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Do I Need a Gigabit Switch or 10/100Mbps Switch?

Ethernet network speeds have evolved significantly over time and typically range from Ethernet (802.11) at 10Mbps, Fast Ethernet (IEEE 802.3u) at 100Mbps, Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE 802.3-2008) at 1000Mbps and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE 802.3a) at 10Gbps. Meanwhile, Ethernet switches have also escalated from 10/100Mbps switch to Gigabit switch, 10GbE switch, and even 100GbE switches. The topic came up frequently that “Do I Need a Gigabit Switch or 10/100Mbps Switch?” Gigabit switch vs 10/100Mbps switch, which do I need to satisfy my network speeds requirement? This post will give you the answer.

Ethernet Speed

Gigabit Switch: the Mainstream on Network Switch Market

A Gigabit switch is an Ethernet switch that connects multiple devices, such as computers, servers, or game systems, to a Local Area Network (LAN). Small business and home offices often use Gigabit switches to allow more than one device to share a broadband Internet connection. A gigabit switch operates in the same manner, only at data rates much greater than standard or Fast Ethernet. People can use these switches to quickly transfer data between devices in a network, or to download from the Internet at maximum speeds of 1000Mbps. If a switch says “Gigabit”, it really means the same thing as 10/100/1000, because Gigabit switches support all three speed levels and will auto-switch to the appropriate one when something is plugged in. The following is a Gigabit 8 port poe switch with 8 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 Ethernet ports.

8 port poe switch

10/100Mbps Switch: Still Alive and Well for Some Reason

10/100Mbps switch is a Fast Ethernet switch released earlier than Gigabit Ethernet switch. The data speed of 10/100Mbps switch is rated for 10 or 100Mbps. When a network switch says “10/100”, it means that each port on the switch can support both 10Mbps and 100Mbps connection speeds, and will usually auto-switch depending on what’s plugged into it. Currently, few devices run at 10Mbps, but it is still alive on the market for some reason. Actually, 10/100 is sufficient for internet browsing and Netflix. But if you will be doing more than one thing with your network connection, such as file transfers, or the set-top box, I would recommend you go with the Gigabit switch.

10/100Mbps Switch

Gigabit Switch vs 10/100Mbps Switch: How to Choose?

Network engineers who refresh the edge of their campus LAN encounter a fundamental choice: Stick with 100Mbps Fast Ethernet or upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). Vendors will undoubtedly push network engineers toward pricier GbE, but network engineers need to decide for themselves which infrastructure is right for the business. Currently, Gigabit switch is much more popular than Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps switch. Because gigabit switch used in tandem with a gigabit router will allow you to use your local network at speeds up to ten times greater than 10/100Mbps switch. If either of these component are not gigabit, the entire network will be limited to 10/100 speeds. So, in order to use the maximum amount of speed your network can pump out, you need every single component in your network (including you computers) to be gigabit compliant. In addition, by delivering more bandwidth and more robust management, Gigabit switches are also more energy efficient than 10/100Mbps switches. This offers enterprises the opportunity to lower their power consumption on the network edge.

Conclusion

There’s a multitude of switch options to choose from on the dazzling market. So, before determining the right switch for your network, you’re supposed to have a close look at your current deployment and future needs. But for most cases, we recommend you buy Gigabit Ethernet devices instead of Fast Ethernet devices, even if they cost a little bit more. FS provides a full set of Gigabit switches, including 8 port switch, 24 port switch, 48 port switch, etc. With these high performance Gigabit Ethernet switches, your local network will run faster with better internet speed.

Cheap PoE Switch: 24 Port PoE Switch Price Comparison

When searching 24 port PoE switch, you can find many vendors supplying various types of 24 port PoE switches. Sometimes you may feel confused about which to choose. This post will introduce some commonly seen 24 port PoE switches including US-24-500W, TL-SG3424P, DGS-1210-28P/ME, GS728TP, S1400-24T4F, S1600-24T4F, and compare these 24 port PoE switch price, feature, performance, then give some advice for 24 port PoE switch buying.

