Often when people are looking for a solution, such as a network switch, they are tempted to grab one off the shelf – check it has the right number of ports, and if it has PoE.
Job done right? … ‘Well, possibly’
Sometimes this approach will get you by, often however it won’t.
Have you taken into consideration the environment you’ll be installing it into – will it be outside in a cabinet, facing whatever the weather can (and will) throw at it?
This is where ruggedised units come into play – we spec our units at -40 to +70C, meaning whatever our lovely, and often changeable weather throws at them, you can relax, safe in the knowledge your data will keep moving along without hindrance.
The system you are delivering to your customer carries with it your name. Attached to that is your workmanship, pride, and quite rightly, your reputation.
You could be considering connecting that together by potentially the cheapest possible option – any chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Still thinking of the cheaper option … read on …
Let’s step it up a gear – move into managed switches.
OK – yes, the cost will go up … but let’s look at it differently – bear with me here …
What can a managed switch do for you?
Here’s just one example – end device checking.
We offer a few different methods to check whether your end device is responding – one of which is the humble ‘ping’
By setting up a ping to your device, you can have the confidence to know that the Switch is monitoring your camera, PoE Lighting, Access Control, or whatever device you are connecting.
If the end device stops responding, our switch will remove and then re-apply the power to the port – rebooting your end device.
It will then report that to you via e-mail or SNMP
This can well save you a trip to site, with the potential hassle of ladders, cherry pickers, or whatever you need to reach the install – AFTER your customer has called to complain.
There are so many more features a managed switch can bring to the party – still thinking of that cheap option??