Switches

Switches allow you to extend your online offering, with additional Ethernet ports for multiple computers and connected devices. Choosing the right switch for your requirements is important, so we’ve covered all there is to know about picking a model and connecting it to your existing router.

What is a Switch?

A DrayTek switch is a useful tool that offers a bank of additional Ethernet ports for your wired appliances, allowing you to maintain multiple connected devices within one local network. This is helpful if your business requires more computers than your router has Ethernet ports for.

What is the difference between a router and a switch?

The difference between router and switch is their position in the ‘internet chain’ and how they help to facilitate a connection.

While router switches keep multiple computers within the same network, a router is a more sophisticated device that connects multiple switches to create an even larger network.

When it comes to switch vs router, it’s important to understand the different benefits of each device, and what they both offering in providing a strong internet connection.

How to connect a switch to your router

Because an internet switch is designed to act as an additional Ethernet port bank, you’re required to connect switch to router to access the network. This is a straightforward process:

  1. Take an Ethernet cable and connect to an available port on each of your router switch and router.
  2. Use a second Ethernet cable to connect your computer to your switch, plugging into the next available port on both devices.

What’s the difference between a router and a modem?

Modem and router functionality are different, but the two devices are reliant on each other to establish an internet connection. While your modem receives signals directly from an internet provider, your internet router ‘routes’ these messages and distributes to connected computers, allowing them to access the internet.

Modems are unable to create a local network of devices on their own, and routers cannot access the internet without the help of a modem.

Network switch features and benefits

With multiple sizes of switch designed to suit the scale of your business, find the device that most effectively enhances your working environment. Installing a DrayTek switch ensures the same quick, efficient, and secure online experience you’ve become accustomed to through use of our routers alone, but on a grander scale with the capacity for connecting more computers.

Managing your DrayTek switch

DrayTek switches are each configured through the intuitive Vigor Router, VigorACS, or VIgorConnect central management systems, with the majority allowing for flexible administration across all three systems. This makes controlling your switch and its activity simple, with notifications triggered in the event of an irregularity.

Which switch is best for my needs?

Choosing the right switch is important in establishing the appropriate network for your business requirements. Whether you’re hoping to connect multiple computers or video feeds, discover the available DrayTek switches.

Network Switches

With sizes ranging from 8 to 50 48 ports, network switches are perfectly placed to handle a multi-computer network. Easily take control of your router switch through either of the local or cloud-based central management platforms.

Video Switches

With 28 Ethernet ports, our video switches make distributing video data and feeds from multiple sources easy. Video switches allow you to channel video to multiple screens, which can be configured and managed through the DrayTek app.

DrayTek Switch Types

Network Switches
Network Switches
Ethernet Switches
Ethernet Switches
Gigabit Switches
Gigabit Switches
POE Switches
POE Switches
Switch Management
Switch Management