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What's the major difference between a residential style NETGEAR or LINKSYS 10/100 switch and any commercial grade 10/100 switch?

Is there any major difference in terms of robustness, processing capability, etc, between a residential swtich like you can get off the shelf at Staples or Walmart, and a commercial grade 10/100 switch?

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Larger 'commercial grade' switches usually can be managed, split into virtual or VLAN's, and may have greater overall throughput.  In general though an 8 port unmanaged switch is pretty much the same regardless of where you but it.
In other words, bigger network, better brend you'll need.
For 5-10 PC, any "homy" stuff will work, anything more than 10 PC, you shuold start consider "commercial grade" base on actual topology structure.
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