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Network Switches Let Your Office Get Online

Get more done with a reliable network switch. These clever devices help you to increase your network capacity, and some offer extra security, firewalls and seriously useful network management features.

Get Plenty of Ports for Easy Connectivity

Each port on a network switch can connect a single device, so a switch with plenty of ports can connect multiple printers, servers and other devices. You want a switch that has enough ports for your immediate needs and can expand to meet those needs in the next few years. However, some network switches have ports that offer power over Ethernet, which let you power certain devices, such as cameras, without the hassle of extra power cables.

Firewalls, Network Security and Network Management

An unmanaged switch is a box that connects up all your devices using a few clever protocols so they can talk to each other, but it doesn't offer much beyond that; however, it is cheaper, and your business may be able to make use of an unmanaged switch. On the other hand, managed switches help you keep out pesky intruders by adding layers of security that identify odd use patterns and block malicious attacks. In addition, many offer network prioritization so that you can basically stop people from abusing your network from the inside, and you can ensure that vital data gets through while Facebook users get heavily restricted. Some even let your employees work from home and access data on the fly through virtual private networking. Look for switches with user access control so that you can ensure that specific employees get access to sensitive parts of your network without exposing that data to everyone, and you can allow guests onto their own dedicated network if the switch has guest access protocols; this is ideal if you're a hotel or see a lot of guests move through the business.

Wi-Fi Support for Convenient Access

Wi-Fi is no longer optional for many businesses, as it lets you move around, and you don't have to have an office printer right by your desk because there's no other available access point cable to connect it to the network. Many businesses use access points that connect directly to a network switch to provide Wi-Fi access, but some switches offer Wi-Fi directly, which means that you don't have to mess around with running even more cables throughout your business. Look for 802.11n and 802.11ac protocols for ultra-fast access. Wireless N, as the former is often known as, typically maxes out at about 600 Mbps, and wireless AC can potentially hit speeds up to 10 times faster. This keeps your data moving swiftly even when your co-workers want to transfer large files.

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