Best Ethernet Switches

Updated January 2019
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    Even though wireless networks have become highly popular in almost every house, there are some advantages with wired connections. Faster data transfers and a more reliable connection are a couple of the reasons some people choose to use an Ethernet connection. Large businesses also use hardwire connections for better security. For complex setups, a network switch acts as a middleman between data systems and individual devices. They route data to different places instead of just broadcasting the data out like a network hub. When buying a switch, you will likely come across three different types: unmanaged, smart, and managed. Managed/smart switches offer a high degree of control and customization, but the simple plug-and-play nature of unmanaged switches makes them more affordable and user-friendly.

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