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Layer 2 vs Layer 3 Network Switches: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switches and how critical are they to a properly functioning network?

The Auvik Network Device Buyer’s Guide

Buying the right network devices is an essential part of network design, and can have an impact throughout the network lifecycle. Get it right, and yo

The No Sweat Guide to Effective Switch Management

Switches are a critical network link & switch management is an important job. Learn how to choose a good location, design an uplink, & plan for resili

Will Layer 3 Switches Give Routers the Boot?

A Layer 3 switch combines the capabilities of a Layer 2 switch and a router in one device. Does this mean the death of the router is imminent? In shor

The Auvik Guide to Basic Switch Configuration

Setting up a network switch on your own can seem like a daunting task. Use this handy guide to get your switch configuration up and running with ease.

Network Firewall Security: Monitoring Firewalls 101

Configuring your firewall security manager is essential to maintaining the health and safety of your network. Learn the key routines for this critical

What Are the Types of Network Devices?

Understanding the types of network devices is vital to effective network management. Here, we take a look at 11 common network devices.

Can Firewall as a Service Fuel Your MSP?

Under director Leigh Wood’s watch, Node IT Solutions went from reselling Fortinet firewalls in 2014 to having every client signed up for Node’s firew

Why Your Client’s Firewall May Not Be Up to the Task of Network Security

A new Sophos report reveals IT pros can’t identify almost half (45%) of the traffic flowing through their networks. That’s a massive blind spot, espec

3 Switch Features You Should Never Change

In a handful of recent incidents, I helped clients troubleshoot network problems. The errors turned out to be switch features that were changed from t

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