If you’re in search of a cost-efficient and easy to manage 10Gb switch, then you might want to focus your attention on QNAPs QSW-1208-8C Switch.

Generally, 10Gb of ethernet isn’t something new and it has already been around for some years. Thing is, it’s only now that its price and the whole ease of setting up the 10Gb is at a point where it comes off as extremely attractive to consumers.

When QNAP announced that they were releasing an affordable 10GbE switch that featured 10G BASE and SFP+, it surely piqued the attention of everyone in the NAS community.

Now if you’re one of those who have gotten quite interested in this device from QNAP, then you’re in luck since we’re going to talk about the QSW-1208-8C Switch today and see if it’s just as great and efficient as QNAP claims it to be.

QNAP QSW-1208-8C Switch Review – What’s in the Box?

The QSW-1208-8C 10GbE Switch from QNAP comes in a cardboard box that doesn’t feature any fancy designs. This is something you would usually see on the packaging of QNAP’s products. In front, an illustration of the device takes up most of the space; together with that, you will also find QNAP’s logo, the product’s name, as well as other logos that display all of the product’s key features.

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When you open the box, you will see that the device is surrounded by EPS foam to keep the QSW-1208-8C Switch highly protected and in place while in transit. It’s really good that QNAP considers the safety of their products, especially when these are being delivered to customers.

Aside from the QNAP QSW-1208-8C 10GbE Switch, other items that are present in the box include a power cable, an optional rack mount kit, rubberized feet for you to easily set this up on desktop, and lastly, a setup manual and warranty information.

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The Product

The QSW-1208-8C Switch from QNAP is a 12-port 10GbE unmanaged switch that lets you automatically upgrade your network at an affordable price. The device readily supports the 10G BASE-T, as well as the N BASE-T standards that allows you to take advantage of increased network speed with your current Cat 5e & 6a cables.

Both the SFP+ (fiber) and the RJ-45 (copper) ports are present for servicing a number of network requirements. It is also compliant with the IEEE 802.3 az which makes the QSW-1208-8C Switch energy-efficient as well.

With increased performance, excellent functionality, and low latency, the QNAP QSW-1208-8C Switch is something that would be best for upgrading your business or home network to back 10GbE connections. One of the things that you’ll notice first about the QNAP QSW-1208-8C Switch is its abundance of LEDs and ports in front and on the rear part of the device.

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When it comes to the ventilation on the QSW-1208-8C Switch, it is quite notable with its large ventilated panel slit located on one side of it. It also comes with dual internal fans that provides even better ventilation for the device. The presence of the two low noise smart fans and the certified EEE 802.3 az will increasingly aid in the reduction of power consumption for inactive and low-speed connections.

Looking at the front of the device, you will find numerous LEDs present. These indicate the speed, power, as well as the activity for each network port that is available. Each of these are numbered individually in their respective layout. On the rear portion of the QSW-1208-8C Switch, you will find a coms port that integrates the QNAP device to your current system maintenance and the power connector.

When looking at the top portion of the QSW-1208-8C Switch, you won’t see anything else but a huge logo of QNAP. There aren’t any other vents present, but since the QSW-1208-8C Switch is designed to be a rackmount or desktop mounted device, this isn’t that much of a surprise. Underneath, you will find a sticker that features all of the product’s important information.

The QSW-1208-8C Switch comes with four 10Gb SFP+ fiber ports and eight combo 10Gb SFP+ ports. It has a 240 Gbps switching capacity and its jumbo frame support is 9KB. The MAC ATS (address table size) is a total of 27K entries plus status indicators that are available include port transmission speed, link / activity, and power.

There are a total of 12 ports available and the device’s compliant standards are the following: IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3z, IEEE 802.3an, IEEE 802.3ae, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3az, IEEE 802.3aq, and IEEE 802.3bz.

For the power device, its nominal voltage is AC 120 / 230 Volts and requires 50 / 60Hz. It also makes use of an internal power supply. The QSW-1208-8C Switch is 4.74 pounds and has a dimension of 1.7 inches (H) x 11.2 inches (W) x 9.2 inches (D). Lastly, the QSW-1208-8C Switch has a limited 2-year warranty.

Product Features

Increased Speed with 10G BASE-T and N BASE-T

The QSW-1208-8C Switch is adaptable with the N BASE-T and 10GbE technologies to offer increased transmission speeds with the current cables. Depending on the length and types of cables, a variety of speed can be achieved to have faster and more effective data transfers. Additionally, the QNAP QSW-1208-8C Switch is backward compatible to offer connectivity for the legacy devices.

Near-Silent Performance + Efficient Energy Saving

With the smart and highly effective cooling system of the QSW-1208-8C Switch, it is able to function quietly for high-speed network performance without developing any kind of distracting noise in the background. The IEEE 802.3 az also decreases power consumption without even sacrificing or compromising the functionality and performance of the QSW-1208-8C Switch. By detecting the activities, link speed, and by adjusting appropriately, the QSW-1208-8C Switch will offer you energy savings of up to 50% to minimize the lifetime operational costs.

Versatile Installation + Sleek Appearance

The QSW-1208-8C Switch has a nice modern design which makes it sleek and really appealing. You can make it easily blend with your other home or office digital devices with ease which is really something that we appreciate. There’s also an included Rackmount Kit at no additional cost for installing the device in a rack.

Flexible Deployment + Eight Combo Ports

The 12-port QNAP AQSW-1208-8C Switch gives you four fiber ports and eight copper combo ports that will be used for connecting a variety of interfaces to a single switch. With the RJ-45 (copper) interface, the 10GbE will be supported with the Cat 6a, or higher, cables.

