Cisco Router and Switch Connectivity: Selecting the Right Network Equipment

Many options are available when considering the purchase of a Cisco network device. Which device suits specific system resource and performance needs? It is imperative to perform the required research to learn about what each device has to offer when in need of dependable Cisco router and switch connectivity. One recommendation is to stay within a realm of familiar router and switch models. When a specific component is reliable and offers all that is needed, it does not make sense to choose a different product which could be difficult to configure, learn, and maintain.

Business network professionals may also already know good products that have provided reliable connectivity in many locations. Sometimes the component being selected is for an entirely new purpose or the network itself. In these scenarios, the most familiar component may not cut it. Use these criteria during the evaluation of new devices.

Start by comparing the number of packets that will be forwarded per second. This estimate is only available when conditions are optional. Each additional feature will reduce the number of forwarded packets. Having the ability to upgrade device functionality at a minimal cost is equally important. There is a default number of interfaces or switch ports per component.

Make certain the selected switch or router has multiple interfaces as well as configurations for expansion. If the device needs to support a specific type of interface, make certain the capability is present. Other criteria to consider are the ability to support integrated services, easy manageability, … Read the rest >>>>