I’m looking for a little advice in upgrading my local wired network to 10ge because I have a few devices here that can handle it and think maybe the prices have come down enough to justify the upgrade here. The last time I looked into one for the office was 2016 and it was about $16k. I got on Amazon this eve and I saw some for as low as $200 that had two 10ge ports. Maybe someone has an opinion to share on this?
Main question is whether all your 10G capable devices are 10GBase-T (RJ-45), in which case you probably want to go with a 10GBase-T switch, or if you are going to have a mix of SFP+ and 10GBase-T.
I’ve used the 4 port Mikrotik, not only does it run very hot, but if you load it up with 4 x SFP+ to 10GBase-T modules (at the time was the cheapest option), it can actually fry itself (that happened to me). I wouldn’t deploy that switch with more than one of those modules.
I replaced it with the 8 port Netgear XS508M and that worked fine, and one of the ports is dual 10GBase-T / SFP+ in case you need that:
All my devices are in fact RJ-45. I have a MacStudio, Synology, a MacMini and a MacBookPro (2.5Ge Dongle) and I think I’m probably going to go with the Unifi because it’s got some managed features and I can limit the traffic for the home office stuff within that device. I’m not sure yet if it can make VLANs to really wall off that traffic, but I have had one of their Wifi repeaters for many years and it’s excellent.
I really appreciate everyone’s comments on the SFPs running hot, and I did confirm with several sysadmin friends that’s the case. I can only imagine your Mikro melting…yikes! Its good to see you recommended the Netgear - it was also an option as were a few others including the QNAP, TP-Link and TRENDNet, but for nearly the same price having a few extra management features seemed like a good bet.
Yeah the Netgear is a dumb switch, so if you need VLANs, that’s not the one for you. And if everything is 10GBase-T, I’d definitely go for a 10GBase-T switch. Something to keep in mind is that since 2.5G/5G is a newer standard, you’ll want to make sure the switch you pick can negotiate those slower speeds, or you could get a 10GBaseT adapter for your MBP.
And for the ultimate home Flame (Linux) setup: Mikrotik just released a $699 4 x 100GbE switch