The directly attached copper cables can be utilized with the RJ-45 ports for linking to servers located within a rack. The capacity of switching with the QSW-1208-8C Switch is 240 GB/s, aiding the device to achieve complete potential of each port.

10GbE Ethernet

The 10-Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE is the fastest Ethernet standard LANs or hard-wired local area networks.  It is known as the most recent Ethernet technology. This network operates at 10Gbps, which is equal to ten times faster than the basic GbE.

Ethernet cabling is used to link computers to LANs used in homes, campuses, and businesses. Overtime, the technology of transmitting digital signals via Ethernet cabling has improved, thus, allowing faster rates for data transfer.

10GbE is different from the conventional Ethernet – 10GbE uses full-duplex protocol wherein data is transmitted concurrently in both directions with the use of a networking switch to connect devices.

With that, the technology strays from the CSMA/CD which are rules used to determine how the network devices respond when two devices try to use a data channel at the same. Since 10GbE uses bidirectional transmission, frame transfer becomes faster.

Uses
The 10GbE Ethernet has several uses. It allows for faster switching to achieve flawless integration of LAN, WAN, MAN, and SAN so you won’t have to address translation, routers, reassembling, and packet fragmentation. It also reduces the cost of bandwidth, plus it also allows for straightforward scalability. You can simply upgrade from 1GbE to 10GbE since there will be similar upgrade paths.

Advantages of 10GbE

10GbE has numerous advantages. First, it offers improved hardware, as well as efficiency in rack space since it is a smaller package. Instead of having a lot of Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet hardware, you can use a few 10G devices. This allows for additional space, faster internet connection, and reduced power consumption.

10G equipment can also help lessen the need for on-site servers, distributed Storage Area Network or SANs, as well as storage through virtual network applications. Although it may be impractical on 10 / 100 / 1000 speed rates, these are easily doable when you have the bandwidth offered by 10GbE equipment.

Using the Product

It’s not easy to find a reasonably priced 10GbE switch that comes with twelve ports and works silently. However, the QSW-1208-8C solves all of these issues and it is also completely compatible with a 1G router.

We tested this switch for home setup and we really appreciate that it worked very well. It doesn’t get too hot and its fans weren’t noisy. A lot of 10GbE switches have loud fans which we were not able to tolerate, but the QSW-1208-8C from QNAP was totally quiet the whole time during our testing.

The silence of its fans is a big consideration especially if you can’t tolerate high levels of noise or if you plan to use the QSW-1208-8C for office use. When the device is in use, the fans get faster but these do not produce noise. When it comes to transfer rates, everything about this device is good. 950 MB/s rates were sustained which we also appreciated.

If you want a 10GbE device for a small home network, the QSW-1208-8C is a great device to have. Another advantage of this is that it can also work well in a business environment. The Switch comes with rack mount flanges so if you plan to use this on a basic rack mount setup, you won’t need to purchase anything else.

Specifications

10G SFP+ (fiber) ports

  • 4

10G SFP+ (fiber) and RJ-45 (copper) ports (combo)

  • 8

Form Factor

  • Desktop/rackmount

Switching capacity

  • 240 Gbps

MAC address caching capacity

  • 27K

Number of priority queues

  • 8

Jumbo frame support

  • Up to 9K packet size

Power Supply Unit

  • 100 – 240 V AC, 50 -60 Hz, max. 2.5 A

Power Consumption (W)

  • All ports used, line-rate traffic: 49 W

Link-down standby

  • 21W

Fan

  • 2 low-noise smart fans

Sound Level

  • @ 25°C: 18.7 dB(A)

Operating Temperature & Relative Humidity

  • 0 – 40 ̊ C / 32 – 104° F
  • 10 – 85%, non-condensing

Electromagnetic compliance

  • Class A

LED Indicators

  • Per switch: Power
  • Per port: Speed, link, activity

Dimensions (H x W x D) 43 x 285 x 233 mm

Weight

  • 15 kg

Limited warranty

  • 2 years

Supported standards

  • IEEE 802.3 Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX
  • IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3x Full-Duplex Flow Control
  • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service
  • IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  • IEEE 802.3an 10GBASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3bz 5Gbps and 2.5Gbps Ethernet Over Copper Twisted Pair Cable
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10-Gigabit Ethernet Over Fiber
  • IEEE 802.3aq 10-Gigabit over Fiber (10GBASE-LRM)
  • IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet 1000BASE-SX/LX

Conclusion

The QSW-1208-8C Switch from QNAP is definitely something that a lot of people in the NAS and data community have been searching for. Since files are getting larger, the need for NAS and network access has been growing more each day. With that, faster connectivity such as the 10GbE and thunderbolt NAS have also become more popular.

Before it was released, the QSW-1208-8C Switch had only a few details and were subject to change. Despite that, it still had an impact to make people ask questions about it every single day.

Finally, when we got our hands on the device, we absolutely enjoyed our experience with it. This device is something you should consider if you want to designate priorities to some devices, have control on the flow of your network, or take advantage of combining links. However, if you want 10GbE and are considering to have these features in your network, the QSW-1208-8C Switch is one of the best devices you can get today.

With the market making a big and fast move towards these devices with 10GbE 10GBASE-T or RJ-45, together with the growth of the very fast 60Ghz Wi-Fi, it is smart to purchase the QSW-1208-8C Switch. It performs very well and without any noise so we highly recommend this device.

Where to Buy

Get your hands on the QSW -1208-8C Switch for around $800AUD from your local retailer. For more information head on over to the QNAP website.

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