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Ce pack Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe est parfait pour les fêtes (270 € au lieu de 300) - Numerama

2 décembre 2021 à 15:25

[Le Deal du Jour] Vous êtes en pleine réflexion de cadeaux de Noël et vous ne savez pas vers quoi vous tourner ? Nous vous proposons l'un des meilleurs deals du moment côté console de jeu avec ce pack regroupant une Nintendo Switch et le jeu Mario Kart 8 Deluxe pour le prix de la console seule. [Lire la suite]

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Vous cherchez un jeu vidéo à offrir à Noël ? Nos conseils pour faire (vraiment) plaisir

26 novembre 2021 à 15:27

Offrir un cadeau à Noël n'est pas toujours très facile, alors on vous aide à choisir un bon jeu vidéo qui fera plaisir, à coup sûr, à votre proche. [Lire la suite]

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Quelle console acheter à la place de la PS5 et de la Xbox Series X ?

22 novembre 2021 à 11:16

La PlayStation 5 et la Xbox Series X continueront d'être difficiles à trouver pendant un moment. Heureusement qu'il existe des alternatives intéressantes. [Lire la suite]

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QNAP QSW-1108-8T – Switch 8 ports à 2,5 Gb/s à 175€

4 novembre 2021 à 07:00
Par : Fx
QNAP QSW-1108-8TLe QNAP QSW-1108-8T est un switch doté de 8 ports compatibles 2,5 Gb/s. Ce nouveau produit est non administrable, comme le QSW-1105-5T. Il se destine aux particuliers et aux petites entreprises. Il est déjà disponible en précommande, avec une livraison sous 15 jours. Le prix annoncé est de 175€… QNAP QSW-1108-8T Le fabricant de NAS continue la démocratisation du Multi-Gig. Il nous revient aujourd’hui avec un nouveau switch 8 ports compatibles 2,5 Gb/s, 1 Gb/s, 100 Mb/s et 10 Mb/s. […]

Activer / Désactiver le réseau en 1 clic sous Windows

9 octobre 2021 à 09:00
Par : Korben

Si vous êtes sous Windows, il peut vous arriver de vouloir couper votre connexion Internet d’un seul clic en cas d’urgence. La plupart des gens éteindront l’ordinateur, d’autres arracheront le câble réseau avec les dents ou pulvériseront la box Internet avec une masse.

Mais pas besoin d’en arriver là. Si vous êtes sous Windows, vous pouvez mettre en place un simple « kill switch » sous la forme d’un raccourci qui désactivera l’interface réseau que vous utilisez. Cela peut être du wifi, de l’Ethernet…etc, ce que vous voulez.

Alors comment ça fonctionne ?

Et bien tout d’abord, notez dans un coin le nom de votre interface réseau. Ici chez moi c’est Ethernet0.

Puis faites un clic droit sur votre bureau et créez un nouveau raccourci.

Entrez ensuite la commande suivante dans le champ prévu à cet effet.

C:\\Windows\\System32\\netsh.exe interface set interface name="NOM_INTERFACE" admin = disabled

Pensez bien à remplacer NOM_INTERFACE par le nom de votre interface réseau et à mettre le paramètre admin = disabled.

Une fois que c’est fait, validez la création du raccourci, puis refaites un clic droit dessus et allez dans les propriétés de celui-ci. Cliquez alors sur le bouton « Avancé » et cochez la case « Exécuter en tant qu’administrateur ». Validez toutes les fenêtres en cliquant sur « OK » et voilà.

En double cliquant sur ce raccourci, votre connexion réseau sera immédiatement interrompue.

Maintenant si vous voulez la réactiver à tout moment, et bien c’est exactement la même procédure sauf qu’au lieu de mettre admin=disabled, et bien vous mettez admin=enabled.

C:\\Windows\\System32\\netsh.exe interface set interface name="NOM_INTERFACE" admin = enable

Et voilà, vous avez maintenant un interrupteur pour activer ou désactiver votre connexion réseau quand bon vous semble en un clic.

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QNAP QSW-IM1200-8C : nouveau switch full 10 Gb/s à 849€

21 septembre 2021 à 07:00
Par : Fx
QNAP QSW-IM1200-8CQNAP vient d’annonce un nouveau produit : le QSW-IM1200-8C. Il s’agit d’un switch full 10GbE de 12 ports (4 ports SFP+ et 8 ports combo SFP+/RJ45) administrable. Très complet, le boîtier se fera discret puisqu’il ne dispose d’aucun ventilateur… QNAP QSW-IM1200-8C Le fabricant de NAS continue son aventure dans le domaine des switchs. Il avait créé la surprise en mai 2018 en se lançant sur ce marché. Avec une petite vingtaine de modèles aujourd’hui, QNAP s’inscrit dans la durée et […]

Asustor lance le switch ASW205T avec 5 ports 2,5 Gb/s

9 septembre 2021 à 07:00
Par : Fx
ASUSTOR ASW205TAsustor vient d’annoncer l’arrivée de son premier switch. Le fabricant de NAS continue de diversifier ses activités. Le Switch’nstor, oui c’est son nom, est un petit switch non administrable de 5 ports 2,5 Gb/s animé par deux puces Realtek RTL8731 et RTL8221B. Son prix : 118€ en France. Switch’nstor = ASW205T Asustor se lance sur le marché des switchs et cela peut surprendre. Asustor, c’est avant tout un constructeur de NAS depuis 2011. Plus récemment, il s’est aussi lancé dans […]

New Asustor 2.5Gbe Unmanaged ASW205T Switch Released – The Switch’nstor

8 septembre 2021 à 12:50

Asustor Reveal the Switch’stor ASW205T 2.5Gbe Unmanaged Network Switch

Already a well-established brand in the world of network-attached storage (NAS), Asustor has just launched their first network switch, the ASW205T 2.5Gbe Unmanaged 5 port switch. Named the Switch’stor (in line with their recent NAS releases in the Lockerstor, Drivestor and Nimbustor), the ASW205T arrives in an incredibly compact, fanless silent design and unsurprisingly features 2.5-gigabit ethernet on all ports. I say it is unsurprisingly as they were one of the very first brands to full integrate 2.5Gbe across their entire hardware range and currently the majority of their solutions offer 2.5GbE at the same price point as others offering 1Gbe. Therefore if/when they were going to enter the switch market, they were always going to have 2.5G as the minimum baseline. So, what do we know about the Asustor ASW205T, how does it compare with QNAP’s own 2.5Gbe offering in the QSW-1105-5T switch and is this the start of a new range of solutions from one of the best value brands in NAS? Let’s have a look.

