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Speed Up Your Network

Pick up the pace with a gigabit ethernet switch for your network.

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This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Think about your network for a moment. More and more data is pumped over it all the time--with no end in sight. Whether it's time to widen those traffic lanes or lay the groundwork for a new network, a gigabit Ethernet switch is a good place to start. Increasingly popular and affordable, this standard can crank data at rates of up to 1,000Mbps--plenty fast for most business needs. Even if most of your network's PCs connect over Wi-Fi, it can't hurt to have a nice, fat gigabit pipe in the PC linking your network to the internet.

There are two basic types of switches: unmanaged and managed. Some networks use both. Businesses needing only a simple network solution or those looking to expand an existing network may want to check out unmanaged switches. Managed switches offer a host of advanced features and remote management capabilities that will make your network administrator happy and give you more control.

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