Fixed Ethernet Switches

Fixed switch

Ethernet Switching Platforms

A fixed configuration switch as name itself suggests, is a standalone Ethernet switch that is restricted to the interfaces/ports which the manufacturer has shipped it with. Enterprises can economically complete their wiring closets with fixed configuration switches to provide network access and PoE capability to IP cameras, desktops, IP phones and other network devices at the edge. Most Fixed configuration switches ship with 12, 24 or 48 Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports and 1/10 GbE as optical uplink ports.

Nearly all networking vendors offer fixed configuration switch gears and try to offer few features to differentiate themselves from the competition.

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Interface Speed

Gigabit is the most popular interface speed though Fast Ethernet is still widely used, especially in price-sensitive environments.

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Interface Types

Fixed Configuration Switches typically come in 8, 16, 24 & 48 port configurations, more commonly they are copper RJ 45 Ports (<90 mtrs) with combination of SPF/SFP+ ports for fiber connectivity.

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Stacking Technology

Instead of configuring, managing and troubleshooting eight 48-port (e.g.) switches individually, you can centrally manage all eight like a single logical switch.

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Packet Forwarding Rate

Define the processing capabilities of a switch by rating how much data the switch can process per second. Generally shown in packets per second unit.

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Power Over Ethernet

Capability that facilitates powering a device (such as an IP phone, IP Surveillance Camera, or Wireless Access Point) over the same cable as the data traffic.

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Multi Layer Switching

Characterized by their ability to perform inter VLAN routing, support a few routing protocols and perform Layer 2 forwarding/switching.

Fixed Switches?

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Modular Ethernet Switches

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High Performance Switching

Modular switches are designed for core networks, campus aggregation and for data centres end of row deployments. It allows enterprises to add or remove various type & quantity of interface & service modules into the switch as needed, thereby delivering the best flexibility to address changing network requirements. Large enterprise networks that support many thousands of network devices require high-density, modular switches to make the best use of space and power Modular Switches also known as Chassis based Switches can support very high-port densities through the addition of multiple switch port line cards. These are designed, manufactured and built for greater fault tolerance, scalability and performance hence provide more reliability to the network.

Modular Switch has a common backplane for all Interface modules, has common redundant power supply modules, cooling fan modules and control plane modules, etc.
They are built for much higher MTBF (Mean time between failures) and MTTR (Mean Time To Repair) than a fixed format switch.

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Oversubscription occurs when the overall switching bandwidth of the switch is less than the aggregate bandwidth of all ingress switch ports resulting subsets of total ports can run at wire speed simultaneously. A balance between oversubscription and price is always a god buy.

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Chassis Architecture

Switch with dedicated Switch Fabric, Control Processor and I/O modules provides better assurance in terms of resiliency, performance and robustness. Look out for devices with Midplane architecture.

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Chassis Scalability

Modular Switches are generally high cost items, and requires longevity for better ROI. It becomes essential to choose switch with options available for future expansions, not only for additional I/O modules but also for future upcoming Modules.

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Bandwidth & Scalability

Enterprises need variety in ports from Modular device, not only from high speed port feeds and speeds but also from port type as well. Today, 10 Gig, 40 Gig are most widely speeds used in copper and fiber interface type.

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Datacenter Fabric

To improve on network performance and get rid from various protocols issues, enterprises are adapting newer generation datacenter fabric technologies. Find out which fabric technology is available on your datacenter switches.

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Chassis Virtualization

Resiliency at Core Network level is critical for every organization. It is imperative that Modular switch should support some kind of Chassis virtualization technology depending on the product vendor which allows two switches to logically become one.

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About Ethernet Switching

Making a resilient and scalable enterprise network can be a lot of work. Whether you are making a campus network or creating an efficient Datacenter, you will find everything you need right here. At's Ethernet Switching category we have covered all the enterprise switching OEMs, a list that includes top brands such as Cisco, Juniper, Avaya, Brocade, Dell, Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Extreme Networks. These brands have become trusted over time because of their expertise in a wide variety of Ethernet switching products catering to small branch offices, large campuses, data centers and much more. 

Within this long list of brands, you'll be able to find Ethernet switching products for all your networking requirements, like 8 port switch, 24 port switch, 48 port switch, Gigabit switch, Fast Ethernet switch, POE Switch, POE+ Switch, Stackable Switch, L2 Switch, L3 Switch, Fabric Enabled Switch, Modular Switch, Chassis based switch and more. If you're building an enterprise network, you'll want to be sure you have the proper components to make a resilient and scalable architecture including right switches, power budget, right kind of connectivity ports, core switch redundancy, power supply redundancy, uplink resiliency and all. 

Need help to find the right Ethernet Switching? Our featured subcategories of Fixed Switches and Modular Switches make it easy to find the perfect addition to your enterprise network.

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