Preparing for future growth can include utilising intelligent switches for network management. The performance-improving features of smart switches can range from basic to complex. By configuring smart switch options, administrators gain greater control over data transmissions, while improving efficiency. In comparison to fully managed switches, intelligent switch models will have some limitations. For example, most do not allow for the management of advanced features, such as IP multicasting. However, reliable smart switches do support the management of:
- Quality of Service;
- Link Aggregation.
The smart devices are available as stackable switch models that can be connected and efficiently managed as one large unit.