10G Networking Switches

Auggie

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 21, 2017
269
85
I'm curious as to what reliable 10G networking switches Mac users are using.

I need to interface a 2012 cMP to two separate 10G NAS's, one with SFP+ and the other with 10GBase-T. The NAS's are located in a equipment closet that is separate from my whole house network switch location, so I would need a 10GBase-T switch at the network hub and a mixed SFP+ and 10GBase-T switch with the NAS's.

I will probably get the Sonnet Solo 10G Presto for the cMP.

FleaBay is flooded with older used Cisco et al routers in various 10GBaseT and SFP+ configurations on the order of 24 or 48 ports for a couple hundred dollars. As I only need 8 ports at the networking hub and 3 ports at the NAS, these seem to be overkill, but 10-port mixed 1G/10G switches start around $300, such as the Netgear MS510TX (2 10G ports), to the $600 QNAP QSW-1208-8C-US 12-port 10G SFP+ of which 8 of those are shared with 10GBase-T ports.
 

Howard2k

macrumors 68030
Mar 10, 2016
2,564
1,827
Do the cheaper switches have a non-blocking backplane? Ie, can they support multiple simultaneous 10Gb/s transfers?
And if not, how much does it matter?
 

Auggie

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 21, 2017
269
85
Do the cheaper switches have a non-blocking backplane? Ie, can they support multiple simultaneous 10Gb/s transfers?
And if not, how much does it matter?
Non-blocking: Cisco WS-C4948E-S Catalyst 48-Port Gigabit 4x SFP+ 10GB Switch, Cisco Catalyst 4948E and 4948E-F Ethernet Switches Data Sheet

Heck, I'd get a pair of these Cisco's for my needs, but they're just too big and wouldn't fit inside the structured media in-wall cabinet which is the whole house networking hub. Hence, why I'm looking at QNAP which is only 11" x 9" x 1.7".
 

HDFan

macrumors 65816
Jun 30, 2007
1,496
363
Looking at the data sheet, it looks as if the downlink ports are only 1 gigabit.

I'm looking for the same thing. So far have found:

https://www.buffalotech.com/products/multi-gigabit-business-switch

which is ~$550.

https://selector.netgear.com/productsearch/FormProductSelector.aspx

(select 10 Gigabit first)

Cheapest seemed to be ~$660.

The cheapest Cisco switch I found was ~1K:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/350x-series-stackable-managed-switches/compare-model.html

and then there is the Qnap QNAP QSW-1208-8C-US

it is on sale at B&H tomorrow at $429, $160 off!

Remember seeing a post about some good websites for network issues, but can't find it ...
 

Auggie

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 21, 2017
269
85
Looking at the data sheet, it looks as if the downlink ports are only 1 gigabit.
As far as I could research, the "uplink" ports would simply act like any other "downlink" port if connected to any client device, according to user responses to this question on other forums; I couldn't find any definitive answer directly from manufacturers' websites and documentation. i should probably email their support to settle this question once and for all...
 

HenryAZ

macrumors 6502a
Jan 9, 2010
605
97
South Congress AZ
10-Gig switches, with all ports 10-Gig, seem to be still a bit rare, and expensive, at least in the 8-10 port size one would use for a home network. I ordered the 10-Gig port on my new Mini, but so far it is the only port in my extensive home network that is 10-Gig. I will upgrade the network as availability of switches increases and prices come down.