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Switching and Routing
Switches and routers are the core of any network. Without switches, computers are just isolated devices and without routers there's no Internet. As important as they are, switches and routers are the last thing most companies think about. With a deep understanding of switching and routing, ConnectingBlox can evaluate your network (or design a new one from the ground up) and make the best recommendations based upon your usage and needs.
Just a few commonly overlooked questions when designing or upgrading your network:
- Are SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) and "enterprise class" swtiches really different?
- Yes, and whether or not those differences matter depends greatly on your network. Enterprise class switches provide many options not found in SOHO devices, from security controls and management interfaces to traffic and bandwidth management. Those options can make larger networks much easier to manager and improve application performance. As networks grow, enterprise class switches often have "stacking" ports and faster switching fabric (port speed controls how fast data can reach the switch, fabric controls how fast that data can move through the switch) which greatly improves performance.
- Can I just keep connecting switches together to expand my network?
- Yes and no. There's an old rule called the 5-4-3 rule that says you can't connect more than 5 segments (or 4 switches) together and expect traffic to flow properly. But that rule was written before modern switching technology existed and is largely just a myth today. So, yes it is possible to keep connecting switches together. But it isn't a good practice - you lose a little bandwidth as data passes through each switches so performance will drop for every switch in your chain. t also can create multiple points of failure, hurting reliability and complicating troubleshooting.
- What do L2+ and L3 mean on switches and is it important?
- L2+ and L3 are advanced features available in enterprise switches. SOHO switches will never have L2+ or L3 capabilities. Switches with L2+/L3 also function as routers, so they can direct traffic between different floors or buildings in a campus network. The main difference between L2+ and L3 is that L2+ only handles static routing (predefined networks) while L3 supports discovery protocols to "learn" routes. Bottom line, unless you have a very large network with multiple addressing schemes L2+/L3 switches won't provide any benefit.
Internet Connectivity and Bandwidth
Internet connectivity is a must for any business. But how much bandwidth do you need? Is cable or DSL fast enough? What about reliability? Security? ConnectingBlox can help you answer those questions. An knowing what you need, we work with the leading bandwidth providers to determine who can provide you the best service at the best rate.. We can even help design automatic failover networks so you have a primary and backup bandwidth provider - if the primary goes down the backup takes over and your users won't even notice.
Network Devices and their Impact
When designing a network, it is important to understand the devices which will be communicating across the network. Different devices use the network in different ways. Knowing how to manage the traffic of those devices can have a big impact on how your network performs. ConnectingBlox has experience with thousands of network devices, servers and operating systems. That experience allows us to maximize the performance and reliability of your network and keep all your network devices running at optimal levels.