30. Mai 2023
Knowledge

Unmanaged Switch Buyer Guide

Selecting Unmanaged Switches for Industrial Networks

Buyers‘ guide

 

Ethernet switches are essential components of any network. They are used where additional ethernet ports are needed to connect devices.

When it comes to industrial usage, selecting the right products is even more critical. Industrial switches are intended to connect devices in harsh weather and environmental conditions. They must ensure a secure and reliable network during operation.

Usually, the customers are familiar with the speed, number, and type of ports that are required to use in their network. For this reason, we do not review these factors.

In this guideline, we will go over four critical criteria for selecting the right unmanaged switches that can be overlooked.

 

 

 

1. Reliability and Cost of Ownership

A reliable connection is a vital part of industrial networking and can justify the higher prices of these devices. It is better to take a long-term perspective when purchasing industrial ethernet switches for your network. These devices will be in place for years and will connect to sensitive equipment.  Here are some criteria to select reliable devices that can save costs and bring value to your network.

 

 

2. Durability and conformity

Industrial switches, by design, are more sophisticated than commercial ones and are prepared to resist harsh conditions. Below are some points that you can consider when selecting your device.

 

 

 

3. Data Transmission

The performance of a switch can enhance your network’s quality a lot. There are several factors that you can keep in mind before choosing your device.

 

 

4. Installation and maintenance

Network installation, because of the large number of available devices, can be complex. There are some considerations in this regard that can save energy and time in installing the switches.

 

Overall, choosing a suitable industrial unmanaged switch requires knowledge of your network. This includes the type of devices in the network and the environment in which the switch will be used. A reliable switch can improve network performance and reduce downtime. You should also be aware unmanaged switches offer few security features. If security is your priority it is recommended to use managed switches. Considering above mentioned factors will help you to select an efficient unmanaged switch. So before ordering your next switch take your time and evaluate all of them.

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