Highlights of the Asustor 2.5Gbe Network Switch:

  • Contains Realtek 2.5GbE controllers for efficient performance
  • Red 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports for an Enthusiast vibe
  • Double network performance by combining with a 2.5GbE NAS and USB adapter
  • Five 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports – Providing 25 gbps in total performance
  • Compatible with Cat 5e cables
  • Silent and fanless – seamless in any environment
  • Can be mounted on walls
  • Durable and aesthetically pleasing metal housing

What are the Asustor Switchstor ASW205T Switch Specifications?

As you might expect from an unmanaged 5 port switch, the specifications for the Asustor ASW205T Switchstor are quite modest, but they still manage to make an impression on this scale. One of the most important factors of upgrading to 2.5Gbe is that it is a smooth transition from an existing 1Gbe network. Unlike the larger scale up to 10Gbe for most home/business users, 2.5Gbe is considered a smaller upgrade and therefore there is a balance of hardware cost vs necessity to keep in mind. Below are the specifications of the Asustor ASW205T network switch:

• Management Type: Unmanaged

• Chipset : RTL8731+RTL8221B

• Number of Ports:5

• Speed: 2.5Gbps /1Gbps / 100M

• Jumbo Frames: 12K

• Supported Standards =  IEEE 802.3bz (2.5GBase-T), IEEE 802.3x (Full-Duplex Flow Control)

• Switching Capacity: 25Gbps

• MAC Address Table: 16K

• Total Non-Blocking Throughput: 12.5Gbps

• Packet Buffer Memory: 4.1Mbit

• Packet Forwarding Rate:18.6Mpps

• Advanced Features: IEEE 802.3X Flow Control

• Dimension: 90 x 140 x 28 (mm)

• Power Supply Description: External Adapter

• Max. Power Consumption: 10W

• Fanless: Yes

• LED Indicators =  Power, Speed / Activity

Now, the ASW205T is incredibly similar to the QNAP QSW-1105-5T switch and genuinely, in terms of hardware you are going to have very little to choose between here. However, QNAP has a few more years of experience in network switches under the belt, but all pricing indications seem to point that the Asustor Swithstor will come in at $10 less.

When Will the Switch’stor ASW205T Asustor 2.5Gbe Switch Be Released?

All indications point that the Asustor Switchstor ASW205T 2.5Gbe network switch is available to order right now, though the only outlet listing it is their own accessories site at this stage. You can find out more information on this here – https://shop.asustor.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_116&product_id=110/

 

How Much will the Asustor 2.5G ASW205T Switch’stor Switch be?

Although 2.5Gbe is not new, it is still worth highlighting that the cost of 2.5 in most cases is still a tiny fraction more than 1Gbe alternatives. This is understandable, given the 2.5x potential bandwidth, but still, buyers expect that 2.5Gbe should be the default standard in hardware right now in 2021/2022. The current pricing shows the Asustor ASW205T Switch is available for $129, which although cheaper than most a 1G+10G unmanaged combo switch or PoE alternative, is still perhaps a pinch higher in price than some might like.

However, it is important to remember that there are only about 3-4 5 Port 2.5Gbe unmanaged switches on the market right now and that rarity is clearly reflected in the price, as it will allow most 1Gbe users right now to gradually scale their network hardware clients up in a much more modular fashion. Add to that the fact that the majority of modern Asustor NAS solutions and ASUS hardware solutions released recently all have 2.5Gbe (as well as Asustors own 2.5Gbe to USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter for $25-30 that is supported by NAS, PC, Linux and Mac) and that price tag becomes a little more palatable as a who network environment upgrade. We hope to provide a full review and testing of the Asustor Switch’stor ASW205T soon for our final verdict.

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A Monster’s Expedition

7 septembre 2021 à 09:00
Par : Remouk

Vous le savez, chaque semaine j’anime avec Remouk de DansTonChat, l’émission Webosaures sur Twitch. On s’amuse et c’est vraiment cool de pouvoir faire ça avec lui. Aujourd’hui un article un peu spécial puisque pour une fois je n’en suis pas l’auteur. En effet, Remouk a bien voulu partager avec vous son expérience du jeu. Bonne lecture.

Il y a bientôt 1 an est sorti un jeu PC drôlement chouette, j’y ai même joué en live sur ma chaîne Twitch, et malgré ça pfff peu de gens le connaissent… Là, les développeurs viennent d’ajouter pas mal de contenu, et aussi de sortir une version sur Switch, alors je me suis dit que c’était l’occasion ou jamais de vous parler de mon chouchou de l’année 2020 : A Monster’s Expedition.

Pour résumer très rapidement, c’est un jeu de réflexion suuuuuper zen. Ambiance très calme, réflexion posée, on se creuse les méninges mais sans aucune pression, sans énervement. 👌😑👌 Le principe de base est extrêmement simple : on doit créer des ponts pour passer d’un îlot à l’autre, en poussant ou en faisant rouler des troncs d’arbre.

Bien sûr, au fur et à mesure de notre progression, on va découvrir d’autres mécaniques de jeu amenées de manière logique et intelligente, et surtout, si on est bloqué, on est dans un monde ouvert donc on peut aller ailleurs et avancer quand même : pas de frustration.

Enfin, l’archipel où nous sommes est un musée. On va donc se balader et découvrir des objets laissés par une ancienne civilisation étrange : les humains. L’interprétation et l’utilité des objets en question est souvent complètement à côté de la plaque, je me suis bien marré à lire ces petites conneries (d’ailleurs, la traduction en français est super réussie). 😁

Le jeu est dispo chez itch.io, Steam, Epic, Apple Arcade et maintenant Switch, vous n’avez aucune excuse.

Prochaine fois, pour changer, c’est promis je vous parlerai d’un jeu pas zen du tout !

Test de New Pokemon Snap

3 septembre 2021 à 09:00
Par : Remouk

Vous le savez, chaque semaine j’anime avec Remouk de DansTonChat, l’émission Webosaures sur Twitch. On s’amuse et c’est vraiment cool de pouvoir faire ça avec lui. Aujourd’hui un article un peu spécial puisque pour une fois je n’en suis pas l’auteur. En effet, Remouk a bien voulu partager avec vous son expérience du jeu. Bonne lecture.

