10GbE SFP Switch vs 10GBASE-T Switch: How to Choose?

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As we know, 10 Gigabit Ethernet network is the trend of the present data centers. For 10GbE switch solutions: 10GbE SFP switch and 10GBASE-T switch are the two choices. How to choose the most appropriate and the best 10G connectivity solution? And could it be able to support data center deployments and acclimate trend concerning current situation and the future? In order to clear things up, this article will respectively discuss 10GbE SFP switch and 10GBASE-T switch network solutions.

10GbE SFP Switch Solution

With the performance of superior throughput and latency, 10GbE SFP Ethernet switch is a cost-effective solution compared to Gigabit network switch. By reason of the attractive improvement in bandwidth, port density and reduced power consumption, the 10GbE SFP switch has become the choice for latency sensitive application. During different switches of various port configurations, a 48 port 10GbE SFP switch is the most future-proofing one with abundant applications in business oriented network that can lower the overall infrastructure costs in the aspect of cables and switch ports.

FS S5800-48F4S SFP switch with 48-port 1GbE SFP and 4-port 10GbE SFP+ in a compact 1RU form factor is particularly aimed at solving the problems of access to core 10G network connectivity for businesses and data centers.

FS S5800-48F4S 10Gb SFP Switch

10GBASE-T Switch Solution

10 Gigabit Ethernet switch over copper cable addresses bottleneck problem and creates great ROI and performance since it is fully backwards compatible with 100/1000BASE-T and works with existing structured cabling systems, providing IT technicians the most flexibility in server placement. Take FS S5850-48T4Q switch as an example, it comes with 48 10GBASE-T Ethernet ports, 4 40GE QSFP+ Ethernet ports and management & Console ports (RJ45). All the 10GBASE-T copper ports can auto-negotiate and communicate effectively with legacy 1Gbit/s and 100Mbit/s server connections that are cabled with Cat6 and Cat6a cabling.

FS S5850-48T4Q 10GBASE-T switch

10GbE SFP Switch vs 10GBASE-T Switch: Which Is the Best 10G Network Solution?

As the basis of upgrading network, 10G network has been omnipresent in data center, enterprise network and even home networking. As for two different 10G network solutions: 10GbE SFP switch vs 10GBASE-T switch, which one would be better?

  • Price

The cost reduction of 10GBASE-T technology in the past years has made the usage of SFP+ become an additional expense of adapters for the servers. By contrast, the cost of 10GBASE-T ToR switch is 20% to 40% less than that of SFP+ ToR switch. So 10GBASE-T is much cheaper and provides the most economical solution than SFP+ solution.

  • Backwards Compatibility

10GBASE-T owns the advantage of being an interoperable and standards-based technology that uses the familiar RJ45 connector. It provides backwards compatibility with legacy networks. While SFP switch is limited with little or no backwards compatibility.

  • Power Consumption and Latency

The power consumption of 10GBASE-T switch is 1.5 to 4 Watts per port depending on the distance, while SFP switch uses less power consumption which is typically less than 1 Watts per port. What is more, SFP switch offers better latency with about 0.3 microseconds per link. 10GBASE-T latency is about 2.6 microseconds per link due to more complex encoding schemes within the equipment. With lower power consumption and latency, 10GbE SFP switch is fitted well for large high-speed super-computing applications where latency is a critical factor and high port counts can benefit significant power savings.

Conclusion

When you have to choose between 10GbE SFP switch vs 10GBASE-T switch for the best 10G network solution, the decision should be based on your real need. In general, for equipment that power consumption and lower latency are crucial, a 10Gb SFP switch might be more suitable. However, if cost, flexibility and compatibility are more vital, you may consider a 10GBASE-T switch. Both of them should find an appropriate place in the future of network design and practice.

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FS S3800-48T4S 48 Port Switch Introduction

It is well known that cabling system in data center consists of multiple devices, such as fiber optic transceiver, fiber optic patch cable, network switch and etc. As a member of the whole cabling system, 48 port switch with high density cabling plays a critical role to satisfy different sizes of networking deployment. In order to help you better understand 48 port switch, in this article we will mainly focus on FS S3800-48T4S 48 port switch introduction and its connection with transceivers and cables.

FS S3800-48T4S 48 Port Switch Overview

As a part of S3800 series family, FS S3800-48T4S is a 48 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 copper ports and 4 10G SFP+ ports Gigabit switch that is designed for medium or larger network environment. This fully managed switch with fixed 10G SFP+ ports for uplinks can satisfy the demand for now and future. In addition, FS S3800-48T4S 48 port switch comes with two separate supplies: single power and dual power versions which can be used as alternatives and selected in accordance with different occasion and situation. With 2 build-in cooling fans, plenty vents are reserved for better cooling to maintain a stable and effective operating environment.

FS S3800-48T4S 48 port switch

FS S3800-48T4S 48 Port Switch Highlights

FS S3800-48T4S 48 port fully managed switch can be easily configured and monitored through a web-based graphical user interface and CLI command. It is excellent on hardware and software, which perfectly matches applications of small networks.

