I use an Apple TimeCapsule (2011) as my home LAN router.
I've run out of free Ethernet ports on the TimeCapsule, so I need to extend the network; probably using a Gigabit switch.
From the TimeCapsule, I'm going to run a 10 metre CAT6 Ethernet cable, to a switch, and then from that connect to my NAS and Philips Hue hub. The NAS is my main media server, so therefore network speed is a consideration.
I have never purchased a Gigabit switch before, so I'm pretty oblivious where to begin searching in the consumer jungle.
- Are Gigabit switches generally commoditized products, or are they differentiated in meaningful ways?
- If so, what are the considerations that generally should be taken into account? Speed, security, ease and access to configuration, choice of brand and services/support?
My impression is that switches for home use are relatively commoditized and fail-safe products, and cost competitive alternatives can be easily found. Am I wrong in this? Could the switch, for instance, impair the functionality of my NAS in some way?
- I'm looking for a fairly cheap Gigabit Switch, typically with 3-4 ports. Perhaps around the $30-50 USD mark or less if possible.
- It should have all functionality that should be expected of a consumer-grade personal LAN Gigabit switch.