Updated April 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Rack Mount Switches

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2017. When you have an abundance of data that needs to be distributed throughout a multitude of different devices, a quality network switch can be your best friend. These rack-mountable units are available in both managed and unmanaged styles, designed with a varying amount of ports and a vast array of speed and security features, as well as Power over Ethernet and remote access functionality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best rack mount switch on Amazon.

10. Cisco SG110

9. Netgear XS700

8. Linksys LGS124

6. Tripp Lite NG

5. Netgear GS100

4. Netgear GS324

3. Mikrotik CRS328

2. BV-Tech SW800G

Editor's Notes

April 09, 2019:

Depending on what types of devices are connected to a network, there's a wide range of functionality that a switch may need. The simplest, such as the Netgear GS324, Cisco 110, and Tripp Lite NG, and Linksys LGS124 do little more than split an Ethernet connection multiple ways, and aren't the most versatile, but are particularly affordable. The Netgear GS100 line as well as the BV-Link are a step up, and while they don't offer much in the way of management features, they do provide power over Ethernet, which makes them ideal for connecting wireless access points, IP cameras, and VoIP phones. If you need additional security and control options, it's hard to beat the TP-Link SG1016, which is a partially managed switch that comes at a very reasonable price. Those looking for top-of-the-line bandwidth support should consider the Mikrotik, D-Link, or Netgear XS700, all of which accommodate 10-gigabit networking, and some of which offer SFP+ fiber connections. Incidentally, the high-end Netgear is one of the most full-featured switches on the market, and while it is exceptionally versatile, it's also quite a bit more expensive than most of the rest.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on April 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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