Packet switching on Local Area Networks used to connect computers, printers and servers within a building or campus. A switch serves as a controller, enables networked devices talking to each other efficiently. Through information sharing and resource allocation, switches save businesses money and increase employee productivity.
MAC filtering and other types of “port security” features which prevent MAC flooding
Use of Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) and Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technologies
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) monitoring of device and link health
Port mirroring (also known as: port monitoring, spanning port, SPAN port, roving analysis port or link mode port and remote RSPAN).
Packet Routing based on routing protocols, router acts as a dispatcher, choosing the best path for information to travel so it's received quickly as router connects between networks.
Call Processing act as Call Processor server
MPLS switching technology
Variety of WAN connection options
Link aggregation (also known as bonding, trunking or teaming) allows the use of multiple ports for the same connection achieving higher data transfer rates - VLAN settings. Creating VLANs can serve security and performance goals by reducing the size of the broadcast domain
802.1X network access control