It’s well known in the IT realm that there is an important distinction between consumer and enterprise-grade solutions. Both serve different technological needs (and both can come with wildly different price tags.)
A business is a money-making machine, among other things. It needs to maintain this machine in such a way that minimizes downtime and unavailability. To maintain stability, additional funds should be invested in the business to keep its data secure, and the cogs continually running.
Homes don’t usually require such investments. Most decision-makers in a family won’t care if the router they bought from a local brick-and-mortar store supports VLANs or built-in intrusion prevention. As long as it connects their tablets and game systems to the Wi-Fi quickly, they’re happy.
Somewhere in The Middle
IT enthusiasts will generally find themselves somewhere in the middle of consumer and enterprise-grade solutions at home: a mix-up of different technologies, depending on their needs and experience.
For some, a network switch is useful at home.
While not many have the needs of a multi-billion dollar organization to run at its most efficient capacity in the basement of their home, it’s entertaining, educational and stimulating to expand our horizons in the comfort of our own home.
Take, for example, IT Specialist John Doe. Mr. Doe lives with his wife, Jane Doe, in a single family home in a suburb near a metropolitan city. They both have IT jobs downtown and gain some good experience and knowledge in their careers. However, their corporate jobs only require certain skillsets. John and Jane want to improve their skills and experience so they can advance in their careers.
John and Jane purchase a small micro server, a router and a couple switches. They run Wi-Fi on dual-band access points in various rooms and levels of their home, with CAT6 cables supplying network access to their access points from the switches.
From there, they configure the router to catch potential bad guys trying to enter their home network with the use of an intrusion detection system, and apply some firewall rules to limit access to their server to only the internal network in their home — no Internet access except through the VPN that their router is serving.
Welcome to the life of an IT geek. We have a passion for what we do, and the more we learn, the more we can share with others how to make their lives better with technology.
So the next time your spouse asks you for a shiny new switch, remember: education is one of the primary keys to success!