link Aggregation (manual LAGs) and per port PoE controls for remote power management of PoE-connected devices
$269.99
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Linksys 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch - SE3016
Item : 280393 / Model : SE3016
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  • 16-port Ethernet switch
  • Gigabit ports deliver exceptional speeds
  • Full-duplex IEEE 802.3x flow control
$149.99
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D-Link® Managed Ethernet Switch, 8 Ports (DGS-1100-08)
Item : IM1PF9840 / Model : DGS-1100-08
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  • 8 ports 10/100/1000Base-T Fast ethernet, Gigabit ethernet
  • Address database size: 8000 Mac addresses
  • Management: Managed switch
$45.49
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