Routers and SwitchesWe have all the big guns in the router and switches arena
A Router is a hardware device that routes data (hence the name) from a Local Area Network (LAN) to another network connection.
A router acts like a coin-sorting machine, allowing only authorized machines to connect to other computer systems. Most routers also keep log files about the local network activity.
- Number of Ports: 2/4/8
- Speed: 1-10 Mbps (wireless) 100 Mbps (wired)
- Security Encryption
- Filtering (by MAC Address)
- Port Forwarding
- Quality of Service (QoS)
- Guest Access
A network switch is a small hardware device that centralizes communications among multiple connected devices within one Local Area Network (LAN).
It is capable of inspecting incoming messages that it receives and direct them to a specific communications port. A switch determines the source and destination addresses of each packet, and forwards data only to the specific devices intended to conserve network bandwidth and generally improve performance.
- Port Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps
- Port Density: 16/24/48
- Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- Link Aggregation