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Advantages of managed switch vs unmanage

By hitchcock4 ·
Can someone explain for me some of the major advantages of managed switch versus unmanaged switches?


Our company, which is about 100 people, runs a network that is entirely Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Since a number of our Dell servers have Gigabit cards, we will buy some gigabyte switches.

Is there an advantage to using managed in our situation?

We are currently working all on 1 subnet (with a 24-bit netmask) and may eventually move to 2 subnets.

Thanks!!

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by jschein In reply to Advantages of managed swi ...

Managed switch... Web interface to browse, monitor and save logs, Real-time live status of all lines and connections...

Unmanaged... None of the above, but works.

Cost and effectiveness for such a small size, unmanaged are just fine.

When you expland to gigabit switches... Then would be a good time for managed switches. More toys than just those noted above.

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by hitchcock4 In reply to

Thanks for both answers. I think that we do not need most of these features now. And when I can get a Linksys 24-port unmanaged gigabit switch for less than $1000 at CDW, the price sounds good to me.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Advantages of managed swi ...

A managed switch is an absolute must for consistent VoIP telephony. It will not allow your line to drop below a predetermined bandwidth setting and will starve Internet Users while VoIP calls are placed if needed. It will offer network priority.

Some sofware based IP Telephony won't rely on managed switching and simply emulates a Virtual Network Connection, whereas a proprietary switch won't even install unless a Virtual Network into a managed switch is in place.

Many managed switches offer integrated POTS and ISDN splitters to distribute fixed bandwidth to telephony aplications.

In a nutshell, it is guaranteed bandwidth without fluctuations due to multple logins etc.


A lot of people people feel that managed switching is basically a newtork protocol used for high speed cards but actually it was designed for VoIP telephony and distributed or guaranteed bandwidth as that is a requirement of even the most simplistic POTS lines.

One day, network protocols and switching wil match that of our old time teleohone network, I don't think many people realize how managed the tlepphone network bandwidth is and are confused why low end telephony systems don't provide the throughput of a POTS system (Plain Old Telephone System).

This is yet another reason why the telephone manufacturers offer much better VoIP sustems than computer hardware/software providers such as Cicso or 3-Com, they understand teleophone netwroks are FAR more complex than a computer network and have high requirements to installing thier VoIP switches, whereas others will just sell you software and at best a router, but they just don't stack up.

If your not planning on any VoIP, Video Conferencing etc. don't worry about them, it's just a beat the Jonses toy that many networks deploy inneccessarily, much to the vendors delight.

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by hitchcock4 In reply to

Thanks for both answers. I think that we do not need most of these features now. And when I can get a Linksys 24-port unmanaged gigabit switch for less than $1000 at CDW, the price sounds good to me.

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