Switches are a key component of many business networks, as they connect multiple PCs, printers, access points, phones, lights, servers, and other hardware. Switches allow you to send and receive information (such as email) and access shared resources in a smooth, efficient, highly secure, and transparent manner.
A network switch—not to be confused with a light switch or a Nintendo Switch—is a box that you connect to your home router to gain more Ethernet ports. Think of it as functioning like a USB hub but for networking.
Because home routers usually come with three or four Ethernet ports built in, and because almost everything on a home network—laptops, phones, game consoles, streaming boxes, and smart-home accessories—uses Wi-Fi anyway, most people don’t need a network switch. But a switch is useful if your router doesn’t have enough Ethernet ports (like the Eero mesh router, which has only one port free after you've connected your modem), if you have a lot of wired devices in one place (such as in an entertainment center), if you’re trying to use wires to improve your speeds or cut down on wireless interference, or if you’re installing Ethernet ports in your home’s walls.
We all know that the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite are fantastic little pieces of hardware. However, there is a smattering of small complaints about these devices. One such gripe I have heard about more than a few times is that neither Switch offers any sort of built-in web browser. The good news is that you actually can use a web browser on your Switch, and you don't have to do anything as warranty breaking as hacking your gaming system. If you want to surf the net on your Switch or Switch Lite, here's how to do it.
It's important to note that, by accessing the web browser on a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite in this un-official way, you risk having your personal information tracked and stolen, as this is not a secure method of web browsing. Please don't use it without considering the risks.
What is a network switch?
To understand basic networking, you first need an answer to the question, What is a network switch?