Knowing when to choose a managed Ethernet switch instead of an unmanaged Ethernet switch for your industrial grade networking solution might not be obvious. Plus, the price differential between an unmanaged and managed switch is significant and can impact the overall system budget.

What’s In This White Paper

In this white paper, product manager Jonathan Griffith explores the reasons and applications where an industrial managed Ethernet switch should be used and when an industrial unmanaged Ethernet switch is sufficient.

managed ethernet switches white paperThis white paper highlights some of the main differences between managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches as well as explains five benefits of using a managed switch over an unmanaged switch. These benefits include: Enhanced Traffic Filtering, Troubleshooting, Redundancy, Security, and Better Network ‘Awareness.’ This white paper also provides an explanation as to when an unmanaged Ethernet switch may be the way to go.

Additionally there is a diagram included, so you can see the advantages of a managed switch network

The Why You Might (or Might Not) Need an Industrial Managed Ethernet Switch White Paper can be downloaded as a PDF here.

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About AutomationDirect:

In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor controls, enclosures and more. Their prices are typically well below the list price of more traditional automation companies because of their business model and focus on efficiency and the majority of their products are stocked for same-day shipping. Plus, get free two-day delivery on orders over $49; some limitations apply. For more information, contact them at 800-633-0405 or visit