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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2002

    Managed Switch? Whats the difference?

    This may seem to be a really simple question, but I never known the specifics, and now its time for me to ask...

    What is the real difference between a "managed" switch and a regular switch? If it is different, what exactly does it offer?

    This should've probably been in the technical forum, but this isnt a "technical problem" with a switch...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    South Daytona, FL
    At the simplest level a managed switch allows you to control each of the ports. Turn them on and off, set the speed and duplex, setup VLANS,do QOS, do trunking and use SNMP to monitor its status. There are also Level2 and Level3 switches, the difference being how deep into the "packet" it looks before it decides what to do.
    Also bear in mind that even with unmanaged switches there is a huge difference in how "powerful" the switches are. By that I mean how much bandwidth can they really handle (backplane).
    With some of the highest level managed switches the line starts to blut between a router and a switch.
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