In the realm of network infrastructure, the choice between managed and unmanaged switches is crucial for achieving optimal performance, security, and control. Managed switches provide advanced features that cater to the specific needs of complex networks, while unmanaged switches offer simplicity and ease of use for basic connectivity tasks. Here, we explore the advantages of managed switches in comparison to unmanaged switches, shedding light on why and when they are the better choice.

Enhanced Network Control and Management

Managed switches stand out primarily because of their extensive control and management capabilities. They allow network administrators to configure, manage, and monitor the network proactively. This is achieved through a variety of features such as

  • VLAN support, which enables the creation of virtual networks within a physical network for better traffic management and segmentation.
  • Redundancy, allowing multiple routes to reduce the probability of network failure
  • Monitoring, allowing for pre-emptive maintenance before failures occur
  • Traffic prioritisation, security, and many more

Some of the features will be discussed in the sections to follow.

Traffic Prioritisation

One of the significant benefits of managed switches is their ability to prioritise network traffic through Quality of Service (QoS) settings. This feature is essential in environments where critical applications require prioritisation over less urgent data to maintain operational efficiency and performance. For instance, in VoIP communications, real-time voice packets are prioritised over regular data packets, ensuring clear and uninterrupted voice transmissions.

Enhanced Security Features

Security is a paramount concern in any network setup, and managed switches address this need effectively. They offer various security features such as access control lists (ACLs), port security, and DHCP snooping. These features help protect against internal and external threats by controlling network access, preventing unauthorised access, and blocking malicious traffic.

Network Redundancy and Resilience

Managed switches support protocols like Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), which help in creating redundant pathways and increasing bandwidth through multiple network connections. This not only enhances the resilience of the network but also improves its overall performance by providing alternative routes for data transmission in case of a link failure. 

Future Scalability and Flexibility

As networks grow and evolve, the need for scalability becomes crucial. Managed switches are designed to accommodate growth and changes within a network, thanks to their configurable options and advanced features. Whether it’s adding more devices to the network or integrating new applications, managed switches can adapt to changing network demands without requiring a complete overhaul.

Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tools

Managed switches come equipped with sophisticated monitoring and diagnostic tools that aid in troubleshooting network issues swiftly. Features such as SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) support enable administrators to monitor network performance and detect potential problems before they become critical, thus minimising downtime.

Advanced PoE Management

Depending on the managed switch model, PoE management can allow for the monitoring of power usage, remote power cycle of your PoE powered device by switching the PoE port on and off.

Cost-Effectiveness in the Long Run

While unmanaged switches are cheaper upfront, managed switches offer a better return on investment over time due to their advanced features that can prevent costly network downtimes and breaches. Additionally, the ability to fine-tune network performance and security settings reduces the need for frequent upgrades or replacements.

What we offer

EcoRobotics has an extensive range of managed and unmanaged switches to cater for any of your needs, from personal to commercial or industrial and support brands such as Fortinet, Teltonika, Ubiquiti, Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Delta and many more. We offer some of these brands on our online shop and can be found under our Networks section SWITCHES – EcoRobotics. For other brands and options do not hesitate to contact us for more options. 

This PoE managed switch from Teltonika (TELTONIKA TSW202 PoE + L2 managed Switch 8 10/100/1000 – EcoRobotics) is an excellent option for PoE Camera management as well as an extensive list of other commercial and industrial solutions. You can view the launch webinar by clicking on the link, A Managed Switch World: TSW202 & TSW212 | Webinar (youtube.com)


Unmanaged switches are suitable for simple, small-scale setups where minimal configuration is needed.

For organisations that require robust network performance, high security, and extensive control, managed switches are clearly the superior choice. They provide the tools and flexibility needed to handle complex and demanding network environments efficiently. By choosing managed switches, businesses can ensure a more secure, reliable, and scalable network infrastructure, which is essential for supporting current and future technological demands.


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