Understanding Network Switches
There is a certain form of networking hardware that you must use in order to connect your computer so that data can be received which is called a network switch. Whether you are using MAC addresses for the purpose of forwarding information, or a standard OSI model, your network switch can serve as a bridge with multiple networks.
Why select Aruba Network Switches?
Our range HPE & Aruba Network Switches is Created to simplify network management and enhance the performance within a local environment such as hostels, sports fields, farms, warehouses, factories, offices or gaming tournaments. Whether you need an unmanaged network switch that creates a network in plug and plays style or a managed network switch for a professional & highly demanding business network, We Have It!!!
About Our Switch & Network Installations
Trusco PLC team of Network Experts has helped dozens of companies to deploy various switches and cloud-based working environments around the UK with faster time-to-market and lower development costs based on HPE and Aruba, unmatched service quality and long-term support.
Our Tips for Picking the right Network Switch
Plan your network
Aruba Instant On series is designed to support different Small Business Networks and they work perfectly if your need is inside declared capacity.
HPE Series of Switches are business-grade devices that can handle various environments but with a higher price range.
So crucially important is to plan your needs and build a network that is cost-effective and reliable.
Plan future growth of network needs
When Investing in a network you should predict the growth of the needs of the network over time. A reliable network should scale as usage is growing. Increasing needs for smart home automation, surveillance needs, video conferences, hybrid home office work are just some of the new requirements for almost any network.
Create backup solutions
A reliable network needs to have backup solutions in case of unplanned events.
Types of Aruba Network Switches?
Depending upon the application that you are going to use the network switch for, you must consider the different applications that are out there. Some of these will include:
Stackable Network Switch
Perhaps you are thinking of setting up a standalone hub at your office or perhaps stacking multiple switches together, all of this will require you to consider connectivity options that will work with either system. For example, if you are going to create a stackable version, you must decide on using either a complex or a single large switch that can be combined with multiple ports, regardless of how all of these are connected together.
Unmanaged Network Switch
There are several functions that you need to also consider when working with multiple ethernet ports when you are doing your basic setup. When you are using unmanaged switches, you will not have to provide any additional input, especially when using ethernet cables, because the LAN switches for your plug-and-play will work perfectly through this unmanaged network.
Managed Network Switch
Anyone that needs the most functionality and control will need to install these switches. They tend to have an interface, such as a built-in dashboard, to manage all of the network switches through a browser that is connected. When this is operational, admin level users can be set up, and they can do various tasks including changing aspects of the network, as well as monitoring the entire system when traffic begins to finally flow through it.
PoE Network Switch
Transferring information through RJ45 cables will be part of this setup, and it will allow you to disseminate power and data at the same time. This gives you a lot more flexibility, plus the setup time is going to be much faster, plus all of your excess cabling problems will diminish and your ability to scale the entire system will become much more reliable.
Aruba Network Switch Port - How Many Will You Need?
For the most convenience, you need to consider which network switch ports will provide you with the highest level of performance which will involve considering these factors:
- The number of devices that will be directly wired into the systems, plus additional ones you may want to add later on
- How much the entire network switch system will cost
- Deciding on unmanaged or managed switches
- Will you need the more advanced PoE models for your existing system, or perhaps future systems
- Consider the router and bandwidth limitations that you have, and what you are willing to support, and if you want to upgrade at a later point in time
There are many popular choices for businesses, large and small, which will include using up to eight ports for your network switches. If you are designing a very complex enterprise or a server network, you may need 64-port PoE switches which are far more capable when compared to standard network switches.