Trendnet Managed and Unmanaged Gigabit
|Trendnet Managed and Unmanaged Gigabit|
|TEG-160WS Features and Specifications|
|TEG-S24R Features and Specifications|
|TEG-160WS Configuration and Setup|
|Testing and Final Thoughts|
As home networks grow, many consumers are looking at pulling in more expensive - business oriented hardware into their homes. I know a few people in the tech business that have more than eight Gigabit-connected devices in their home and want to run a central switch to all of their machines. Previously, 16-Port or greater Gigabit products have been way out of reach for the average users, but the products we're looking at from Trendnet today will fit a large home network and provide the Quality-of-Service required for your business. We are looking at a pair of switches - a 16-Port Gigabit Web Smart Switch as well as a standard unmanaged 24-Port Gigabit switch. We used these at VulcLAN earlier this year and have great success with them.
While these are really two different classes of switches - one designed for a larger, low traffic network and the other for a medium sized office with a high-traffic network, we are comparing them against each other and a few other products we've recently looked at. This should give you an idea of what one will best suit your needs.
The managed switch is quite large and is geared for a large rack. It can be used on the desktop of course, but the size is best served in a nice 1U rack whole. In this box, there is some software to install so you can find and configure the switch. By default, it has an IP of 192.168.0.1 and it may cause issues on your network if you don't configure it prior to deployment. The 24-Port switch just comes straight up and ready to go.
Out of the box, you can see that there is a lot of free space on the front of the 16-Port switch, while the 24-Port unit is more compact and makes better use of the front. All cables plug in and have indicator LEDs to the left of the ports. You'll also see that the 16-Port switch has a couple of mini-GBIC slots to boot. This shows that the 16-Port Web Smart switch is made and ready for a higher volume traffic as the mini-GBIC will support regular copper, long-wave single-mode optical fiber that can run well over 100km in length. This may be a good way to hook up your friends to your network.
On the next page we'll look at the features and specs of these two switches before we configure the Web-Smart TEG-160WS and do a little performance testing.