Je ne vais pas vous faire l’affront de vous présenter Pokémon… Mais le dernier spin-off de la licence, New Pokémon Snap sur la Switch, m’a bien plu et je me suis dit que ça pourrait vous intéresser !

Même si le concept existait déjà sur Nintendo 64 avec Pokémon Snap, ce New Pokémon Snap est tout de même assez original : pas de bastonnade au tour par tour, pas de capture, pas d’exploration… Ici, le gameplay ressemble à un rail shooter (à la House of the Dead, voire Operation Wolf pour les plus anciens) sauf qu’on est dans une ambiance à la cool en mode safari. 📸🦁

En effet, on travaille en tant que photographe pour le professeur Miroir et son assistante Rita, au laboratoire Pokémon de sciences naturelles de Lentis, une région composée d’îles très différentes (forêt, jungle, désert, plage, océan, volcan…). Tant de variété, ça tombe bien, ça nous fera voir du paysage. 🙂

On va essayer de compléter notre Pokédex, d’en apprendre plus sur la Pokéfaune locale, mais aussi d’observer l’étrange phénomène Lumina qui semble toucher certains Pokémon… Pour se faire, on se balade en Neo-One, un véhicule amphibien auto-piloté aux capacités surprenantes (no spoil !).

On peut interagir de différentes manières avec les Pokémon que l’on croise, ou bien les laisser tranquille, le but étant d’obtenir la meilleure photo ; parce que ouais, nos clichés sont ensuite notés par le prof en fonction de plein de paramètres (angle, cadrage, pose, nombre de Pokémon, etc.), et c’est en obtenant de bons scores que l’on progressera dans le jeu. 👨‍🏫

Malgré l’aspect redondant (rail shooter oblige), on ne perd pas l’envie de rejouer pour tenter de nouvelles choses, d’obtenir le meilleur score et de tout découvrir. Niveau contenu, on en a pour son argent, encore plus avec la MAJ gratuite tombée récemment. Facile à prendre en main, mignon comme tout, c’est un bon petit jeu, parfait pour se détendre !

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Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch Review

27 août 2021 à 02:00

Ovolink 8-Port PoE OL-GS1110P Managed Switch Review – Too Good to be true?

Even as you read this you almost certainly have a device that is similar in architecture to a switch in your home or office. From your ISP router to a basic box creating a private network for your devices, you are almost certainly using a switch or hub network of devices in one form or another. Ethernet switches are a physical and dedicated representation of that and have been available almost from the moment that Ethernet came into existence. This only makes sense. Without a switch, an Ethernet cable is only useful for connecting one device to another. If you’re trying to create a network, that’s a non-starter. But there have been significant advances in the technology since that time. The most obvious advances have been in speed. The first Ethernet cables and switches only operated at 10 Mbps. Since then, we’ve gotten 100 Mbps, and now Gigabit, which works out to 1,000 Mbps. But there have been other advances that are almost as important. One of these advances is the advent of power over the internet (PoE). With POE technology, you can connect network devices without the need to plug them into an outlet. This eliminates tangled cables. And it means you can avoid having to put power outlets in awkward locations, like over a hung ceiling. But PoE requires specialized hardware that’s capable of pushing an electrical current through an Ethernet cable. Today, we’ll be looking at one such device, the OvoLink 8 PoE Port Smart Managed Gigabit Switch. As its name implies, this is an 8-port switch that provides gigabit speeds with PoE. But what else is it capable of? We dug deep and found out. But to get the most out of your gigabit Ethernet, you’re going to need gigabit Ethernet in your PC. Not long ago, we reviewed the Best PCIe Gigabit Ethernet NICs that money can buy. Any of those choices will have you well set-up to get the most from your gigabit connection.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch – Quick Conclusion

To begin with, it’s very well-engineered, even by enterprise standards. The operating temperature range, for example, is truly insane. When are you ever going to see temperatures below -40, or higher than 167? Even if you’re running a server farm in the Sahara desert without air conditioning, you’ll be just fine. The configuration software is also a great feature. Most switches allow some level of customization, but few offer this many enterprise-grade features. Homeowners probably won’t need to change any settings. But for professional network engineers, these features are essential. The OvoLink 8 PoE Port Smart Managed Gigabit Switch is one of the more interesting devices I’ve seen lately. It was nice to be able to present people with a viable option for a PoE switch. But there’s a lot more to recommend this switch than just a few watts of power.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch PROS Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch CONS
  • Good Price Point for a PoE Switch
  • An affordable Managed Switch Entry point for NAS
  • SFP+ inclusion is a nice touch
  • Robust Physical Design
  • Impressive Low Heat generation considering it’s PoE
  • Additional 1Gbe Uplink Port is a nice extra
  • Software GUI is a little basic and Dated
  • PoE output seems a little low/SMB for more than Home Users at 120W

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Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch Review – Packaging

The retail box of the Ovolink PoE switch is pretty understated, to say the least. It is a rather underwhelming and what I would have expected from a piece of hardware that is more focused on functionality than an aesthetical appeal on the shelf of your local IT store. It’s quite a compact box, even for something as compact as a network switch and the contents are pretty well separated structurally.

The switch is located at the top as soon as you open and underneath the accessories and instructions are in divided partitions in the cardboard outer. The Plastic bag that the ovolink PoE managed switch was little cheap looking, but this could well just be because I had a sample for this review.

When I unboxed the whole contents, the first thing that stood out for me was that PSU. This shouldn’t be a big surprise, as this device requires additional power for the power over ethernet service, but still, it is a rather bg PSU. Alongside this, there is also an instruction manual, warranty information, screws and brackets.

The external PSU is fairly standard and is also a 2 piece setup, with a standard 3 pin kettle plug connector, which will be different depending on your country of purchase. It’s fairly non-descript unsurprisingly kept as an external PSU to keep the heat low whilst the device is in operation. Typically PoE switches do get a little hot and this will serve as a means to keep this under control.

