For 16 and 24 port switches you are going to find the same: Netgear is so far beyond the competition, and so much cheaper than anything out there, that is amazes me that anyone else makes cheap unmanaged switches. Unless you need a cheap managed switch, there just are not any other real options on the market.Useful info to have, but there's a lot more switches out there than this. 8 port switches are only big enough for the living room.
Streaming media player
Home theater PC
8 port barely does it for the living room. We need some reviews of 16 and 24 port gigabit switches for the home, plus I'm sick and tired of gigabit and want 10GBE already, but all of the equipment seems horrifically expensive or has flaky drivers.
What' is good in 10GBE both adapters and switches?
People like heatsinksHow is the lack of heatsink a 'con' when there is no significant heat even without one? If no heatsink is necessary to keep temperatures reasonable, putting a heatsink in is just a waste of material and an unnecessary cost since it won't improve performance or reliability in any way.
You would be hard-pressed to saturate a Gb internet connection, but it would help to at least have more network bandwidth than you have internet bandwidth just in case. Downloads can easily use several times more bandwidth than a 4K stream, you might have multiple downloads running at once while streaming, and so on.Right now you can get 10GbE adapters for your computer for a reasonable price for used equipment ($20-$50), it really is the switches which are ridiculous. Overall though for the most part, it's only some fringe use cases where a home user might need 10GbE ethernet.
First - unless you have some insane connection to the outside world, the most you can really get right now as far as internet speeds is 1Gb anyhow. That becomes your choke point.
Next, overall, video is the most demanding when it comes to traffic, and the average bitrate requirement for 4k streaming comes in somewhere around 15Mbit. Doing the math, that means an average 1Gbit connection could support about 60 concurrent streams. Your average home WON'T be doing that. Honestly, a small apartment complex wouldn't even hit that.
Now, who knows what the future will bring, perhaps some killer app might require that kind of bandwidth, but right now it's not here for the majority of the people. That doesn't mean that we should stop developing and investing in increased bandwidth, but right now 10GbE is a bit over the top for a home network.
I hope you mean 'downloads' inside your own network such as streaming a movie from your NAS to your HTPC. If you are suggesting a Gb switch would aid in downloading multiple items from the net whilst streaming from the net then that would not be the case. What might help in that situation would be a router with QoS capabilities where a rule could be created prioritising 'netflix' for example.You would be hard-pressed to saturate a Gb internet connection, but it would help to at least have more network bandwidth than you have internet bandwidth just in case. Downloads can easily use several times more bandwidth than a 4K stream, you might have multiple downloads running at once while streaming, and so on
Really depends on the mode used when you do a LACP 802.3ad configuration. First you will need a managed switch to do it properly, and then some knowledge on how your traffic will be shaped. In Round-Robin mode both the network switch and the host server alternate which interface they send packets down, other modes use hash's based on various header information. RR mode will let you use both ports for a single connection, which is what you probably desire but isn't very useful in an enterprise environment.When I looked into ganging, I found that it cannot be used to speed up transfers of single files, which is my primary use case. It's mainly useful for fileservers supporting many clients. Reading about setup and the mechanics of it, it struck me as the kind of thing one would rather not do if it can be avoided.blazorthon :Of course, GbE port ganging
I bought a 16-port Dlink switch a while ago, it sucked, just wouldn't work properly. Sent it back, bought a 16-port Netgear which worked great. Originally bought the DLink because it was cheaper, but what's the point if it doesn't work. Had no problems with the Netgear. My old switch was a 48-port Netgear (bought used for 95 ages ago), really only wanted to get something smaller to ease power consumption, and then sell off the 48port.Thanks for the article. I wouldn't mind seeing one of the entry-level D-Link's thrown in there too next go around. ...
That's a dangerously naive statement. A 1 Gb/s Ethernet 802.3ab connection is only capable of transmitting up to 1 Gb/s including protocol overhead.In theory, a 1Gb/s connection should be able to move 1 Gb/s.