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TP-Link's Cheap 5-port and 8-port 10GbE Switches Now Available


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Nowadays, many individuals and small businesses need to transfer large amounts of data around homes or offices, so they need something faster than GbE networks. While there are numerous reasonably-priced 10GbE network cards and motherboards with built-in 10GbE controllers, 10GbE networks have not really taken off even with copper cables because 10GbE switches have been prohibitively expensive so far. It looks like things are starting to change as TP-Link just began offering inexpensive 5-port and 8-port 10GbE switches.


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Good to see some additional consumer focused options in the 10G space.

While the fanless design is nice on the 5-port switch, it will be interesting to see what the actual hardware inside it is.  Most 10G-baseT (RJ45) runs pretty hot, and without a fan it seems to me that there will be throttling if your hitting more than one of the ports at anything approaching full speed.


I swapped out the fan in my Netgear 8-port 10G switch for a Noctua 40mm fan, and for all intents and purposes it is silent now.  Even when I am hammering on 2+ 10G connections simultaneously I don't see any throttling. 

For a bit of reference, the hottest thing in my workstation is the 10G nic, and that is with an additional 120mm fan blowing directly on the nic.



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Yeah these 10G puppies can run toasty. I have felt some switches running far warmer than your traditional 1G.


My 10G NIC on my mobo also runs toasty, good thing it is under my monoblock lol.


I might see if I can get one of these new ones for review.

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