Network Switch – The Basics

The network switch plays an integral role in enterprise and home networking, yet many people confuse what the purpose of the equipment is, and how it differs from a router. I decided to write this blog post to explain the basics of the switch – from different types, to vendors for purchasing them.

A brief overview of network switches

A network switch is a type of computer networking hardware that bridges network segments. It is sometimes referred to as a packet switch or simply a switch. The switch plays an important component in most local area networks (LAN), including mid-to-large enterprise networks which utilize several linked managed switches.

A switch is far less sophisticated than a router. Although routers and switches look fairly similar in appearance, routers differ substantially in their internal components.

Types of network switches

Unmanaged Switches: This is typically the least expensive type of switch, most often found in homes or small offices. They are very simple, employing plug and play technology, lacking any specific configuration options

Managed Switches: Managed Switches provide optional configuration options and allow for a great variety of functionality. There are several ways to operate these switches, from utilizing a remote tool like Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), to accessing the switch via a command line interface like Telnet.

  • Smart Switches: Smart switches differ from fully managed switches in that they only allow a specific set of modifications and functionality. Because users can only configure basics settings, they are often cheaper than the fully managed breed. Some basic functions often found on a smart switch are turning some particular port range on or off, link speed and duplex settings and priority settings for ports
  • Enterprise Managed Switches: Enterprise switches are the more configurable and expensive version of managed switches. They are most often found in enterprise networks among several other switches. They are more efficient for large business where accessing a central administration module can save time and money. Some advanced functions for enterprise switches are VLAN settings, link aggregation and port mirroring.

Buying switches

There are several brand name switch manufacturers that provide competitive and differentiated products, including Cisco, 3Com, and Alcatel. While switches can be purchased out of the box from online retailers, one way to save money is to find a used switch from an online reseller. A business purchaser can often save thousands of dollars purchasing used cisco or other brand name network hardware.

If you do decide to go the route of an online reseller, be sure to check for several qualitative factors to make sure they are a good fit. One factor is a good warranty, as it is always a risk to buy used equipment. Another is significant discounts (at least 50%) off of retail pricing. The third factor I recommend seeking in an online network hardware vendor is good customer support. The ability to speak to a human being for help with your purchase is underrated.

I hope this 'basic switch support' post helps out those that are confused or looking for a way to purchase a switch.

Source by Byron Mackelroy

Why You Need To Add Opt-In Offers

We have all seen them, services that are offered to us at no charge, the e-books, videos and reports that are generated to entice us to click the Submit button.

They offer us for FREE , all the information we are seeking and all we have to do is fill in the form and click next.

These are called your Opt-In Offer.

Your Opt-In Offer is usually the starting point of the online marketing cycle. It's the first peek of who you are and what you're about. It's one of the ways to grow and gather your customer list.

Many of us when first starting do not want to think of selling ourselves, but in a small way that is what you are doing. The opt-in offer is the beginning of your "sales funnel" which is a tool to help you grow your potential list.

The thought behind the opt-in offer is to build your own personal list of customers. This can be used as a mailing list, email list, sending a sales letter, special offers, promotions and product offers, the list can be endless.

Returning Customers are your raving fans. They are the ones that enjoy your products and see the value of them. And most of the time they are the ones that will spend the extra money on your new products or services because they already know the quality of your work.

When going out to eat to that special restaurant that you only go to now and then. You are excited and willing to wait all day because you know the quality of the meal you're going to get. You already know the appetizer you will order because you sampled it before. Your mouth is watering as you wait for it to come to your table. You can already expect its taste and smell the aroma; it is making your mouth water …

This is the scene you want to portray with your opt-in offer. You want people anticipating its arrival. And when it comes, they jump on it.

To create your offer, you'll want to use some of your best work. You want to give others the ability to see your potential as well as giving your readers the ability to envision themselves applying the tips you are offering. Thinking this process through and what the message you're sending is very important, so take your time with this stage. Your goal is to have your customers … Want More.

You want them coming back time and time again because you are speaking to their needs. You have given them the ability to apply one small nugget to their online marketing or whatever niche you find yourself in. You have offered them the results they have been looking for.

Creating an offer that will continue to give back to your readers or customers is the goal of creating a powerful opt-in offer.

Remember my friends … "Success Is Not An Accident"

Make it a Great One


Search Engine Marketing is one of the core elements to your businesses online success. I offer a custom service specifically for the small business owner that would like to make their local community aware of their services .

Source by Donna L Rios

How to Avoid Dealing With Spam and Communicate Online Without Using Email

E-mail is a very useful tool to keep in touch with people and to use to receive things that you want to see. The problem with e-mail is that your in box can become so overrun with junk and spam e-mails that it can be hard to find the e-mails that you actually want to read.

This has become such a common problem that many people have grown too frustrated with e-mail and want a simpler solution to just keep in touch with friends. You can get around this problem by deleting that e-mail account and creating a new one or you could consider some of the other alternatives.

One of the more popular methods for communicating online these days is through social networking. Some are a bit concerned about social networking because of privacy issues, but you do not have to share your entire life. You can find large segments of friends on these social networking sites and simply keep in touch that way.

One of the most popular social networks is Facebook, but there are many different alternatives. It is easy to send messages back and forth between friends you know or to post things to their pages for everyone to see. At times though, these sites have had problems with automated bots sending friend requests on your behalf. So you still may have to deal with some type of spam anyway.

Twitter is a popular one as well. This is for short messages that are to-the-point as you are limited to 140 characters. Many have twitter applications on their phones, so they have a simple way of sending their followers a "text" to quickly communicate with them.

YouTube is also a great way of keeping in touch. With YouTube, you can send messages back and forth to friends just like email. While it's not thought of as a social networking site, it does work the same way. Many people simply use their YouTube accounts to exchange information when the need arises.

So as you can see, there are other alternatives to dealing with e-mail spam. Once you try out one of these social networking sites, you might not ever go back to using e-mail to communicate with your family and friends.

Source by Donald Lawrence