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Gigabit Ethernet Switch only £24.67 delivered

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8y, 11m agoFound 8 years, 11 months ago
Bought one yesterday from Amazon.co.uk and thought it was great value. Will interest those who have network attached storage and are fed up with slow 100 Mbps transfer speeds. It also makes playing LAN games a much better experience.

Netgear ProSafe GS105 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
All ports are full duplex 10/100/1000 and auto sensing
Fanless design so it's virtually silent
Very small and compact yet has all status LEDs you need
Supports Jumbo frames (up to 9k)
5 years warranty

I have been using one for past 1.5 years and it has been working flawlessly. Would recommend.

Full specs:
http://netgear.com/Products/Switches/DesktopSwitches/GS105.aspx
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#1
But surely NAS would be limited to 100mbs anyway and it won't speed up a standard 100mbs connection either? So a bit of overkill for 99.9% of punters I would have thought.
#2
You can have gigabit NASes these days but very few of them exceed 100Mb boundary due to slow CPUs.
As to Netgear switch, I have one of these in my lab and it is indestructable :) However, you can have 5-port gigabit switches for about 15 quid these days, so not sure if this is a bargain.
#3
Shengis
But surely NAS would be limited to 100mbs anyway and it won't speed up a standard 100mbs connection either? So a bit of overkill for 99.9% of punters I would have thought.


Good point - Buy this item with Netgear - GA311 Gigabit PCI Adapter
Buy Together Today: £38.11

To get those speeds the rest of your kit will have to be Gigabit.

Keith
#4
Quick tip if you're on a budget. Install more than 1 10/100 card in your PC's and use multi link ;-) Never bothered myself as 10/100 is enough for me.
#5
Thanks guys for the feedback. Theory being theory most people should be fine with a 100 MBps network but in practice I have noticed quite a speed boost after upgrading my entire network to 1 Gigabit. Noticeable especially for transferring large files between computers, watching HD content, playing games, backing up data to NASes (I have a Buffalo Gigabit NAS). I guess nowadays the price of 1GBit networking kits have come down so much that the benefits outweight costs by quite a margin. Yes, you could happily run a 100 Mbps but once you upgrade you would never want to go back :) Trust me. Time saved is money saved (at least IMHO)

Possibly you can find a Gigabit switch for 15 quid but will it be a major brand like Netgear, also with FREE Amazon delivery? ;-)
#6
Possibly you can find a Gigabit switch for 15 quid but will it be a major brand like Netgear, also with FREE Amazon delivery? ;-)

Well. yes. For example, Zyxel GS-105A for 20 quid inc delivery (supersaver) or free delivery if you need something else (above 50 quid altogether). Not Amazon delivery, obviously :)
#7
marketmaven
Thanks guys for the feedback. Theory being theory most people should be fine with a 100 MBps network but in practice I have noticed quite a speed boost after upgrading my entire network to 1 Gigabit. Noticeable especially for transferring large files between computers, watching HD content, playing games, backing up data to NASes (I have a Buffalo Gigabit NAS). I guess nowadays the price of 1GBit networking kits have come down so much that the benefits outweight costs by quite a margin. Yes, you could happily run a 100 Mbps but once you upgrade you would never want to go back :) Trust me. Time saved is money saved (at least IMHO)

Possibly you can find a Gigabit switch for 15 quid but will it be a major brand like Netgear, also with FREE Amazon delivery? ;-)


Fair comment if you want to upgrade the lot. What I can never get my head around is people who go dollally for wireless. The speed is bloody awful compared to wired 10/100. Ok, so no wires, but not exactly brilliant for transferring files.

Out of interest, what speed does your 1G setup cap out at? Is it the same as a 10/100, ie approx 65/70% throughput? Be interesting to know.
#8
Shengis
Fair comment if you want to upgrade the lot. What I can never get my head around is people who go dollally for wireless. The speed is bloody awful compared to wired 10/100. Ok, so no wires, but not exactly brilliant for transferring files.

Out of interest, what speed does your 1G setup cap out at? Is it the same as a 10/100, ie approx 65/70% throughput? Be interesting to know.

Totally agree, wireless can be awful for transferring files and watching HD content. However newer wireless standards continue to provide improved throughput. Wireless make sense where cabling is not feasible or practical.