Overall, the retail kit of the Ovolink 8-port PoE switch is fairly standard and, although a bit underwhelming, is fairly normal for a device of this nature.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch Review – Design

The OvoLink 8 PoE Port Switch measures 8.1 inches in width, 4.1 inches in depth, and 1.1 inches in height. This is less than half the width of a standard server rack. So while the OvoLink has the necessary screws and threaded holes for mounting, you’ll need an adapter. Alternatively, you can mount this switch on a wall, or simply set it on a desk or another flat surface. It weighs only 2.78 pounds, so it’s lightweight enough that weight is not going to be a concern.

The case is constructed from anodized aluminium, with a textured black finish that’s very durable. On both sides, you’ll find the mounting screws and threaded holes. There’s no fan inside since none is required. The OvoLink runs cool, and won’t overheat under any normal conditions. This keeps it quiet, so you can use it in an office or other workspace without causing any distractions.

 

The aluminum case is also resistant to corrosion, so you won’t need to worry about rust. This will be true even if it’s exposed to humidity. On the back, you’ll find a port for the power supply. You’ll also find a gigabit Ethernet input port, 8 gigabit Ethernet output ports, and an SFP port. Each of the Ethernet ports has a pair of LED lights next to it. The green light indicates that there’s an active data connection. The yellow light indicates that the switch is sending PoE to that device.

The SFP port is a particularly attractive feature. While most devices will connect via Ethernet, you may need a fiber-optic connection. Through the SFP port, you can attach adapters for fiber-optic and other different connection types. You’ll be perfectly positioned to use just about any type of connection imaginable. That said, many of these connections will require some tweaking in the cloud-based configuration software. We’ll talk about configuration a bit more towards the end.

The OvoLink Switch is designed to operate under just about any conditions. It’s rated to function in temperatures from -40 to 167 degrees Fahrenheit. It will also operate in anywhere from 5 to 95 percent humidity without developing any condensation. Now, data centers are climate-controlled, so this typically shouldn’t be necessary. However, your switch may not be located in a data center. If you happen to need a switch in an outbuilding or other non-climate-controlled space, you’ll still be just fine. You’ll also receive excellent surge and lightning protection. The surge protector on the OvoLink is capable of absorbing up to 6KV of extra voltage. So even if lightning strikes your data center, it won’t fry all your connected devices.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch Review – Performance

All eight of the OvoLink’s ports are adaptive. This means that they’ll switch automatically between 10, 100, and 1,000 Mbps depending on what type of device is connected. They also support a wide variety of Ethernet standards. These include standard Ethernet, 100Base-TX, 100Base-FX, Flow Control, 1000Base-T, and both 802.3af and 802.1at Ethernet PoE standards. To put that in plain English, you can plug just about anything into the OvoLink, and it will be plug-and-play. The power input on the OvoLink provides 60 volts of power, more than you’ll need for PoE purposes.

That said, the total wattage is your main limitation. Each individual device can draw up to 30 watts. However, the total limit of the entire OvoLink switch is 120 watts. So you’ll only be able to connect up to 4 devices at a full 30 watts. That said, not all devices are going to draw anywhere close to 30 watts. If you need 15 watts or less, you’ll be able to power all eight devices without any issues.

But let’s say you need more than 120 watts of total power. How are you going to make that happen? The answer is to use a gigabit PoE injector. These tools will add additional power to the Ethernet line, powering more devices.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch Review – Software

Like most advanced Ethernet switches, the OvoLink can be configured with a wide variety of different options. This isn’t strictly necessary. If you’re running a simple home network, the default settings should work just fine. But corporate networks often have special equipment that requires their own special protocols. In this case, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck by configuring your switch manually. To that end, the OvoLink works with cloud-based configuration software that offers plenty of options.

To begin with, you can switch between multiple protocols. These include SNMP, STP, LACP, ARP, DHCP, and LLDP. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry about it. As we said, home users aren’t going to need to worry about this. But enterprise users will appreciate the ability to set up individual ports to use discrete protocols. So you can use different settings for routers and switches than you would for connected “internet of things” devices.

There are also additional security features available through the OvoLink management software. You can prevent broadcast storms, which is what happens when there’s too much data going over the wires at once. These incidents are the bane of network engineers everywhere, and it’s nice to see OvoLink taking that into account. On a similar note, you can perform basic network optimization tasks. Prioritize some connections over others, or simply set limits to the speed of individual devices. These tools can go a long way towards maximizing your network’s efficiency.

The primary limitation of Ethernet is its limited range. At anything past 100 feet, the signal quickly starts to degrade, quickly reducing your speeds to dialup levels or worse. For a run of that length, you have a couple of options. First, you could install additional switches and routers. These will boost the signal, allowing for longer range. But each switch or router you use is going to introduce some level of latency. Over very long distances, this is simply untenable. Thankfully, there’s a solution. You can use fiber connections for these longer runs, vastly improving performance. If that’s what you need, consider adding an Ethernet fiber media converter to your network. These devices make it easy to build a network that’s part Ethernet, part fiber-optic.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch Review – Conclusion

The OvoLink 8 PoE Port Smart Managed Gigabit Switch is one of the more interesting devices we’ve seen lately. We review a lot of PoE devices. So it was nice to be able to present people with a viable option for a PoE switch. But there’s a lot more to recommend this switch than just a few watts of power.

To begin with, it’s very well-engineered, even by enterprise standards. The operating temperature range, for example, is truly insane. When are you ever going to see temperatures below -40, or higher than 167? Even if you’re running a server farm in the Sahara desert without air conditioning, you’ll be just fine. The configuration software is also a great feature. Most switches allow some level of customization, but few offer this many enterprise-grade features. Homeowners probably won’t need to change any settings. But for professional network engineers, these features are essential.

Finally, it’s just plain versatile. Want to mount it in a rack? You can do that easily. Want to set it on a flat surface? It will stay put. Want to hang it on the wall? Knock yourself out! You aren’t tied into any one configuration, so you can easily make the OvoLink work for your needs.

Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch PROS Ovolink 8-Port PoE Smart Managed Switch CONS
  • Good Price Point for a PoE Switch
  • An affordable Managed Switch Entry point for NAS
  • SFP+ inclusion is a nice touch
  • Robust Physical Design
  • Impressive Low Heat generation considering it’s PoE
  • Additional 1Gbe Uplink Port is a nice extra
  • Software GUI is a little basic and Dated
  • PoE output seems a little low/SMB for more than Home Users at 120W

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Guide to the Best Cheap Switches You Can Buy Right Now in 2021

14 juillet 2021 à 11:00

A Guide to the Best Low Price Switches You Can Buy

If you are looking to buy a new network switch for your home or business needs, then chances are that you have noticed that the prices of these devices fluctuate all over the place. You can pick up a switch for his little as $30 or as much as $1000 and yet they look remarkably similar. Most people don’t even really want to have a particularly fully featured network switch and are just looking for an easy, reliable and cheap switch for the network setup. I have tested and reviewed hundreds of different switches over the last few years and today I want to recommend the best cheap switches you can buy that are still very good. Below I will cover everything from Gigabit to 10Gbe, from managed to unmanaged and from home to business. So if you are looking for a cheap switch that is going to do the jobs you need without fail, there’s a very good chance you will find it below. Let’s get started.

Important – Many of these switches I have personally used, tested for YouTube, reviewed or have found numerous good reviews online. However, I have not selected just the cheapest switch based on just price alone, but rather the lowest price switch that is STILL GOOD – so ultimately the best value network switch you can buy for each environment/setup. There is an important difference between value and low-price, with the former meaning ‘good for the cost’ and the latter being ‘low cost for other reasons’. So, take that into consideration when looking at the solutions below. Additionally, each recommended network switch type will feature an unmanaged option (i.e has no software or graphical user interface via app/computer, everything is fixed in terms of control) and an unmanaged option (i.e features software control, link aggregation, layered security, priority settings, etc). Typically the unmanaged version will be noticeably cheaper and run much more quietly, but the managed switch will have a great degree of control and customizable security and performance.

Best Cheap But Good 1Gbe Network Switch

If you are ONLY looking for an insanely cheap switch that is reliable, setup+forget and one you can get for just a few bucks, then you really are spoilt for choice. For simple gigabit connectivity of up to 5 devices, there are plenty of switches available in the market. However, the key thing to look for is lifetime warranty coverage and to make sure that the switch can handle at least 100MBs for each port – as many particularly budget switch options hide total switching-capacity in the specifications and often will bottleneck when multiple connections are active at once. So don’t ruin things for yourself in an effort to save just $5-10 along the way.

Best Unmanaged Best Managed
NETGEAR 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet

Unmanaged Switch (GS305)

NETGEAR 5-Port Gigabit

Ethernet Plus Switch (GS305E)

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Best Cheap But Good 2.5Gbe Network Switch

Although 2.5Gbe has existed for quite a while, its appearance on the affordable home market is relatively new. Now that we are seeing more motherboards, routers and NAS server drives arrived with 2.5Gbe onboard at the same price as 1Gb, the demand for 2.5G network switches has grown to meet it. There are several different 2.5G switches on the market right now, however many capitalise on the current rarity of this kind of switch and are either overpriced or are cheaper builds that might struggle later. It has to be said that QNAP has really cornered the market in this area and have several 2.5Gbe solutions in their portfolio ranging from highly economical home devices to affordable Business solutions. There are lots of cheap 2.5G switches in the market right now but in terms of the best value for money, I would still recommend the QNAP QSW switches.

 

Best Unmanaged Best Managed
QNAP QSW-1105-5T 5-Port

2.5Gbps Auto-Negotiation

QNAP QSW-M2108-2S Managed Switch

8 port 2.5Gbps, 2 port 10Gbps SFP+

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Best Cheap But Good Home 1G+10Gbe Network Switch

The demand for combo switches has grown noticeably in recent years, as many users wish to integrate 10Gbe setups into the home office and SMB setups, but do not feel the necessity or budget to fully integrate their entire architecture towards 10-gigabit in its entirety. These combo switches are generally comprised of a bank of 1Gbe ports and then one or two 10Gbe ports for dedicated high-performance network hardware that can be shared by all of the gigabit Ethernet-connected devices. Combo switch devices will either arrive with a combination of fibre and copper connections or will arrive purely in copper 10GBASE-T and 1GBASE-T RJ45 connectivity. Although QNAP and NETGEAR have released several very good combo switches in the last couple of years, some exceptionally well priced 10G/1G solutions have appeared from D-Link and TrendNet that, in terms of price, are near unbeatable.

 

Best Unmanaged Best Managed
NETGEAR 10-Port Ethernet Switch

GS110MX 8 x1G, 2 x10G

QNAP QSW-M408-4C Switch

4-Port 10GbE SFP+/RJ45 Combo

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Best Cheap But Good 8 Port 10Gbe Network Switch

For those that are looking to fully integrate 10Gbe into the network environment, several very affordable pure 10Gbe switches have arrived on the market thanks to affordable component manufacturers like Aquantia (a microchip and SoC manufacturer that was a driving force behind 10Gbe components at 1/10 the price of those before). As desirable and well-placed as Netgear is in the network switch market in 2021/2022, their fully equipped 10Gbe solutions are considerably less affordable than many in the market today and this is perhaps an overreliance on the enterprise market that is starting to wane. Here are a couple of very good switches for those that are looking to completely jump their network to 10G effectively, but as cheaply as possible:

 

Best Unmanaged Best Managed
QNAP QSW-1208-8C Switch

8/12 Port with 8x 10GBASE-T

NETGEAR 8-Port XS708E

8x 10GBASE-T + 1x 10G SFP+

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Best Cheap But Good 16 Port 10Gbe Network Switch

If you are a serious business user, someone looking to integrate a surveillance set up with multiple cameras or are managing multiple offices of network bandwidth and connectivity, this is when 16-port switches arrive on the market. The majority of 16 port network switches arrive managed, as at this point a degree of network management is heavily implied. Additionally, many of the switches will be rated as layer 2 or layer 3 security, and depending on your budget or layers of pre-existing security, this may be something you’ll need to look into. Then there is the impact of larger networks and distribution of available bandwidth, with large switches like this allowing unique functionality such as quality of service (QoS), the priority of service (PoS) and vLANs, that allows you to create numerous subnetworks within the larger network. It is network switches like these that just a few years ago would have set you back thousands of pounds and now can be picked up up4 somewhere between $500-1000 if you shop around just right. Here is what I recommend for a higher business class 10Gbe network environment.

