Our current small business network goes like this: internet to router to unmanaged 10/100 24-port switch, and 18 users.
We are looking to go gigabit and change out the switch, cabling (already purchsed), and NICs (already purchased: Intel Pro/1000).
From what I understand, I could get an unmanaged gigabit switch and the transition would be virtually 'plug-and-play.' Correct?
But I would like to have the monitoring (and other features for the future) of a managed switch for relatively little extra cost. We're looking at SMC switches: managed (at $295) is only about $35 more than the unmanaged version:
SMC EZ Switch 10/100/1000 24-Port Gigabit Web Managed Smart Switch
My real question is this: would a managed switch initially operate with no initial configuration? What I would like to do is have a quick/clean change-out to have everyone up in a hurry, and go back later as I get time to look into monitoring, etc. Or is there initial configuration to be done for the LAN to be working and everyone online?
Is it that simple to begin with or am I reading it totally wrong?
I'm green when it comes to routers, switches, etc., so please don't hold back anything as I may need some good guidance.
Many thanks in advance!