A network cross connect. See Ethernet switch
In programming, a bit or byte used to keep track of some event. The term is sometimes synonymous with the branch command.
In programming, a statement that saves the programmer from having to write multiple compare statements. See event loop
A modifier of a command. For example, in the Windows/DOS command dir /p
is a switch that modifies the Dir command to pause after each screenful. See Dir
A mechanism that allows each key to be depressed on a keyboard. See mechanical keyboard
A mechanical or electronic device that directs the flow of electrical or optical signals from one side to the other. Switches with more than two ports, such as a LAN switch or PBX, are able to route traffic. See transistor
, Ethernet switch
and data switch
With regard to a simple on/off switch, remember... Open is "off." Closed is "on."
Mechanical and Semiconductor Switches
A Manual Switch
The semiconductor transistor performs the same function as a light switch on the wall. The switch is electronically closed by sending a pulse to the trigger. See transistor
This early switch panel from New York Electric Switchboard Company was used to manually open and close electric lines.