Available in 10GbaseT, PoE and Unflavoured
If you have a current generation motherboard then there is a very good chance you have at least one 2.5GbE ethernet port. If you are hooking up to a 1GbE switch or router, you are missing out on more than half the transfer speeds that your machine is capable of. Upgrading to a 2.5GbE switch or router won’t do much for your internet but it will have a huge impact on in house transfers.
ServeTheHome have embarked on a significant project, reviewing 16 inexpensive 2.5GbE switches. You will be glad to hear that they led with a round up, so you can quickly browse through the list of models they will be posting detailed reviews of. If any model catches your attention or that you have questions about, the detailed reviews will be going up over the next few weeeks.
This round up gives you a quick overview of all the switches, as well as revealing STH’s favourites in each category. You can go with a plain old 2.5GbE model, or look through the SPF+, 10Gbase-T and PoE models. All shall be revealed if you send your packets this way.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to have formal reviews of each unit in the round-up on STH. One of the biggest challenges with reviewing 15 switches (plus a bonus) for something like this is that by the time we had received all of the units, tested them, aggregated results, then recorded the video, new units have come out.
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