A fully managed switch allows full control over your network. It is usually deployed as core switch or root switch. They give variety of features and efficient network management. Heavy flow of data is centered here. More about switch features here.
Below table compares all types of switches :-
Typical Application diagram for Fully Managed Switch (D-Link) :-
Below diagram shows a typical use case of a fully managed switch for easy reference :-
Comparison of Full Management Switch :-
Majorly Fully Managed Switch supports higher ports from 24 ports onwards. But there lower port options also available. We compare the leading Switch providers – D-Link, TP-Link and Netgear. We will divide the comparison as per number of ports available :-
8 port Fully Managed Switch : TP-Link provides PoE option with 240W Budget. It has better QoS management. TP-Link also supports 2 ports of 10G Gigabit Fiber Port. All other features are as described. Here, TP-Link > D-Link.
16/20 port Fully Managed Switch : Here, Netgear > D-Link. All Netgear ports support 10G Gigabit links. Netgear also has Auto MDI/X feature. MAC Address table supports higher 128K addresses.
24 port Fully Managed Switch : In this category, Netgear >D-Link > TP-Link. Both D-Link and Netgear support similar PoE budget of ~750W. Netgear has more 10G Gigabit ports in both Ethernet and Fiber. D-Link supports advanced management features. TP-Link has lower PoE budget.
48 port Fully Managed Switch : In this category also, Netgear > D-Link > TP-Link. Netgear supports massive PoE budget of 1440 W. Also, it has 10G uplink Fiber and Ethernet ports in multi sections. Next comes D-Link with Advanced management features. TP-Link has lower PoE budget.
Fully Managed Switch – D-Link
Below table gives the tabular comparison of D-Link Fully Managed Switches :-