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Smart Switch vs Stupid Switch (Managed/Unmanaged)

Can someone please explain the difference between managed and unmanaged switches and why should I ever go to managed, when unmanaged ones are doing their job just fine while requiring no maintenance?

Links to comparisons, and technical stuff are welcomed!
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
An unmanaged switch can't be configured... for anything. And it doesn't run Spanning Tree.

With a managed switch you can create VLAN's, run spanning tree, create etherchannel links, trunks, and remotely manage it with telnet.

If you don't need to do any of that, then an unmanaged switch will do.


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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thank you.

Ccould you please point me to some online resource regarding Issues you've stated (VLAN, spanning tree, etherchannel links, trunks, remote telnet management)?

I have not yet learn't about that.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
No I haven't because it would be much easier for you to find the data as you would know what to search.

Thanks a lot, that's it.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Easier?

Go to www.google.com. Type in "spanning-tree". Click search button.
Repeat for "VLAN"
Repeat for "etherchannel"
Repeat for "trunking"
Repeat for "telnet"


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mrmutAuthor Commented:
It is quicker to get expert help on topic than to search for yourself.

I use expert-exchange as a solution delegation tool, and as you answered the question I've made, you've got your "profit" in the form of points. Everything satisfied.
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