A managed switch gives you the ability to log into the network switch and monitor and configure each port on the switch one by one. An unmanaged switch does not give you this ability.
A managed switch will be much more expensive than an unmanaged switch of the same size.
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Last Wiki Answer Submitted: June 9, 2008 12:39 pm by Denny Cherry64,520 pts.