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Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to have to go through a router/modem anyway so obviously the QOS built into the router/modem is going to set the priority of the port it's connected to. That's a built-in bottleneck which cannot be avoided. So connecting your gaming pcs directly to the ports on the router has to be better for online gameplay
Then just buy a cheap 8 Gigabit switch for local gaming and streaming. Cost less then £20.
The only possible use is if you and others want to game locally and online, but bear in mind your QOS will be restricted by the router/modem
Edited by: "jasee" 29th Oct 2018
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Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to have to go through a router/modem anyway so obviously the QOS built into the router/modem is going to set the priority of the port it's connected to. That's a built-in bottleneck which cannot be avoided. So connecting your gaming pcs directly to the ports on the router has to be better for online gameplay
Then just buy a cheap 8 Gigabit switch for local gaming and streaming. Cost less then £20.
The only possible use is if you and others want to game locally and online, but bear in mind your QOS will be restricted by the router/modem
Edited by: "jasee" 29th Oct 2018
jasee1 h, 56 m ago

Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to …Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to have to go through a router/modem anyway so obviously the QOS built into the router/modem is going to set the priority of the port it's connected to. That's a built-in bottleneck which cannot be avoided. So connecting your gaming pcs directly to the ports on the router has to be better for online gameplayThen just buy a cheap 8 Gigabit Hub for local gaming and streaming. Cost less then £20.The only possible use is if you and others want to game locally and online, but bear in mind your QOS will be restricted by the router/modem


I'm sure someone will have some real life experience where this throwback from a Tron movie made their interweb faster than fibre.
jasee29/10/2018 07:28

Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to …Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to have to go through a router/modem anyway so obviously the QOS built into the router/modem is going to set the priority of the port it's connected to. That's a built-in bottleneck which cannot be avoided. So connecting your gaming pcs directly to the ports on the router has to be better for online gameplayThen just buy a cheap 8 Gigabit Hub for local gaming and streaming. Cost less then £20.The only possible use is if you and others want to game locally and online, but bear in mind your QOS will be restricted by the router/modem


By Hub, you mean Switch right? Hubs are awful and kill network performance as they send traffic all over the shop. A switch will actually direct the traffic to the correct port.
DivideByZero29 m ago

By Hub, you mean Switch right? Hubs are awful and kill network performance …By Hub, you mean Switch right? Hubs are awful and kill network performance as they send traffic all over the shop. A switch will actually direct the traffic to the correct port.



Sorry I did mention a hub, no-one uses hubs nowadays, they simply broadcast to all the ports (original post edited)
The router/nodem is the thing you connect your telephone line to, it contains a modem (which connects to your telephone line, or cable, or fibre directly) and a switch (usually with four connections, Gigabit if you are lucky. Noways, the switch included often does it's own prioritising QOS or can be set up to prioritise certain games, ip addreses etc. Even routers supplied by ISPs
Edited by: "jasee" 29th Oct 2018
jasee29/10/2018 07:28

Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to …Can't see thr advantage of this if you're playing online you're going to have to go through a router/modem anyway so obviously the QOS built into the router/modem is going to set the priority of the port it's connected to. That's a built-in bottleneck which cannot be avoided. So connecting your gaming pcs directly to the ports on the router has to be better for online gameplayThen just buy a cheap 8 Gigabit switch for local gaming and streaming. Cost less then £20.The only possible use is if you and others want to game locally and online, but bear in mind your QOS will be restricted by the router/modem


I haven't used a router supplied by my ISP for years, but can't you just untick a box to disable QoS? QoS on a switch would actually work well on a mesh network. Not something I personally would do, but I could see in a situation where you're the only gamer in the family and everyone uses wifi devices. I just run QoS from the router personally though.
Edited by: "LeftResponse" 29th Oct 2018
Good discounted price but overpriced product
A huge waste of money and a pointless product.

No different to a gigabit switch, which you can buy for less than £10.

Cold from me.
Edited by: "yacoboy" 29th Oct 2018
Agree with some of the other posters. If this is just a Layer 2 Gigabit switch (which is appears to be) I don't really see what advantage it will have over the cheaper gigabit models on the market. The latency will not be that much different and as other have pointed out, the true bottleneck will be whatever you use as Layer 3 device (router/modem/HomeHub/whatever you wanna call it).
LeftResponse29/10/2018 10:10

I haven't used a router supplied by my ISP for years, but can't you just …I haven't used a router supplied by my ISP for years, but can't you just untick a box to disable QoS? QoS on a switch would actually work well on a mesh network. Not something I personally would do, but I could see in a situation where you're the only gamer in the family and everyone uses wifi devices. I just run QoS from the router personally though.



