Looking for ethernet switches?
It is impossible to connect multiple devices with just one router cable. Ethernet switches are used to establish such a connection. Ethernet switches are used to transmit your internet signal from the router via several internet cables. A single cable connects router and ethernet switch. The switch is subsequently connected to a patch panel or directly to a device.
Unmanaged switches offer several basic features, however, no configuration options. Simply plug it in and the switch does its job. An unmanaged switch is perfect for home use and smaller networks.
Managed switches offer several different functions and can be configured via a CLI (Command Line Interface). Most switches come with SFP-ports and usually are stackable. In most cases these managed switches feature a user-friendly web-based installation wizard, making the installation of your network fast and easy. A managed switch is ideal for bigger companies if full control is required.
With regard to functionality, smart managed switches are inbetweeners. They offer a greater functionality than unmanaged switches and a number of configurations can be accessed via a user-friendly and web-based installation wizard. However, in most cases these smart managed switches do not feature a Command Line Interface. Smart managed switches are recommended for small and medium-sized businesses.
Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that ensures that voltage and data are delivered within the network via a 100% copper network cable. This technology is often used to power network equipment such as VoIP telephones and IP camaras. PoE's network standard is IEEE802.3af and 2 of the 8 wires are used to power 15.4 watts.
PoE's successor is PoE+ with IEEE802.3at as network standard. In contrast to PoE, this standard uses 4 of the 8 wires to provide voltage. This allows more power to be delivered to the network equipment. PoE+ delivers a power output of approximately 30 watts.
If a limited number of network devices requires voltage supply from a switch, a Power over Ethernet injector offers a solution. The injector supports voltage up to 100 meters via a 100% copper network cable and can be installed at various locations.
A "Small Form factor pluggable" is a compact transceiver used for both tele- and data communication. An SFP (miniGBIC) usually supports a fibre-optic connection and converts it into a copper network within the switch.