Should you buy a managed or unmanaged network switch?

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Here's what you need to know about the differences between a managed and unmanaged switch when looking to create a Local Area Network.
Switches are boxes that connect a number of other devices together on a Local Area Network (LAN) and utilize what is called packet switching to effectively forward data to and from said connections. The easiest way to think about a switch is to look at a LAN event where gaming PCs or consoles are hooked up to switches and hubs to connect with one another.

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