Most of the time, we get confused between the network router and the network switch. Though, they seem similar, they have their own purpose and use. In this article, we will share with you the difference between the two devices, their use and how they can work together.

A ROUTER is a hardware device that connects computer network to the internet. It forwards and analyzes data packets between or within the network. A wireless router is normally used in residential or home. It is installed directly to your modem and it will allow all WiFi capable devices (laptop, desktop, gadgets, mobile phones, etc) to get on the Internet. On the other hand, most businesses used a stand-alone router to get a better performance between their networks. Since most businesses owned multiple computers, media players and account for employees’ mobile devices, they need a separate router to transmit all the data packets and to manage the traffic within the network. One of the advantages of a wireless router is that it has the ability to provide internet connectivity known as WiFi. Although, it can also be a disadvantage in terms of internet speed since the bandwidth is being divided.

A NETWORK SWITCH is a hardware device that connects devices on a computer network. A network switch adds more ports to your router that allows multiple wired devices to be connected in one place. Network switch is commonly used in businesses most especially to those who’d like a wired connection instead of wireless. One advantage of having a network switch is being able to connect more wired devices with a better internet speed. Wired connections perform faster and more efficiently than the wireless ones.

In simple terms, a network switch allows multiple devices to connect to the network while the network router allows multiple networks become connected. Hopefully, this basic explanation helps you see that having these two devices together can give you the best speed and connectivity. Utilizing both a router and a switch reduces downtime and traffic within the network.


  • Physical damage
  • Low signal or bandwidth congestion
  • Incompatible router, cables and adapter settings


  • Damage device
  • Dying switch
  • Faulty power supply

Both a router and a switch can last for about 5 years. However, it is always best to have them check by an I.T. expert from time to time to get the best performance in terms of internet connectivity.

Should you encounter any issues or want to inquire on installation/service, Jackson Technologies is the right team to call. Our I.T. professionals are ready to work with you and provide nothing less than the quality service that – you deserve

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