How to choose the best switch for your home network

Previously, data “flew” over the network, now it “crawls”. What's the matter if the computer has become more powerful?

Dynamic (video) and static (ultra-high resolution photos) "weigh" hundreds of gigabytes and "slow down" the connection. The data transfer rate is increasing. But the average file weight grows even faster. I started looking for equipment that will close the issue of network performance for years.

The main advantage of 10 GbE is speed. And more and more tasks for which a gigabit network is not enough. Video clarity is growing, and there are more virtual reality applications and 360-degree cameras.

How to choose the best switch for your home network

In 2022, the trend will continue to develop. Speed ​​is the most obvious, but not the only plus.

Simple virtualization

10G hardware reduces the need for local servers. The effect is achieved through virtualized network applications and distributed storage area networks (SANs). At speeds of 10/100/1000 Mbps, this approach is impractical. But it easily becomes viable with 10 Gigabit hardware.

Increased scalability

The 10G standard has been designed with the growing bandwidth needs in mind. Thanks to virtualization, up to eight 10 GbE switches can be combined into one virtual switch with a fantastic 80 Gbps throughput. This will be enough for almost any company for many years.

I did not wait for the moment when the gigabit network would slow down the work. I pumped my home network up to 10 Gbps in advance. I test 10 GbE equipment, and immediately share my impressions with the subscribers and readers of the "System Administrator's Blog". A switch is an inconspicuous, but important network node, which must be chosen responsibly.

If the NAS and PC already support 10 GbE, but the switch does not, then there will be no high speed. Therefore, we need a multi-gigant one that is capable of working in 10G, 5G, 2.5G networks. Support for gigabit and 100 megabits is also required. After all, you will have to connect not only the server and workstation, but also other devices.

The 12-pin I tested has Zyxel XGS1250-12 three multi-gigabit ports. Enough for NAS, test bench and Wi-Fi 6 hotspot for phones and tablets. The footage from the iPhone instantly flies into the NAS.

Zyxel XGS1250-12
Zyxel XGS1250-12

There are also 8 standard Gigabit Ethernet connectors on board. Enough for computers and TV. When I work, they watch a movie in another room. Neither the movie nor the project slows down or freezes.

The switch is manageable, which made it possible to customize it for your tasks. It is possible to control access and prioritize tasks. Web based management is better for novice users. No need to learn complicated software. It's no more difficult to set up a profile on a social network. It is enough just for half an hour to get distracted from other affairs and read what's what on the Internet.

I'm making a video. Raw 4K footage is very heavy. It takes a long time to drive from server to computer even over a gigabit cable. With 10 GbE, I don't feel the difference between a file on a local SSD of a PC and in a NAS memory.

In testing, the highest speed was observed with a network card Zyxel XGN100C.

Zyxel XGN100C
Zyxel XGN100C

In the video, he showed in detail what the 10Gbps switch is capable of:

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