The 10 Best Layer 3 Switches
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Layer 3 switches utilize a smart management system that gives administrators increased control over network configuration and security. They offer a wide range of features and abilities, including static and dynamic routing, DHCP IP address assignment, and OSFP capability. Here are some of the most recommended by systems analysts and other IT professionals. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
September 16, 2019:
Layer 3 routing projects require considerable knowledge of certain IT subjects, and if you're this far, you know there are hundreds of different switches to choose from. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does focus on some of the most popular options in various networking circles. Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch line offers fantastic choices for home users as well as professional systems analysts, while the lower-end Netgear and Cisco options are also great for streamlining and protecting the average household network. Cisco, of course, is one of the most famous names in LAN hardware, and for good reason; their stuff is usually pretty expensive, but it's basically the standard in many parts of the industry. One issue some people have with Ubiquiti is their penchant for proprietary features; some engineers feel their ecosystem is easy to get "locked into," essentially forcing you to continue using their products. This is also marginally true with HP's Aruba line, although the 2930F series does get high praise from professionals all over.
Then there are two particularly interesting choices to point out. The TrendNet we highlighted offers 8 configurable 10-gigabit ports, so while it is very expensive for such a small unit, you can be certain that its bandwidth ceiling will never get in the way -- though you'll need some high-speed hardware for all the attached devices to take advantage of such high throughput. And the Mirotik is an interesting choice because its manufacturer isn't quite as well-known or pervasive within the commercial networking sector, but almost everyone who's worked with their equipment raves about how good it is.