LAN Switching

Layer8 Does Layer2 (and more)

The art of designing and implementing switched networks is practically in our DNA. As proud partners of industry giants like Fortinet, Cisco, Aruba, and Juniper, we’re ready to support any manufacturer’s switch technology today.

VLAN vs. VXLAN: What’s the Difference?

Wondering how to tell VLANs and VXLANs apart? Virtual local area networks (VLANs) are the time-tested layer2 broadcast domains extensively used today, serving as a go-to tool for network segmentation. On the other hand, Virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) is a modern data center protocol that uses tunneling to extend layer2 connections (VLANs) across an underlying layer3 network.

Beware Misconfigured LAN Switches

Picture this: A poorly designed or misconfigured switch turns your network into a ticking time bomb of vulnerabilities. We’re talking about spanning-tree issues, duplex mismatches, and chaos with desk-attached switches. Let Layer8 safeguard your network and avoid these all-too-common pitfalls.

Wireless Access Points, Cameras and Phones Battle for Power

Today’s switches can supply Power over Ethernet (PoE) to network devices. This realm of PoE features various versions and power levels, including the newest power-hungry WiFi 6e access points. The PoE landscape can feel like a dense jungle, but don’t worry, Layer8 can help you navigate it with recommendations and options to modernize your switched networks.