Switches create a network. Routers connect networks. The two pieces of equipment look similar and perform some similar functions, but each has its own distinct function to perform on a network.
To understand basic networking, you first need to understand what a network switch is and how it works.
Most business networks today use switches to connect computers, printers, phones, cameras, lights, and servers in a building or campus.
A switch serves as a controller, enabling networked devices to talk to each other efficiently. Through information sharing and resource allocation, switches save businesses money and increase employee productivity.
Next, you’ll need to understand the different types of Ethernet switches and their capabilities. There are two basic types of switches to choose from as part of your networking basics: managed and unmanaged.
Routers, on the other hand, connect multiple networks together. They also connect computers on those networks to the Internet. Routers enable all networked computers to share a single Internet connection, which saves money.
Routers connect your business to the world, protect information from security threats, and can even decide which computers receive priority over others.
Beyond those basic networking functions, routers come with additional features to make networking easier or more secure. Depending on your security needs, for example, you can choose a router with a firewall, a virtual private network (VPN), or an Internet Protocol (IP) communications system.
Our resources are here to help you understand the security landscape and choose technologies to help safeguard your business.
These tools and articles will help you make important communications decisions to help your business scale and stay connected.