A network power switch allows the user the ability to remotely power on or off a network device via the internet or a mobile phone. This is especially useful when a network locks up and needs to be restarted. remote switches can also have other features such as the ability to monitor power status.
Additional features can include the ability to manipulate the device. An example of this is raising or lowering the temperature of your thermostat, or even remotely turning a set of lights on or off at your home of office. No more having to turn around and go back to the office when you realize you forgot to turn the thermostat up before you left.
By setting both a user and an administrative level on your network switch you increase both usability and security. Normal users have the ability to power the device on or off. While administrators can actually alter parameters and configuration data as well as power the device on or off.
Service calls are a necessary evil, but if the administrator can solve the problem remotely, that saves both the administrator and the client time and money. Being able to remotely run a diagnostic and identify the potential problem insures that you will always arrive with the right tools for the job. A network switch can also be programmed to send emails alerting you to potential problems before they become actual problems.
The potential benefits of implementing a network switch are many. Not only do they allow you to work on problems without visiting the actual site, they do not take up much room and can be placed almost anywhere.