Why would you want to disable QOS on a router? if your gaming pc is connected wirelessly or directly to that port on the router you want to prioritise it, otherwise by default al the other ports will share the same bandwidth equally.
I'm not sure using QOS on a switch is useful if it's connected to a mesh system ISTM they might act against each other. The idea of a mesh is to maximize throughput from anywhere by it's non hierarchical structure whereas a managed switch prioritises certain types of data or ports or ips in a structured way.
BTW I have no experience of mesh
jasee29/10/2018 13:40

Why would you want to disable QOS on a router? if your gaming pc is …Why would you want to disable QOS on a router? if your gaming pc is connected wirelessly or directly to that port on the router you want to prioritise it, otherwise by default al the other ports will share the same bandwidth equally.I'm not sure using QOS on a switch is useful if it's connected to a mesh system ISTM they might act against each other. The idea of a mesh is to maximize throughput from anywhere by it's non hierarchical structure whereas a managed switch prioritises certain types of data or ports or ips in a structured way. BTW I have no experience of mesh


You would disable the QoS system on a router because of lack of filtering options, I actually don't think the ISP default routers have QoS options (but I have no idea).

As you mentioned, the ports all share bandwidth equally so having QoS on a switch would manage the traffic for your 8 devices. Of course this would be ideal for a mesh network, you're connecting devices that aren't wireless lol.

Remember you're buying a switch because of reasons such as - You don't want to be running 8 cables through the floor to the router/cabinet. Qos is optional, there are situations where you will and won't need it. Otherwise they wouldn't implement it.
LeftResponse29/10/2018 15:12

You would disable the QoS system on a router because of lack of filtering …You would disable the QoS system on a router because of lack of filtering options, I actually don't think the ISP default routers have QoS options (but I have no idea).As you mentioned, the ports all share bandwidth equally so having QoS on a switch would manage the traffic for your 8 devices. Of course this would be ideal for a mesh network, you're connecting devices that aren't wireless lol. Remember you're buying a switch because of reasons such as - You don't want to be running 8 cables through the floor to the router/cabinet. Qos is optional, there are situations where you will and won't need it. Otherwise they wouldn't implement it.


The reason I posted my first post was because
I thought the QOS implemented in this switch is exceedingly basic
and it is going to have to go through your existing router/modem in which case that would influence the priority of the new switch making it less effective than going straight to the router/modem itself!

But, my current ISP (the Post Office) supplied router is amazing versatile. QOS can be prioritised by ip, packet length,precedence, etc, there is also queue assignment on the various ports, complete routes can be classified between the various interfaces and a games list of fifteen modern games!

For gaming, nothing is going to be better than going straight to the router/modem itself (by ethernet connection) because any new switch is going to have to connect to it anyway. So don't waste your money on this fancy looking but plastic (^ ^) version of this switch.
jasee1 h, 24 m ago

The reason I posted my first post was because I thought the QOS …The reason I posted my first post was because I thought the QOS implemented in this switch is exceedingly basic and it is going to have to go through your existing router/modem in which case that would influence the priority of the new switch making it less effective than going straight to the router/modem itself!But, my current ISP (the Post Office) supplied router is amazing versatile. QOS can be prioritised by ip, packet length,precedence, etc, there is also queue assignment on the various ports, complete routes can be classified between the various interfaces and a games list of fifteen modern games!For gaming, nothing is going to be better than going straight to the router/modem itself (by ethernet connection) because any new switch is going to have to connect to it anyway. So don't waste your money on this fancy looking but plastic (^ ^) version of this switch.


Also, you're missing my point. Obviously direct connection is going to be better, but you're talking about people connecting 8 devices directly to their router? It looks messy, and is a health and safety nightmare.

community.bt.com/t5/…658

I took the liberty of Googling some of the popular ISPs and it seems qos doesn't exist at all on most of them.

I would never buy this personally, but you can't just throw something out the window for everyone else just because it doesn't apply to you lol.

If you bought a couple of home plugs, paired with this you would have 8 devices in a room on the other side of the house. Any 24/7 devices/servers you could set Qos to low and leave them running in the other side of the house. No mess, and people with any landlords/parents don't need to upgrade the router. I don't think it hurts the product at all.
Is it optimised for Fortnite ?! lol
I'm going to sell Gaming Water
It's just regular bottled water but for gamers
Edited by: "Norseg" 30th Oct 2018
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