 

Affordable Managed Best Managed
NETGEAR 16-Port 10G XS716E

10GBASE-T + 1x 10Gt SFP+

Cisco SG550XG-8F8T Switch

Managed 8x 10GBASET 8x SFP+

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Best Cheap But Good SFP+ and Copper Combo 10Gbe Network Switch

Combo switches are designed to allow users to integrate both convenient and localised copper-based Ethernet connectivity along with much more far-reaching and low latency fibre optic connections. Generally arriving with combinations of 1G and 10G connections at the affordable tier, these systems arrived with dedicated RJ45 ports alongside SFP+ transceiver port to allow diverse fibre connectivity. Combo switch devices have also grown more popular with businesses having a central 10-gigabit ethernet NAS in a discreet distant location shared with a large 1Gbe base of hardware – these have now become increasingly more affordable too. QNAP has released some great combo switches in their QSW series and I highly recommend them for those looking at mixed ethernet network environments on a budget.

 

Best Unmanaged Best Managed
QNAP QSW-308S Switch

3x 10G SFP+ & 8-Port 1G Ports

QNAP QSW-M408-4C Switch

4-Port 10GbE SFP+/RJ45 Combo

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Amazon Prime Day Deals Day 2 – NVMe SSDs, Crucial Memory Upgrades and Switches

22 juin 2021 à 13:40

SSD, Memory and Switch Bargains at Amazon this Prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021 moves into Day 2 and more deals have arrived (alongside a little more stock of popular ones yesterday) and if you have been looking for the right time to buy network or storage upgrades on Amazon, then you would be hard pushed to find a better time than now. I have already discussed multiple NAS and Hard Drive deals that were available yesterday, but today I want to focus on the upgrades. The memory (predominantly from Crucial), next-gen M.2 NVMe SSDs (PCIe Gen 4×4 only – nothing older) and even added a few network switches for those who are making the jump from their ISP router and on to a better and more robust network environment in 2021. Take a look below.

Amazon Prime Day Deals – Crucial Memory Upgrades

If you have been looking at upgrading the memory in your NAS system, then you have likely considered Crucial. Some NAS brands are more particular than others about compatibility and support, so be check in advance about your NAS brand’s terms before proceeding with a RAM upgrade. There are 6 core deals right now on Amazon on DDR3 and DDR4 Memory and although some are better than others, they are all quite impressive price drops. Note, if you need guidance on the correct Memory for your needs, use one of the NAScompares Memory Upgrade Guides here.

— Amazon Prime Day 2021 22nd June – Crucial Memory Deals

 

Amazon Prime Day Deals – PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe M.2 SSDs

If you are looking for a new high-speed upgrade for your gaming rig, video editing workstation or potential modern console storage, then the following SSD are the ONLY deals this prime day that I have found that are ALL PCIe Gen 4×4 drives (with some peaking at 7,000MB/s). For those looking at M.2 NVMe SSDs this Amazon Prime Day 2021 for your PS5 Storage upgrade, do remember that this feature at the time of writing (June ’21) has not been enabled BUT the following NVMe SSDs are all PCIe Gen 4×4, which is the expected minimum for the Playstation 5 Storage Expansion upgrade slot. The deals below are by far the best I have seen for PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe that I have seen this year and if you want to grab a bargain now, these below drives are the best that I have seen so far on Amazon. Take a look:

— Amazon Prime Day 2021 22nd June – PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe M.2 SSD Deals

 

Amazon Prime Day Deals – Network Switches

There comes a point when your existing wired network setup is just too full! Whether you have graduated away from your ISP router, or have been running a switch in your home/office for a while and increased time sent working from home has led to the inevitable conclusion that you need more network connections – upgrading your network switch is always beneficial and an easy upgrade indeed! Amazon Prime Day 2021 has revealed very few switches, both managed and unmanaged, but luckily I was able to spot the following 4 models that range in price, ability, connections and build quality. Take a look and see if any of these are the answer to expanding your network for the better in 2021.

— Amazon Prime Day 2021 22nd June – Network Switch Deals

 

Haven’t Found the Right Deal for Yet?

If you are still looking for the right product this prime day, I recommend using our FULL List of Prime Day 2021 Deals on NASCompares (Updated Hourly)https://nascompares.com/best-prime-day-deals/

Next, you can use the links below to highlight the best deals that have been spotted on Day 1 and Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day 2021:

DAY 1

Best Amazon Deals

Seagate Ironwolf Pro 4TB $146.99, NOW $118.99

Synology DS920+ NAS – £113.59 (22%) Price Drop

QNAP TS-451D2 NAS – £439.99 NOW £417.99

Synology RT2600ac Router, You Save: $48.00 (24%)

WD Black SN850 PCIe4 NVMe SSD 40% Price Drop

WD Blue HDD – You Save: $88.00 (48%)

Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router £141.99 NOW £124.46

QNAP TS-230 NAS £179.99 NOW £159.99

Seagate Firecuda 520 NVMe PCIe 4×4 $31 off

PNY XLR8 CS3040 4TB M.2 NVMe Gen4 x4 $160 OFF

NETGEAR 8-Port Switch GS308E 38% Drop

DAY 2

Best Amazon Deals

WD_BLACK 500GB SN850 NVMe $60 OFF

Netgear GS305 Switch 38% OFF

Sandisk 1TB Extreme Pro SDSSDE81-1T00-G25 48% OFF

TP-Link Litewave 8 Port Switch LS1008G $14

Synology RT2600ac Router $48 OFF

Reolink ONVIF IP Cameras (Multiple Deals)

WD 5 TB My Passport USB Drive 28% OFF

Crucial P2 CT250P2SSD8 250GB NVMe 36% OFF

WD My Cloud WDBBCL0040JBK-EESN £67 OFF

TP-Link Powerline Adapters (Multiple Deals)

TP-Link 3xGigabit Powerline Adapter TL-WPA8631P KIT 31% OFF

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 8TB 20% OFF

Seagate 1TB External USB STKB1000404 +2Yr Recovery 27% off

Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB PCIe 4×4 NVMe SSD 33% OFF

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Upgrading to 10Gb Network in 2021 – An Beginners Guide

17 mai 2021 à 01:45

How and Why Should You Upgrade to 10Gbe – An Idiots Guide

Let’s face facts, our data is getting bigger and we want it even faster. As selfish as it sounds, both home and business users alike demand faster and faster data transmission in 2021, despite the obvious fact that the average size of our photos, music and videos are getting unquestionably larger. Luckily, at the same time as all of this, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10Gbe) networks become increasingly more affordable and despite their lofty business only focus a decade ago, have become accessible to even modest home users and their budgets. Deciding to switch your home or office network from one-gigabit ethernet (1Gbe) to 10Gbe can often be intimidating, however, with numerous more cost-effective solutions and much more user-friendly hardware on offer, you can switch up your network to 10-gigabit for just a few £100’s. Today I’m going to detail each of the necessary components that you will need to consider when upgrading towards 10G, discuss their advantages and disadvantages, and recommend the best piece of 10Gb hardware for each tier of your setup in 2021.

