Join Greg Sowell for an in-depth discussion in this video Managed and unmanaged switches, part of Foundations of Networking: Network Media (WANs).
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- [Voiceover] Switches come in two flavors,…unmanaged or managed.…An unmanaged switch is about as close to plug and play…as you can get in the network world.…They will come in the same port densities as managed…and some will even come with uplink ports…that can accept optics.…What it doesn't allow for is any advanced features,…but sometimes simple is okay.…This is a small home or office environment.…Then putting in a simple unmanaged switch…makes a lot of sense.…It is also great for a cost-conscious user.…
Most often more features mean a higher price.…Having said that, I really only personally use unmanaged…switches in a lab environment where I'm just testing.…There's also a lot of variety within managed switches.…In the lower end managed switches will generally…only have a web interface for administration.…They will usually have limited virtual LAN,…Spanning Tree Protocol, basic simple network…management protocol monitoring, and possibly bonding.…These lower end switches usually have fewer available…resources which means fewer features…
He discusses different WAN technologies and features such as speeds, spans, and price points—including inexpensive options such as VPN. He then covers switches (the devices that connect computers in your building) and routers (devices that control the transmission of network data). Along the way, Greg shows how to build private connections, implement free networking over the Internet, build switch networks, and overlay-routed networks. He'll also introduce different routing protocols, such as OPSF link-state routing and distance-vector routing with RIPv2, EIGRP, and BGP.
Note that this course maps to domains 1 and 2 of the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals certification exam (98-366).
- Understanding the technology: from dial-up to VPNs
- Working with hubs, bridges, and switches
- Ensuring hardware redundancy
- Using switching types and MAC tables
- Preventing bridge loops with STP
- Routing with routing tables
- Using NAT
- Securing your switches and routers
- Setting up firewalls
- Working with different routing protocols: RIPv2, OSPF, EIGRP, and more