Key characteristics in other aspects of FS S3800-48T4S 48 port switch include:

  • User-friendly Web GUI for management control
  • VLAN support for traffic segmentation
  • Quality of Service (QoS) for traffic prioritization
  • LACP to increase bandwidth and provide redundant links
  • Rate limitation for preferable bandwidth allocation
  • Jumbo frame support
  • SNMP to monitor network devices and connections
  • DHCP snooping to prevent from malicious DHCP traffic and improve the security

FS S3800-48T4S 48 Port Switch Connection With Transceivers and Fiber Optics

The FS S3800-48T4S 48 port switch has 4 10G SFP+ ports so that it can take advantage of a number of 10G optical transceivers and cables to connect with other network devices, including 10G SFP+, BiDi SFP+, CWDM SFP+, DWDM SFP+, 10GBASE-T SFP+, 10G DAC cable and AOC cable. On account of backwards compatibility on 1G SFP for this 48 port switch, its SFP+ ports can be plugged into SFP modules, such as SFP, BiDi SFP, CWDM SFP, DWDM SFP and 1000BASE-T SFP. What is more, S3800-48T4S switch is compatible with the mainstream transceivers of other brands so as to create a flexible and convenient usage experience.

Conclusion

In the past years, 10G uplink ports of network switch have been too expensive in the market so that the popularization was not wide. Currently, high density port switch is popular with small and middle-sized business data center. FS S3800-48T4S 48 port switch is now a highly affordable and cost effective way for 10G network in respond to the market signals. If you have any demands for S3800-48T4S 48 port switch and its supported modules and cables, FS would always be your good choice.

Related Article: FS S3800-24T4S Stackable 24 Port Switch Introduction

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How to Choose the Right PoE Cabling

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that enables electrical current to be transmitted over standard Ethernet network cables rather than traditional power cords. By operating power and data transmission over a single Ethernet cable, PoE has achieved popularization in a variety of applications, such as IP cameras, IP phones and Wireless Access Points. However, if there is no right PoE cabling, PoE can encounter cable heating and connectivity issues which will adversely affect the transmission performance from PoE switch to these devices and in reverse. So in this article, we will discuss some considerable factors and FS product recommendations related with PoE cabling.

PoE technology applications-PoE switch connecting to IP phones, APs and IP cameras by Ethernet cable

Figure1: PoE technology applications—PoE switch connecting to IP phones, APs and IP cameras by Ethernet cable

Importance of the Right PoE Cabling

Heat generation in cable bundles is one of the biggest issues that affect PoE performance. When power is added to balanced twisted-pair cabling, the copper conductors generate heat and then temperature rises. In the meanwhile, high temperature will bring about higher insertion loss and shorten permissible cable lengths in result. Due to more power dissipation in cabling, bit error rate and power costs increase consecutively. A proper and right PoE cabling with PoE switch becomes especially crucial to the network quality and reliability.

Cabling Considerations for PoE Switch

According to the above introduction, we have known the importance of right PoE cabling. Now, some cabling considerations with PoE switch are suggested to help lower cabling temperature.

  • Category Cabling

Higher category-rated cable typically means larger gauge size. When power currents increase, these larger conductors can perform better than smaller cable. For instance, with larger gauge size, Cat6a can reduce resistance and keep power waste to a minimum degree as it has a lower temperature increase compared to smaller gauge Cat5e. This advantageous performance will create additional flexibility with larger bundle sizes, closed installation conditions and higher ambient temperatures.

  • Cable Structure

Copper cable can be divided into UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) and STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) cable based on cable structure. Cables with metallic or foil shields, like STP cables are proved to dissipate more heats than UTP (Unshielded Twisted Paired) cables. If possible, choosing a Cat6a STP cable with a foil shield around each pair which can dissipate more heats than Cat5e UTP cable.

  • Installation Configuration

Cables plugged into PoE switch in the middle of the bundle always heat up more than those toward the outer layer of the bundle since they have difficulty in radiating heat out into the environment. Therefore, separating large cable bundles into smaller ones or avoiding tight bundles will help reduce temperature rise. On the other hand, enclosed conduit can contribute to heat issue. To use ventilated cable trays would get better airflow.

FS PoE Switches & Ethernet Cables Solution

When it comes to PoE cabling, we will need PoE gigabit switch and Ethernet cables to construct a network. For PoE switch, FS offers fully managed PoE switches with SFP/SFP+ ports, which deliver robust performance for increasing networks. The details of FS PoE switches are listed as below.

As for small-sized families or networks, an 8 port PoE switch is adequate, such as S1130-8T2F (130W) or S1250-8T2F (250W). While for larger enterprises or businesses, a 24 or 48 port PoE switch would be better, like S1400-24T4F, S1600-24T4F or S1600-48T4S. For Ethernet cables, FS also provides various types of cables including Cat6a, Cat6, Cat5e and Cat7 Ethernet patch cables to satisfy your cabling solution demands.

