Cisco SR2016T 16-Port Rackmount 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch.
There are a few things that always run out. Time, money, hard disk space and ports in a switch. A while back, I bought a 8 port Gigabit switch from TP Link and thinking it is probably enough.. After a few months, it is NOT enough :). Primarily due to the Apple TV2, a new work laptop as well as countless network experiments I am doing at home (e.g. TL-WR702N and soon to arrive TL-WR703N)…
The price difference between a 8 port switch and a 16 port switch is still quite big but interestingly, I noticed that, compared to a few months ago, prices of 16 port has dropped quite a bit. For example, D-Link 16-Port 10/100/1000 Rackmountable Switch has a new black packaging (it used to be white/green) and has a $100 lower price. It was SGD 270 or so but now has dropped to SGD 170. And even the 24 port has also dropped by a similar amount. Even the Netgear JGS516 ProSafe 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch has dropped to about SGD 170 (but in an brown box)…
Admittedly, I was very tempted but in the end, after much thoughts, I decided the switch is the blood-line in my home network and better to get an enterprise level strength. Frankly, I don’t know if my choice is good (from Amazon, it is) but I just went ahead…
This is what I got: Cisco SR2016T 16-Port Rackmount 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch.
Take note that the part number is Cisco SG 100-16 and you want the Cisco SR2016T version (not the Cisco SR2016 version).
With an iPhone for comparison
One thing I cannot get used to is the cables are now in front (instead of at the back like the home switches
Switch on and it works immediately.. with all the green LED lights flashing away 🙂 🙂