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24 Port PoE Switches In the Market

US-24-500W: It is UniFi 24 port PoE switch with advanced port management. Each switch port offers custom settings including port name, PoE, network/VLAN configuration and operation mode as well as 802.1X Authentication and Radius VLAN support.

TL-SG3424P: It is TP-Link 24 port PoE+ switch with high performance, enterprise-level QoS, advanced security strategies and rich layer 2 management features, which is ideal for small and medium business networking.

DGS-1210-28P/ME: It is D-Link 24 port PoE switch featuring a variety of port configurations, and it can be managed with a CLI (Command Line Interface) or user-friendly web-based GUI (Graphical User Interface).

GS728TP: It is Netgear 24 port PoE switch with comprehensive networking features such as VLAN, QoS, IGMP and MLD snooping, static routing, link aggregation, ACL.

FS 24 Port PoE Switch Price vs. Other Vendors’

The table below summarizes the performance of those 24 port PoE switches and compares the 24 port PoE switch price to show which is more cost-efficient.

Model US-24-500W TL-SG3424P DGS-1210-28P/ME GS728TP S1400-24T4F S1600-24T4F
Gigabit RJ45 Ports 24 24 24 24 24 24
SFP Ports 2 4 4 4 4 4
Console Port 1 1 1 / 1 1
Switching Capacity 52 Gbps 48 Gbps 56 Gbps 56 Gbps 52 Gbps 52 Gbps
Forwarding Rate 38.69 Mpps 35.7 Mpps 41.7 Mpps No info 38.69 Mpps 38.69 Mpps
Power Consumption 500W 320W 251.5W 264W 400W 600W
Price US$399.00 $499.99 $623.36 $407.00 US$ 399.00 US$ 419.00

From the perspective of 24 port PoE switch price and performance comparison, we can see that FS S1400-24T4F and S1600-24T4F are the most cost-effective 24 port PoE switches.

FS 24 Port PoE Switch Highlights

S1400-24T4F is FS 24 port PoE switch, while S1600-24T4F is FS 24 port PoE+ switch. The 24 RJ45 ports support Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections. And the hot-swappable SFP ports support 1Gbps connections. Both of the two provides security, performance, quality of services, central managed and other network control capabilities. They are suitable for SMB or entry-level enterprise solution which demands industrial, surveillance, IP Phone, IP Camera or Wireless applications.

24 port PoE switch price

FS 24 Port PoE Switch Deployment Scenario

The two 24 port PoE switches can easily mount in a rack, on a wall, or on desktop. Here presents an example of using FS 24 port PoE switches and 8 port PoE switches to connect WAP, IP cameras, IP phones, desktops, etc.

24 port poe switch

As the picture shows, the 8 port PoE switches can be used to connect the powered devices (access point, IP camera and IP phone) via Ethernet copper cables which is very convenient and cost-effective for places like warehouse. And the 24 port PoE switches can be used in offices to connect desktops or laptops. In addition, using the management console interface, an administrator can control various PoE functions, such as remotely rebooting cameras or access points, from anywhere on the network, including over the Internet.

Kind Reminder for PoE Network

Before ordering a PoE switch, consider what your long range goals are for the network in question. Will your organization be adding employees, projects, or new equipment in the next 6-months? Knowing the answer to this question will help you better determine the number of ports you’ll need. In many cases, future-proofing with a better PoE switch (with more ports) may actually be a much better investment than smaller switches that have fewer ports. Please remember to compare the PoE switch price and performance to determine which to buy. Moreover, it is suggested that higher category rated cabling be used because higher category cables such as cat6a typically have larger gauge sizes, and as power currents increase, the larger conductors will perform better than smaller cable.

Conclusion

With PoE switches, you can get fast deployment at the endpoint as it enables power and data transmission over the same cable, thus eliminates the need for additional wiring installations, saving on cost and redundant cabling. This post has compared the 24 port cheap PoE switch price and performance. For PoE switches with 8 port, or 48 port, before buying, you’d better make a network plan first and compare the performance, price of different vendors to choose the most cost-effective one.

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