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Stephen Brock
Small Switch Recommendations
on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:04:46 pm

I just ordered a QNAP TVS-872XT for my first real 4K editing NAS for myself and my Assistant Editor plus Client workstation... Horay for me! (Looking for Bob Zelin's blessing!!)

Now the switch...should I just grab a QNAP QSW-1208-8C and be done with it? I don't think I need any heavy network management tools, this is a mom-and-pop operation. I currently have a little trusty 1gbe Ubiquiti Edge 10X, which I love, for wireless AP, smartthings automation hub and hardline internet access. Should I then add Ubiquiti's 10gbe equivalent ($670) to my rack then to keep management cohesive? I'm assuming it's all compatible anyway...

Lastly, should I ditch my 1gbe switch and just move everything to the new 10gbe switch or keep internet access, smart hub separate from my 10gbe network?

Would love everyone's thoughts and experiences...


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Stephen Brock
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Dec 28, 2019 at 10:33:40 pm

So I actually just stumbled on this thread:
https://forum.qnap.com/viewtopic.php?t=150329

Looks like the Netgear XS708T may be the most tried and true method best suited for my needs.
So the remaining question: Do I need a separate gigabit network or just put on everything on the same 10gig network?


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Bob Zelin
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Dec 28, 2019 at 10:38:49 pm

yes, the XS708T is the most tried and true. And it's just a few dollars more.
And yes, you need to keep your wonderful Ubiquiti 1G switch. We are setting up 2 networks -
A 1G network, and an isolated 10G network.

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Bob Zelin
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Dec 28, 2019 at 10:37:34 pm

I am not a fan of the QSW-1208-8C only because I cannot monitor it over the internet. This is not a managed switch, or can it do LACP Link Aggregation. Currently the Netgear XS708T on Amazon is
$619. With that said, the QSW-1208-8C will work perfectly fine for you, certainly in a small enviornment.

You keep TWO networks going. This switch is not for the internet. You have a very nice
Ubiquiti Edge 10X. That is great for your house internet and reliable WiFi. That will plug into one of the two 1G ethernet ports on your TVS-872XT (if you want remote access to the QNAP, and sync to Google Drive, Drop Box, etc.). The single 10G port on the TVS-872XT (ethernet port 1) will go to your 10G switch, and your 2 client computers will connect to this switch as well, via 10G.

Easy, and reliable. Don't forget the 10G adaptors for your edit workstations !

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Stephen Brock
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Dec 28, 2019 at 11:07:52 pm

Thanks Bob!


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Stephen Brock
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 13, 2020 at 10:42:08 pm

Whelp it's all assembled and cable routing and management is...well, it's in there. ☺


I'm using 8x 7200rpm HGST 6TB drives in RAID6, plus 2x 500gb NVME for a 1tb read-only cache. Everything is going through a Netgear XS708T over Cat6A, about a 100ft run for each PC/Win10 workstation with QNAP 10gbe NICs.

On Workstation A, I'm getting a pretty respectable 850MB/s write and 1,100MB/s read. But Workstation B is closer to 250MB/s write and 375MB/s read. What gives? Both workstations are pretty identical builds and are using the same cables, etc... What's the troubleshooting process here?


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Bob Zelin
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 14, 2020 at 1:26:20 am

you do not say what your computers are, or what operating systems they are running.
Did you disable SMB signing on both ?
Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Stephen Brock
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:58:12 pm

They're both Windows 10 PC's. And yes, SMB signing is disabled on both as far as I'm aware. I just went to windows features and made sure smb 1.0/cifs file sharing support and smb direct were both unchecked.


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Bob Zelin
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 14, 2020 at 7:26:21 pm

same motherboard?

you need to be in a x4 PCIe slot for the 10G card in the Win 10 PC's.

Bob

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Stephen Brock
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 20, 2020 at 4:59:09 pm

Wow...Yup, that was it... *facepalm*

Thanks a million. Getting about 800~950MB/s on both machines now. Cheers!


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Bob Zelin
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:14:07 pm

who do you love ?

Bob

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Stephen Brock
Re: Small Switch Recommendations
on Jan 20, 2020 at 6:13:39 pm

Only you, Bob. You're all I need. Lol!


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