Netgear XR500 router, EX8000, SX10 (10GigE) Switch review

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Product Showcase Netgear SX10 Switch (10 Gbit)

Product Showcase Netgear SX10 Switch


As stated, you are in for a treat. We do not review one or two products, no, Netgear also submitted their new gaming switch. Its full name is the Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10G/Multi-Gig-LAN-Switch‎ and basically is as stealthy as the other products. This beast of a switch doesn't just offer ten Gigabit jacks, no, two of them are 10 Gbit/s jacks.


2.5, 5 and 10G Ethernet is coming, and it is super fast. We'll be testing the switch and taking it for a quick test spin as well. So basically what we'll show you today is an entire network infrastructure aimed at games, wired and wireless.


Being a managed switch, the SX10 is pretty close to being enterprise-class hardware, the stuff that ends up in data-centers. It is priced like that though, at € 289,- / 289 USD / £249,-


The SX10 is outfitted with eight 1Gbps (GbE) LAN ports, plus two multi-speed uplinks that can operate as 100Mbps or 1-, 2.5-, 5-, or 10GbE ports.


The switch up-to 5 Gbps can manage fine with Cat 5e cabling, for 10 Gbps Cat 6a or higher is recommended.  


Alternatively, the switch allows you to perform LINK aggregation - so you may use the GbE or the multi-speed ports to gain more throughput. In theory, if you use the two multi-link ports that would get you towards a staggering 20Gbps. A number that even some ISPs and datacenters will envy. It's not anything noisy like any datacenter stuff though, all passive! The switch also has a management interface with a wide variety of options. You can configure VLANs, port mirroring, set/limit data rates and so on. Below, a couple of screenshots.




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