This video describes the basic difference between Managed and Unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches.
So when should you select an unmanaged switch over a managed Ethernet switch? There is a lot that goes into to this decision and it can get quite involved. Managed switches offer advanced configuration options that will allow for segmenting and troubleshooting your network. If you are looking for a managed switch please follow this link to our site for more information. Typically, if you just need a simple plug and play solution for a Ethernet network, for example a PLC, with an HMI, an unmanaged switch is the way to go. Just power up the switch, plug the devices into the switch, configure the devices basic IP addressing, and your network is up and running. If you need any help with using an Automation Direct Ethernet capable device please contact Automation Direct’s free, award winning support team during regular business hours – they will be happy to help. And don’t forget the forums. There are lots of folks there that love to share their years of experience. Just don’t post and questions directed at Automation Direct’s Technical support staff there, they do not monitor the forums on a regular basis.