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When Should I Use a Managed Switch?
Contemporary Controls New White Paper Discusses the Benefits of Using Managed Switches
Downers Grove, IL (November 7, 2007)Contemporary Controls has often been asked this question, “When should I use a managed Ethernet switch?” The answer is somewhat involved, but R&D Manager Bennet Levine offers some insights in this white paper.
The paper briefly discusses the role of Plug-and-Play (PnP) switches which leads to the question, “What is a managed switch?” Levine said a managed switch contains all the features of unmanaged switches with added functionality such as SNMP, IGMP snooping, port mirroring, VLAN, rate control, and more.
If you have a larger network, you may want to use managed switches. The paper examines specific features of managed switches in the following cases:
• When you have a large network you will probably
need managed switches simply to be able to diagnose problems.
• When you have multicast traffic on your network (for example when using EtherNet/IPÔ ).
• When downtime is expensive.
• When you are interconnecting office and control networks.
To download this FREE white paper visit www.ctrlink.com/pdf/WUMS.pdf.
For more information on managed Ethernet switches, please go to the Industrial Ethernet University www.industrialEthernetU.com or to www.CTRLink.com.
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