D-Link Gigabitness

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D-Link Gigabitness
D-Link DGE-550T and DGE-530T
Test Setup and Gigabit Performance

Product(s): D-Link DGS-1005D Switch, DGE-550T & DGE-530T Nics.
Provided By:
D-Link Canada
Price(s): ~$80.00CDN, ~$85.00CDN & ~$25.00CDN respectively @ Pricegrabber.ca

Introduction:

A few weeks back D-Link asked me if I wanted to take a look at some of their products.  I quickly agreed and asked to take a look at some Gigabit networking gear as I am planning on moving to a bigger place in the near future and want to wire my house with a Gigabit network.  Within a week, they sent over a 5 port Gigabit switch, a 32/64 bit nic, and a 32 bit nic.  Following is a review of the products and how they work together.  We've thrown in a couple of other brand cards for good measure.  If you're thinking of moving to a gigabit network in your home or place of business, read on for our real world evaluation of what D-Link has to offer.

Let's get right to it and see what we're looking at today.

The DGS-1005D:

If you are planning on networking more than two computers, you need a switch.  The switch that D-Link sent over is the DGS-1005D.  This switch is geared toward those that have small networks or that just want to get their server backbone up on gigabit.

As you can see, the DGS-1005D comes with everything you need to get started with a GB network.  There is no software needed as this is an unmanaged switch.  The switch comes complete with an adapter, manual, a couple of wall-mounting screws and the standard issue D-Link rubber feet for stacking your D-Link products.


 

The front of the DGS-1005D is a little interesting for those who've never seen a GB switch before.  The top row of LED's indicates 100/1000 base network and the bottom row indicates a connection.  Not really much showing your top-notch 10 base network.  Not that anyone buying a 1000 base network will likely have an old 10base nic plugged into it. 

The backside of the DGS-1005D is pretty standard.  There are 5 10/100/1000 full-duplex auto-sensing, auto-negotiation ports.  All the ports can sense straight or crossover cables.  As long as the cable is good plug it in and it will work.  The switch's specs rate each port of up to 2000Mbit/sec transfer when in full duplex mode.  We'll take a look on the following pages and see exactly what kind of throughput you get.

Now that we've seen the switch, let's head on over and take a look at the nics, then we'll see what we used for tests systems and finally pull some tests.