Disclaimer – it is important to understand that increasing your network from the default 1Gbe to 10Gbe will increase the bandwidth available to you and your connected devices. However, bandwidth does not automatically translate to speed and you will still need to ensure that both targets and source hardware in the 10Gbe network can deliver the potential 1,000MB per second possible. It is best to think of your network as a series of pipes filled with water. Upgrading to 10-gigabit ethernet merely provides a larger pipe to send the water down, but you still need storage media and active data connections that can push data fast enough. First lets discuss the individual components that make up a modern 10Gbe network.

Upgrading to a 10Gbe Network – What You Need to Buy

In order to understand how much work is required when upgrading your network, it is worth knowing just how many different pieces of equipment you may need to buy when upgrading your internal bandwidth potential. The first most obvious upgrade is your switch (otherwise known as a network switch) – and you will need to look at 10Gbe equipped switches that allow each connected user the full potential to 1,000MB/s bandwidth each (or at the very least a single 10Gbe port that allows 10 users a full 100MB/s each). Managed switches, although more expensive, will allow you to combine these connections via link aggregation and trunking 2 or more to multiply this performance significantly, however, there are numerous affordable unmanaged 10Gbe switches out there too that are priced quite closely to 1Gbe counterparts.

Next, you will need to upgrade the network connectivity of your client devices, such as PCs, laptops and servers. Some 2020/2021 Prosumer hardware releases have started arriving with 10Gbe connectivity by default (e.g. the newest generation of Mac Pro Tower Machine) and to meet this there is thunderbolt to 10Gbe adapters available from numerous brands (I personally use the QNAP QNA-T310G1T or Sonnet Solo 10G – both of which use system power, so no mains power needed). Otherwise, there are numerous 1-port and 2-port PCIe upgrades readily available to buy that are even cheaper than external alternatives.

Next up, you need to think about whether you will want to use copper or fibre cable-based ethernet. Copper-based 10Gbe, known as 10GBASE-T, uses near-identical cables to those used in your standard 1Gbe connections (known as RJ45) and is much better suited to distances of up to 20 metres when deployed. After that distance, you will be much better off choosing fibre-based 10Gbe (known as SFP+ in architecture). This can cover many, MANY more times to distance, but see more expensive fibre cables. SFP+ 10Gbe also requires dedicated port transceivers (these connect between the client device and the cable), which adds to the cost even more. That said, there are MANY cost effect SFP+ only 10Gbe switches and NAS systems out there, as well as there being transceiver-ready shorter cables (called DAC cables) that are up to 5-7M long. There are other Pros and Cons to RJ45 and 10GBASE-T, so I recommend you check out my guide below quickly to learn the difference before going any further:

Click Below for the SFP+ vs 10GBASE-T Guide

Finally, we can talk about routers (which are arguably optional for most in this setup and still not quite mainstream in 10G). Although some modern routers do feature a dedicated 10Gbe LAN connection, it is worth remembering that most internet connections worldwide will not really be able to saturate 1,000MB/s of data. When you look at the internet plan that you have with your ISP, the speed is generally provided in bits ( ie Mb = megabit, Gb = gigabit), not BYTES. Unless you are living somewhere with a decent fibre optic connection, or dedicated high-speed business line that promises speeds higher than 1 gigabit, a 10Gbe router will only be able to push as much internet/external packet data to a connected user as the internet service provider allows in your initial plan. so there is no need to spend money on a 10Gbe equipped router unless your ISP subscription is comfortably approaching 5-6 gigabits (5Gb+). Aside from those three areas, nothing else in your typical hardware environment should require an upgrade when making the switch to a 10Gbe network. Remember, 10Gbe over copper and typical 1Gbe use exactly the same cables for connectivity (RJ45 or Cat cables) so you can reuse your existing setup easily. So, now we know the hardware, however, 10Gbe is recommended to use at least Cat 6 or Cat 7 cables, whereas regular 1Gbe and 2.5Gbe can get away with Cat 5 or Cat 5e. Let’s discuss the Pros and Cons of 10Gbe.

Upgrading to a 10Gbe Network – Price

The affordability of 10Gbe as an alternative to traditional gigabit ethernet LAN is getting better than it was when first commercial in 2008 or so (when it cost thousands!). When hardware started embracing 10Gbe connections, it was priced at an arguably fairer 3-4x times that of a normal 1Gb connection. However, it soon became apparent that due to demand in network use alongside data growing more rapidly in both home and business, that 1Gbe was fast becoming unsuitable for most businesses. Therefore in more recent times, the cost of 10Gbe has begun to arrive at just a pinch above that of accepted 1Gbe hardware (with numerous 2.5Gbe options arriving on the market meaning that the price is getting even better). In fact, many hardware manufacturers consider 1Gbe a tad dead in the water and have embraced 2.5Gbe, 5Gbe and affordable SFP/Copper10Gbe connections as standard at no additional increase thanks to more cost-effective ARM processors on the market from Realtek, Annapurna and Marvell (in the NAS community, the heavy hitters on this are QNAP and Asustor).

The real cost of a 10Gbe setup as an upgrade to, or an alternative to a 1Gbe setup, is in the network upgrades for traditional client hardware and interfaces. I am of course talking about PCs, tower servers, Apple Macs and just general day to day devices. Upgrading a desktop device with 10Gbe is around £80-100 per connection, about 75% more than the same thing at 1Gbe. For portable and less easy to upgrade devices, such as Macbooks and laptops, a 10Gbe to Thunderbolt 2/3 external adapter upgrade will cost you around £175-200, which is about 80% more than a 1Gbe USB or Docking Station alternatives.