I get on average 45MB/s transfer rate (with Jumbo frames properly setup on the entire network) That works out at about 360 Mbit/s so 36% link speed efficiency. I guess you can improve on the above figure by using different OS/drivers setup. I'm using Windows XP with Microsoft TCP/IP implementation, and the figures obtained are from transferring a mixture of small and large files between 2 Windows PCs connected via Netgear Gigabit switch.
#9
Kommunist
Well. yes. For example, Zyxel GS-105A for 20 quid inc delivery (supersaver) or free delivery if you need something else (above 50 quid altogether). Not Amazon delivery, obviously :)


Good find and nice coincidence that their model designation seems to be the same (ie GS-105). Zyxel used to make very good modems in the old days.
#10
Could I use this switch in combination with my existing satndard 10/100 modem router AND alongside the Netgear HD Power over ethernet devices? Would there be a speed boost?
#11
Sinecure;1411318
Could I use this switch in combination with my existing satndard 10/100 modem router AND alongside the Netgear HD Power over ethernet devices? Would there be a speed boost?

You can use it, for sure but speed gain is unlikely, unless all gigabit devices are connected to this switch.
#12
Kommunist
You can use it, for sure but speed gain is unlikely, unless all gigabit devices are connected to this switch.


So there has to be a direct link from PC to switch? Will there be a speed boost using the power other ethernet devices?

At the transmitter end of the HD plug it could be connected to the switch and then would it allow a faster connection over the powerline to the pc connected at another power outlet?

How do you set this up to be clear?

I plug this switch into a spare ethernet socket on my current 10/100 modem router and then using special ethernet cable connect each computer/device to the switch making sure that each device has a gigabit card/port?

Any help appreciated.

Thanks
#13
Sinecure

I plug this switch into a spare ethernet socket on my current 10/100 modem router and then using special ethernet cable connect each computer/device to the switch making sure that each device has a gigabit card/port?

Correct. The cable you need is of type CAT 5e or ideally CAT6. What will happen then is that all devices connected to the switch at 1 Gigabit link speed will transfer data between them at that speed. The 10/100 modem router would still work but it will connect to the switch at 100 Mbit link speed.
#14
Sinecure
So there has to be a direct link from PC to switch? Will there be a speed boost using the power other ethernet devices?

Yes, both PC and switch must have a Gigabit port and connected together using an appropriate cable.

No, the switch on its own can't boost the speed of any devices attached to the network. It merely acts as a hub to direct network traffic.

Sinecure

At the transmitter end of the HD plug it could be connected to the switch and then would it allow a faster connection over the powerline to the pc connected at another power outlet?

No, you're limited here by the speed of ethernet-over-powerline devices (usually lower than 100 Mbit)
#15
marketmaven


No, you're limited here by the speed of ethernet-over-powerline devices (usually lower than 100 Mbit)


So unless there is direct link between switch and device there won't be a speed increase? Pants!

The HD Netgear powerline I use has a maximum throughput of 200Mbit but is obviously less.

Do people really trail cables all over the house unless they are lucky enough to be doing a refit?

It'd be a real pain to get a direct link even though the router is in the next room!

Thanks for your help. :thumbsup:
#16
AFAIR maximum bitrate for BluRay is ~50Mbps and for HD-DVD it is ~30Mbps, so you should be fine with your HD Netgear (I guess real throughtput is around 80Mbps) unless you want to stream more than one BlueRay movie, encoded with maximum bitrate at the same time.
#17
Kommunist
AFAIR maximum bitrate for BluRay is ~50Mbps and for HD-DVD it is ~30Mbps, so you should be fine with your HD Netgear (I guess real throughtput is around 80Mbps) unless you want to stream more than one BlueRay movie, encoded with maximum bitrate at the same time.


Thanks for commenting. :thumbsup:

I'm really limited to the network speed provided by my ISP, Sky. Speed test have speeds ranging from that of dial up through to 12 Mbps.

Then when there is another user downloading it suffers badly. I guess there isn't really much i can do about that. Perhaps if I upgrade the other user's computer to gigabit, his downloads will finish sooner and then impact on me less, or will his computer hog more of the bandwidth?
#18
ISP has nothing to do with speed of your internal connection. You can have gigabit network covering all network devices at home and be connected to Internet via dial-up.
However, if your Internet connection is limited to 12Mbps downstream then no matter what kind internal network you've got (assuming it is faster than 12Mbps) - installing unmanaged gigabit switch won't have any effect on Internet downloads.
If you want to manage your network's traffic (for example, VoIP - highest, your PC internet - high, other's internet access - mid and downloads - low), you'll need to implement QoS in your network. For this, you can either configure your router (if it got such an option) or to buy managed switch (pricey thingie).

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