Before ordering your managed switch, consider what your long range goals are for the network in question.
Will your organization be adding employees, projects, or new equipment in the next 6-months? Knowing the answer to this question will help you better determine the number of ports you’ll need on a managed switch.
In many cases, future-proofing with a better PoE switch (with more ports) may actually be a much better investment than smaller switches that have fewer ports.
Once you have your switch in hand, start by defining a default gateway for it. This is something that unfortunately gets overlooked too often when the IP address is being configured.
Also, make sure you set the exact time and date when powering up your device. This will allow you to track incidents in real time later.
Last but not least, you should enable neighbor discovery protocols. These protocols are essential for network administrators and management tools to accurately construct a view of the network topology.
After that, you should be all set to enjoy all of the benefits of a managed PoE switch.
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