Upgrading to a 10Gbe Network – Internet Speeds

As mentioned, 10Gbe networks are largely concerned with internal network traffic within your home or business building. The effects of introducing 10Gbe into your router/modem system with the aims of improved internet speeds on your devices are hugely dependent on your ISP subscription service and in most cases will not fully saturate a 10Gbe connection. If you have an internet connection that surpasses 1 Gigabit bandwidth, then you can start to enjoy the benefits of 10Gbe connected devices exceeding 100MBs, just ensure that you are using a primary modem and router that features a 10Gbe port, otherwise connecting a 10Gbe switch or additional router via 1Gbe will create an instantaneous bottleneck. If you are using wireless devices and looking to exceed 1Gbe, then you should look into WiFi 6/6E/AX (which we will touch on later). In 2021 there are a few 10Gbe Routers on the market from brands like Netgear and their NightHawk series, Asus in their Gamer ranges and QNAP in their QHora-301W System.

Upgrading to a 10Gbe Network – Availability

10Gbe hardware is a great deal more accessible and available in 2021 than ever. Alongside numerous affordable network upgrades via USB and PCIe, lots of motherboard makers, NAS server manufacturers and network switch brands have released 10Gbe options. Additionally, home or business users that have a 10Gbe setup that is shared by multiple 1Gbe uses can often allow connection of 10Gbe devices on these copper ports, as the majority of 10GBASE-T ports are backwards compatible with 5G, 10G and 1G (otherwise known as auto-negotiation). As mentioned earlier, a lot of hardware that would have once featured gigabit ethernet now arrives with 10Gbe connectivity at no additional cost, allowing a more gradual and organic upgrade into this larger bandwidth connection as you upgrade standard hardware in your environment. Lastly, the majority of plug-n-play 10Gbe upgrades for clients are reusable/shareable with numerous devices.

Upgrading to a 10Gbe Network – WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E Support?

One of the most attractive reasons that many users consider upgrading their setup to 10Gbe is due to the evolution in Wi-Fi connectivity, most recently in Wi-Fi 6. Otherwise known as 802.11AX, Wi-Fi 6 allows wireless connectivity that exceeds that of traditional 1Gbe LAN. Although the bandwidth and Wi-Fi coverage in Wi-Fi 6 is spread across multiple bands and frequencies (5Ghz and 5Ghz air communication, not to be confused with Gb data networks of measurement), it still allows bandwidths of 2.4Gigabits and greater (i,e 240MB/s). Many users who have upgraded their Wi-Fi network to Wi-Fi 6 (or holding out for Wi-Fi 6E) also want to upgrade their wired network to keep up, which is where 10Gbe hardware has grown in popularity noticeably. Indeed, a number of new Wi-Fi 6 solutions have arrived on the market in the last 12-months that also factor in dedicated 10Gbe ports and even 10Gbe in some cases (such as the QNAP QHora-301W). If you intend to set up your home or business environment wire-free, with a NAS in the centre for backups/sharing and wish to connect wirelessly to this device over Wi-Fi 6, then upgrading your NAS to at least a single 10Gbe connection will be hugely desirable and convenient. Equally, if you use a more modern WiFi 6 solutions with larger AX ratings (AX3000, AX6000 or AX11000 for example), then this will translate very well into multiple connected users and a 10Gbe (1,000MB/s) connected NAS or Network for sharing.

Upgrading to a 10Gbe Network – Recommended Products in 2021

So now we have discussed at length a number of the advantages and disadvantages to upgrading to a 10Gbe network environment. As mentioned, there are many new 10Gbe pieces of hardware available as 2021 continues, making the ease of choosing the right network components evermore confusing. Below I have detailed my recommended 10Gbe switch, NAS, Router, Plug-n-play laptop upgrade and Desktop PCIe upgrades to ensure that you are ready to make the jump to 10Gbe networking.

Recommended 10Gbe Switches

Likely the most important part of the 10Gbe network upgrade, the switch is what manages traffic between your client devices.

Budget Unmanaged 10Gbe Switch

Budget Managed 10Gbe Switch

Best Budget Dedicated 10G

QNAP QSW-308S

$139

QNAP QSW-M408-4C

$329

TRENDnet 8x 10G TEG-7080ES

$529

Recommended 10Gbe Laptop Upgrades

If your network is populated with more compact and portable devices, then you can still use a range of Thunderbolt connected devices to interact with a 10Gbe network. Here are the ones I recommend:

 

Sonnet Solo 10G Adapter

QNAP QNA-T310G1S Adapter

ATTO TLN3-3102 Thunderlink 2x10G Adapter

Thunderbolt3-to-10G Copper

$209

Thunderbolt3-to-SFP+ Fibre

$179

2x Thunderbolt3-to-2x SFP+ Fibre

$999

Recommended 10Gbe Desktop PC Upgrades

If you are using a desktop PC/Mac/Linux system, then you are able to consider PCIe 10Gbe upgrades. Although these are more expensive than the plug n play alternatives, they do allow more connections per card. Here are the 10Gbe PCIe cards I recommend:

 

1 Port 10Gbe PCIe Card

2 Port 10Gbe PCIe Card

Fully Featured 10Gbe PCIe Card

TRENDnet 10Gbe TEG-10GECTX

$99

QNAP QXG-10G2T-107 2x 10G

$199

QNAP 10Gbe and 2x NVMe QM2-2P10G1T

$279

Recommended 10Gbe Routers

Once again, very much an ‘optional extra’, upgrading the router/modem in your network towards 10Gbe will only really be beneficial if your internet service is greater than 1Gbps. Never the less, there are some great 10Gbe, 5Gbe and 10Gbe routers out there, some of which even include WiFi 6 too. Here are the best 10Gbe routers right now in 2021:

 

Best Gamer 10Gbe Router

Best Prosumer 10Gbe Router

Best Business 10Gbe Router

ASUS AX11000

$389

ASUS AX6000 10G

$410

QNAP QHora-301W 10G & WiFi 6

$329

Recommended 10Gbe NAS Servers

When it comes to seeing the true value of an upgraded network environment, then a NAS that features greater than gigabit connectivity is a great way to show this. Whether you are feeding this NAS into a 10Gbe/10Gbe network switch shared environment, or directly interfacing (i.e network connection PC-to-NAS), greater than 1Gbe speeds will be abundantly clear. There are quite a large number of 10Gbe NAS systems available in the server market right now, but I have narrowed it down to three below based on how you want to interact with your data:

 

Best Budget 10Gbe NAS

Best Prosumer 10Gbe NAS

Best Business 10Gbe NAS

TS-431KX

$369

TS-h973AX

$999

TVS-872X

$1699

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