This is an incorrect description of switches and layers. Here is the OSI model which defines the layers.
Layer 1 is the phy (or physical) - basically about putting signals physically onto the medium - in this case, signals on the wire (but could also be airwaves).
A switch, unmanaged or managed, is fundamentally a layer 2 device. This layer is the data link layer and is responsible for interconnecting nodes. These devices move Ethernet data by means of switching the frames through a matrix.
Layer 3 communication is routing - this is the act of moving packets across multiple networks. Inter-networking.
Layers 4 and above are higher level functions that have to do with the data inside the packets (transport control, session control, etc) and the layers extend up to the application layer (L7) that actually parses and processed the data (say your web browser, for example).
The most basic switches (unmanaged) are L2 devices with no management or configuration, they act effectively as a splitter (at a logical level) to allow more nodes to be connected. Managed switches are also layer 2 devices, but add the ability to manage the switch operation and handle vlans. Most lower end managed switches (often called smart switches) do not perform routing or any advanced functions, they simply allow for the accommodation of multiple networks by means of 802.1q tagging. They allow the designation of which ports belong to which VLANs and can handle tagging and untagging of the Ethernet frames, but they keep each network segregated.
mid-to-high end managed switches may operate as L2+ devices which add some features to help offload some of the inter-networking burdens from the routers. This includes things like dhcp relay, protocol or MAC address based vlan assignments, and other such things. And as you get to the higher end of the managed switch category (think enterprise level), you may find L3 capable switches which basically blend the functions of routing and switching into one unit (not the same as a consumer router with a built-in switch). These are designed for handling offloading of routing responsibilities to improve the efficiency of very large networks.
For the purposes of this original thread, an unmanaged switch should work since they are simple, plug and play devices. If multiple networks are in use (VLANs), a managed switch is required, but any smart/managed switch can do the trick (provided that it is configured properly).