Network Switches

Network Switches and Network Hubs are common connection points for different devices within a network. They enable you to connect computers to other computers, internet devices or networks. Network Switches are commonly used in offices, schools and homes. They feature multiple connectors called “ports” in which you insert your Ethernet cable, for example. The Ethernet port is a type of networking connection that not only transfer data signal but is also capable of power-up (PoE) devices e.g. CCTV cameras Router connected to the switch shares the internet across all connected devices Network switches are available with varying number of ports. Simple devices allow for connection of up to 4 or 6 devices while more expensive models feature 48 or even more ethernet ports for connecting networking devices.



What kind of devices can I connect to the switch?




  • Desktop Computers

  • Printers

  • Servers

  • Game Consoles

  • HD Drive Stations

  • Smart TVs

  • Laptops

  • Routers


What is a difference between Network Switch and Hub?



Both hubs and switches look the same, but they operate slightly differently. Hubs are simpler devices, broadcasting all their information to all networking devices. They require less analysis and can, therefore, communicate quicker. Switches analyse the sender and receiver which can require more time but eliminates traffic congestion you may experience with Hubs. Hubs are ideal for small office and home environments while switches are better suited to small to large businesses which require more advanced network equipment.



What switches types are available on the market? 




  • Managed - the most customizable networking devices. Managed switches allow for controlling network configurations and data transfer. They feature a user interface for ease of use.

  • Unmanaged - The easiest and simplest networking switch type. As the name suggests it doesn't have to be controlled by a user. It's more like a plug and play device. Commonly used in small offices or home where network control isn't so important.

  • LAN / Active Hubs- this type os switch automatically controls the network traffic and delivers the data to all independent devices prioritising one over the other ones accordingly to current networking requirements.


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Description Price Model Number of Ports Desktop/Rackmount Switch Type Network Speed RJ45 Ports SFP Ports Network Speed Class PoE - Power Over Ethernet Dimensions Height Width Depth
RS Stock No. 760-3984
Mfr. Part No.DES-105/B
BrandD-Link
£17.77
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DES-105 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 5 - - - 100 x 98 x 28mm 28mm 100mm 98mm
RS Stock No. 121-8125
Mfr. Part No.GS105UK
BrandNetgear
£31.62
Each
Units
ProSAFE GS105 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit - 100 x 94 x 27mm 27mm 100mm 94mm
RS Stock No. 826-3240
Mfr. Part No.SPIDER 8TX
BrandHirschmann
£148.95
Each
Units
SPIDER 8TX 8 DIN Rail Mount Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 8 - - - 40 x 79 x 114mm 114mm 40mm 79mm
RS Stock No. 883-8617
Mfr. Part No.GS308-100UKS
BrandNetgear
£26.93
Each
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SOHO GS308 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - - - - -
RS Stock No. 826-3246
Mfr. Part No.SPIDER 5TX
BrandHirschmann
£119.18
Each
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SPIDER 5TX 5 DIN Rail Mount Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 5 - - - 25 x 79 x 114mm 114mm 25mm 79mm
RS Stock No. 820-0299
Mfr. Part No.GS205-100UKS
BrandNetgear
£18.95
Each
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GS205 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit - 114 x 86 x 26mm 26mm 114mm 86mm
RS Stock No. 760-4003
Mfr. Part No.DES-108/B
BrandD-Link
£23.70
Each
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DES-108 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 8 - - - 162 x 102 x 28mm 28mm 162mm 102mm
RS Stock No. 121-8128
Mfr. Part No.GS108UK
BrandNetgear
£42.97
Each
Units
ProSAFE GS108 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - 158 x 102 x 27mm 27mm 158mm 102mm
RS Stock No. 121-8131
Mfr. Part No.GS305-100UKS
BrandNetgear
£21.31
Each
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SOHO GS305 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit - 101 x 94 x 29mm 29mm 101mm 94mm
RS Stock No. 330-1148
Mfr. Part No.ATMC101XL
£80.15
Each
Units
MC101XL 2 Rack Mount - 10/100Mbit/s 1 - - - 105 x 95 x 25mm 25mm 105mm 95mm
RS Stock No. 389-1562
Mfr. Part No.DLIS1008D
BrandD-Link
£13.04
Each
Units
DES-1008D 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 8 - - - 164.5 x 111.5 x 36mm 36mm 164.5mm 111.5mm
RS Stock No. 820-0277
Mfr. Part No.JGS516-200EUS
BrandNetgear
£118.62
Each
Units
JGS516 16 Rack Mount Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 16 - Gigabit - 330 x 207 x 43mm 43mm 330mm 207mm
RS Stock No. 760-4012
Mfr. Part No.DGS-108/B
BrandD-Link
£34.72
Each
Units
DGS-108 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - 162 x 102 x 28mm 28mm 162mm 102mm
RS Stock No. 820-0309
Mfr. Part No.GS208-100UKS
BrandNetgear
£26.27
Each
Units
GS208 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - 152 x 93 x 26mm 26mm 152mm 93mm
RS Stock No. 121-8117
Mfr. Part No.FS108-300UKS
BrandNetgear
£36.41
Each
Units
ProSAFE 8 Desktop - 10/100Mbit/s 8 - - - 158 x 103 x 27mm 27mm 158mm 103mm
RS Stock No. 826-3243
Mfr. Part No.SPIDER 4TX/1FX
BrandHirschmann
£213.25
Each
Units
SPIDER 4TX/1FX 4 DIN Rail Mount Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 4 - - - 25 x 79 x 114mm 114mm 25mm 79mm
RS Stock No. 760-4019
Mfr. Part No.DGS-105/B
BrandD-Link
£24.22
Each
Units
DGS-105 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit - 100 x 98 x 28mm 28mm 100mm 98mm
RS Stock No. 820-0217
Mfr. Part No.DES-1016D/B
BrandD-Link
£39.49
Each
Units
DES-1016D 16 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 16 - - - 324 x 231 x 44.5mm 44.5mm 324mm 231mm
RS Stock No. 121-8123
Mfr. Part No.GS105E-200UKS
BrandNetgear
£34.47
Each
Units
ProSAFE GS105E 5 Desktop Managed 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit - 100 x 94 x 27mm 27mm 100mm 94mm
RS Stock No. 760-4117
Mfr. Part No.GS108T-200UKS
BrandNetgear
£93.00
Each
Units
ProSAFE GS108T 8 Desktop Smart 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - 158 x 105 x 27mm 27mm 158mm 105mm
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