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. 820-0309
Mfr. Part No.GS208-100UKS
BrandNetgear
TWD1,183.00
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GS208 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - 152 x 93 x 26mm 26mm 152mm 93mm
RS Stock No. 760-4129
Mfr. Part No.JGS524-200EUS
BrandNetgear
TWD6,395.00
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JGS524 24 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 24 - Gigabit - 330 x 207 x 43mm 43mm 330mm 207mm
RS Stock No. 136-3012
Mfr. Part No.DGS-1100-16
BrandD-Link
TWD5,850.00
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DGS-1100-16 16 Rack Mount Smart 10/100/1000Mbit/s 16 - Gigabit - 280 x 180 x 44mm 44mm 280mm 180mm
RS Stock No. 820-0277
Mfr. Part No.JGS516-200EUS
BrandNetgear
TWD5,354.00
Each
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JGS516 16 Rack Mount Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 16 - Gigabit - 330 x 207 x 43mm 43mm 330mm 207mm
RS Stock No. 760-4003
Mfr. Part No.DES-108/B
BrandD-Link
TWD1,075.00
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DES-108 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 8 - - - 162 x 102 x 28mm 28mm 162mm 102mm
RS Stock No. 136-3029
Mfr. Part No.GS-1016
BrandEdimax
TWD3,680.00
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GS-1016 8, 16 Rack Mount Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 16 - Gigabit - 441 x 131 x 44mm 44mm 131mm 441mm
RS Stock No. 138-5588
Mfr. Part No.POEINJ4G
BrandStartech
TWD6,926.00
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POEINJ4G 4 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit Yes 170 x 300 x 90mm 90mm 170mm 300mm
RS Stock No. 121-8098
Mfr. Part No.DGS-1210-52
BrandD-Link
TWD21,472.00
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DGS-1210-52 52 Rack Mount Smart 10/100/1000Mbit/s 48 4 Gigabit - 440 x 140 x 44mm 44mm 440mm 140mm
RS Stock No. 138-5564
Mfr. Part No.IES51000POE
BrandStartech
TWD9,952.00
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IES51000POE 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit Yes 130 x 90 x 28mm 28mm 130mm 90mm
RS Stock No. 883-8648
Mfr. Part No.JGS524PE-100EUS
BrandNetgear
TWD12,353.00
Each
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ProSAFE 24 Rack Mount Managed 10/100/1000Mbit/s 24 - Gigabit Yes - - - -
RS Stock No. 175-7290
Mfr. Part No.DGS-1210-10MP
BrandD-Link
TWD12,703.00
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MP 10 Desktop - 1000Mbit/s 1 2 Gigabit Yes 44 x 180 x 330mm 44mm 180mm 330mm
RS Stock No. 121-8096
Mfr. Part No.DGS-1210-28P
BrandD-Link
TWD22,009.00
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DGS-1210-28P 28 Rack Mount Smart 10/100/1000Mbit/s 24 4 Gigabit Yes 440 x 210 x 44mm 44mm 440mm 210mm
RS Stock No. 136-3020
Mfr. Part No.ES-3316P
BrandEdimax
TWD1,217.00
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ES-3316P 16 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100Mbit/s 16 - - Yes 160 x 107 x 40mm 40mm 107mm 160mm
RS Stock No. 798-9269
Mfr. Part No.75719
BrandBT
TWD1,917.00
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- - Desktop - - 8 - Gigabit - 168.9 x 110.8 x 36.3mm 36.3mm 168.9mm 110.8mm
RS Stock No. 330-0791
Mfr. Part No.ATMC102XL
TWD3,979.00
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MC102XL 2 Rack Mount - 10/100Mbit/s 1 - - - 105 x 95 x 25mm 25mm 105mm 95mm
RS Stock No. 136-3030
Mfr. Part No.GS-1026 V2
BrandEdimax
TWD4,345.00
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GS-1026 26 Rack Mount Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 24 2 Gigabit - 441 x 131 x 44mm 44mm 131mm 441mm
RS Stock No. 122-1394
Mfr. Part No.LGS105-UK
BrandLinksys
TWD1,200.00
Each
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LGS105 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - - - 121 x 75 x 26mm 26mm 121mm 75mm
RS Stock No. 136-3017
Mfr. Part No.DGS-1005D/E
BrandD-Link
TWD843.00
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DGS-1005D 5 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 5 - Gigabit - 111 x 75 x 30mm 30mm 111mm 75mm
RS Stock No. 136-3028
Mfr. Part No.ES-5800GV3
BrandEdimax
TWD1,149.00
Each
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ES-5800G 8 Desktop Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbit/s 8 - Gigabit - 136 x 76 x 25.5mm 25.5mm 76mm 136mm
RS Stock No. 883-8626
Mfr. Part No.GS748T-500EUS
BrandNetgear
TWD17,573.00
Each
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ProSAFE 50 Rack Mount Smart 10/100/1000Mbit/s 48 2 Gigabit - - - - -