Found 25th Aug 2010
Hi

I am after the above as a cheap as possible.

Also does anyone know the difference between managed and unmanged.

Thanks

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Yeah, in simple terms, a managed switch gives you ability to configure Switch usually via a web interface where all ports can be manged via one IP address.. Simila to logging into your router by tyoing your gateway IP address in IE. This gives you ability to assign IP to devices etc, has it own DHCP server built in / Firewall. full port management, ideal if connecting to multiple servers. No need for Router. In other words you can create a separate network away from your router assigning different IP address, gateways etc, maximising traffic throughput and gaining an increse in performance.

If you want to extend number of ethernet ports on your exisiting router then unmanaged switch ideal, security is a concern mind as if router/wireless compromised then entire network visible and accessible. In other words its just an extension box. Nothing more. Just like plugging in 4 way adaptor into exisiting one to create 3 more available plug sockets. Overload and poor performance.

It is entirely dependable on exactly what you are using it for. There is also a huge price difference between the 2 ad the netowrking protocols behind some managed switches can be very overwhelming to people with only basic knowledge
Edited by: "stefone" 26th Aug 2010

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stefone

Yeah, in simple terms, a managed switch gives you ability to configure … Yeah, in simple terms, a managed switch gives you ability to configure Switch usually via a web interface where all ports can be manged via one IP address.. Simila to logging into your router by tyoing your gateway IP address in IE. This gives you ability to assign IP to devices etc, has it own DHCP server built in / Firewall. full port management, ideal if connecting to multiple servers. No need for Router. In other words you can create a separate network away from your router assigning different IP address, gateways etc, maximising traffic throughput and gaining an increse in performance.If you want to extend number of ethernet ports on your exisiting router then unmanaged switch ideal, security is a concern mind as if router/wireless compromised then entire network visible and accessible. In other words its just an extension box. Nothing more. Just like plugging in 4 way adaptor into exisiting one to create 3 more available plug sockets. Overload and poor performance. It is entirely dependable on exactly what you are using it for. There is also a huge price difference between the 2 ad the netowrking protocols behind some managed switches can be very overwhelming to people with only basic knowledge



Thanks stefone, one other question i have, does my modem/router need to have a gigabit port in order to maximise the gigabit ports in the switch.

What I want to do is plug the switch into my router/modem and then plug everything in to the switch

No it doesnt need a gigabit switch just plug and play exactly how you explained.

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jamesss_

No it doesnt need a gigabit switch just plug and play exactly how you … No it doesnt need a gigabit switch just plug and play exactly how you explained.



dcx_badass

You will get a gigabit connection between the PC's on the switch … You will get a gigabit connection between the PC's on the switch (providing they support it), but if connecting to anything outside that on the normal router, so internet and possible other pcs, it will go down to standard 100.



Thanks both for the advice, does anyone know the best gigabit switch around in terms of price at the moment, probably after a 8 port one
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