How to Tell What Network Switch is Best for Your Application


To most, a switch is a switch, and not many people outside of the electrical world know how many options there truly are and what they are used for. With the introduction of one of our new products, the Signamax 24-port 100/1000 Managed SFP Switch, we’d like to delve a little deeper into what different key words mean, and the difference they will make for you.

All About Manager Fiber Switches and What They Are Meant For

First of all, a switch such as the new Signamax one can control a lot more than just a simple on/off function that most people associate that word with.  It has a number of specific and complex functions to control computer and Ethernet systems, such as:

  • Modular capability on 24 ports for Gig or Fast Ethernet SFP inserts
  • 4 extra ports to support 10 gig of Ethernet
  • Capable of link aggregation for “big pipe” connections
  • The ability to be powered by standard AC line power or DC power, or both at the same time.
  • It has bandwidth rate control via port-policer
  • And much more!

To a person who works with switches and network systems a lot the above bullet points may seem obvious, but to the average person it will be hard to have any idea what they are talking about and how it will benefit you. To make things easier, we broke down some of the terms.

Managed Fiber Switches Common Terms

Modular Capability – This describes the capability of a product and what it will be compatible with for use. Also suggest the capabilities of the product’s power supply.
Ethernet – Computer networking technologies used in both local area networks and metropolitan area networks. Ethernet equipment was first introduced in 1980 and has since come a long way. It first used a coaxial cable and made it possible for a network to exist and connect devices like printers and computers together. Since then, clearly communication and the internet has come a very long way. Ethernet is an IEEE standard and it has enabled the internet to grow as much as it has.
Big Pipe Connections – A term used for ensuring increased bandwidth so that it is possible to run many things on the same system at the same time. For example, many major phone carriers promote “triple play” bundles to encourage repeat customers. While these set ups are convenient, they require a significant amount of power and bandwidth.
AC/DC line power – Literally, AC stands for alternating current, while DC stands for direct current. They are instrumental in today’s world because they are the core different types of voltage and current used for the transmission of electrical energy.
Bandwidth – Quite simply, bandwith is the measure at which the speed of the internet is determined. Low bandwidth would indicate slower internet, while higher will mean internet will perform faster. Bandwidth is measured in units of kb or mb.

Why the Signamax Managed Fiber Switch is An Exciting Addition to Our Store

At we get excited about any new product that comes our way. This new item from Signamax is especially exciting because it has the capability of fast Ethernet, gigabit Ethernet, and 10 gig Ethernet all in one place. That makes this product an efficient and excellent choice for most fiber environments.

There you have it! If you are interested in finding out more about this product you can download the user manual here, visit us online, or give us a call at 1-833-3CABLEORG (1-833-322-2536) and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out!