Great ongoing debate – Segment Switching Versus Port Switching


Segment Switching Versus Port Switching

Segment Switching Versus Port Switching

There`s a great ongoing debate about whether segment switching or port switching provides the optimum solution for resolving network congestion all boils down to a question of cash on hand: If you’ve got the cash, go with port switching; if not, then segment  switching will be the order of the day. What’s great about the segment –versus-port debate is that, for a change, you win either way. Segment switches are able to handle the traffic from an entire network segment on each port, allowing you to connect a higher number of workstations or segments with fewer switches/ physical ports. The great aspect of segment switches is that they are also capable of handing   a single workstation on each port (in essence, a segment with one node). This will allow the network engineer to prearrange machines requiring only intermittent network access along the same segment, sharing one (relatively) low-traffic  10Mbps pipe. At the same time, high–end machines , such as network and database  servers, optical drives,  and  other devices can be connected with a one device/ one port scheme, allowing these high- bandwidth and critical devices their own dedicated path to the greater network without  having  to compete with someone’s Internet game for network access. Because of the inevitable cost controls that you encounter on a daily basis, segment switching is the preferred and most readily implemented solution because it requires little in the way of additional expenditures for hardware, additional  cabling ,and so on .

Port switches (also referred to as switching hubs) are designed to Accomack date a single device on each physical port. This is a network manager’s dream-each workstation, sever and random device would have its own dedicated, 10Mbps path to the rest of the network. However, implementing a port – switching solution demands a good deal of capital for additional wring (cable runs are needed from each device directly to the switch) and enough switches to provide the requisite number of physical port. Additionally, as your network grows, you’ll be faced with significantly increased expansion costs because you’ll need new cable runs and possibly entirely new switches every few months. Again, if you’ve got lost of cash, this is a great option; you’ll have quite the impressive network. However, whatever route you choose, you’ll certainly end up with a much better network than you had prior to implementing switching.

Network Management

When  evaluating you switching solutions, be sure that you manufacturer supports (or hopefully provides) some type of SNMP- compliant management tools so that you can easily and effectively  monitor and troubleshoot you switches. Although network management resources will vary to some degree from vendor to vendor, make sure that you particular switch can readily supply you with performance, error and other related information so that you can address network trouble.

By  including Ethernet  switches as part of you greater network , you’ll gain a wide variety of benefits , including decreased latency, faster file transfers, fewer collisions and other transmission errors, and significantly easier management of the greater network . you users will love you for providing a much more user- friendly network environment, you bosses will be thrilled with the fact that you’ve managed to keep the network together and responsive with a minimum of cash, threats, and ultimatums, and you’ll be happy to avoid the gripes, groans and midnight pages from the network operations center that tend to go hand in with slow- performing network.

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