Conclusion

Choosing the right and proper PoE cabling is essential. The cabling you choose decides how fast your network can be. And whether PoE devices can operate well depend on three parameters, including category cabling, cable structure and installation configuration. For cabling equipment, FS provides varieties of PoE switches and high quality Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a and Cat7 PoE cables with shielded or unshielded type. If you need to build PoE connections, FS is a good choice.

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Understanding Combo SFP Port on Ethernet Switch

For new comers who are not familiar with the structure and functionality of Ethernet switch, they are apt to get confused with different ports built in for different connection. Except for those common ports on SFP switch, such as SFP port , there is another port called “combo SFP port”. Do you know what is it and what is the difference between SFP port and combo SFP port? In this article we aim to give you comprehensive understanding of combo SFP port on Ethernet switch.

What Is Combo SFP Port on Ethernet Switch?

In a nutshell, a combo SFP port is regarded as a single interface with dual front ends, i.e. an RJ-45 connector and an SFP (Small Form Pluggable) module (also called Mini-GBIC) connector. In other words, this is a compound port which can share the same switch fabric, port number and allow the users to configure their SFP switch according to different applications. But the two different physical ports can not be used simultaneously. It means that you can either plug a cable into copper 10/100/1000 interface, or plug the cable into SFP slot.

A combo SFP port is a way to provide different types of connectivity and give users the power and flexibility to configure SFP switch for unique application requirements. Below is the demonstration of 4 combo SFP ports on FS SFP switch.

combo SFP port on a SFP switch

What Is the Difference Between SFP Port and Combo Port?

Combo interface, also known as optoelectronic multiplexing interface which is a switch device panel with two Ethernet ports: an optical port and an electrical port. Combo electrical port and its corresponding optical port are logically multiplexed, and the user can choose which one to use according to the actual network demand. But when one of the ports is activated, the other port is automatically blocked since they can not be used at the same time.

While SFP port (mini-GBIC port), a small form-factor hot pluggable interface, is designed for high speed and density SFP connection. SFP ports on SFP switch support both copper and optical links. When SFP ports on SFP switch are inserted into SFP modules with electrical ports, Ethernet copper cables are needed for data transmission. If SFP ports are plugged by SFP optical modules with optical ports, then fiber patch cables are required.

Introduction to FS.COM 24 Port Switch With 4 Combo SFP Ports

There are many SFP switches with combo SFP ports, but today we are going to take FS S3800-24F4S: 24 port switch with 4 combo SFP ports as an example to illustrate the usage of combo SFP ports on a SFP switch.

S3800-24F4S 24-port Gigabit switch comes with 20x 100/1000Base SFP, 4x 1GE combo and 4x 10GE SFP+ slots which offers up to 128Gbps switching capacity to synchronously process the traffic on all ports without any packet loss. The 4 combo SFP ports on switch facilitate the application of different connectivity, making it more flexible to configure the switch. In addition, this diversiform port combination form provides a high bandwidth aggregation connectivity for multiple switches to enhance network capacity. All in all, this 24-port Gigabit managed switch is fit for enterprise network operators who pursue high performance and low power processor to provide full speed forwarding and line-dormant capacity.

Conclusion

From the above introduction, we have known that combo SFP port on SFP switch is a port type to carry out different connection applications. For combo SFP ports on Ethernet switch, only one of the twisted pair port or SFP slot can be used. For SFP ports on SFP switch, it can be either plugged into Ethernet copper cable with RJ45 SFP module, or optical fiber cable with fiber SFP module to achieve short and long reach distance transmission. What is more, FS S3800-24F4S is a good example of combo SFP ports on switch. If you have any need, FS would be a choice.

Related Article: Understanding SFP Ports on SFP Switch

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PoE Switch for IP Cameras

With further enhancement of safety consciousness from general public, IP cameras are widely used in areas like schools, enterprises, public areas and even families. Using a PoE switch for IP security cameras to ensure the safety of people and business is a common and popular behavior nowadays. In this article we will intend to explore the advantages of using a PoE switch and help you choose a proper PoE switch for IP cameras as well.

PoE switch application

Figure1: PoE switch application

Benefits of PoE Switch for IP Cameras

When talking about PoE technology, some users may think that it is dispensable to buy a PoE switch with a relatively high price since a PoE injector can also achieve power supply and even space saving for IP cameras. But the reality is that if you have many PoE-enabled devices like 10 IP cameras, it is the optimal choice to use a PoE switch. In addition, it also provide the following benefits for IP cameras:

  • Easy Management and Low Cost

A PoE managed switch allows the power supply for each camera to be controlled remotely from any point in IP camera systems. It greatly benefits users to reboot those non-responding IP cameras without going to the camera’s location and therefore achieve cost and labor savings.

  • Long Runs

IP cameras can be installed anywhere no matter they are located in the far-field region or near-field region. The distance of running PoE IP camera can be up to 100m with a single Cat5e cable. Certainly, if longer runs are required, PoE repeaters may be needed.

  • Resilience to Power Failure

In general, all IP cameras are powered from one switch. So it can ensure continual surveillance in the case of a power cut if you attach a central UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) to the PoE switch.

Necessary Considerations When Choosing PoE Switch for IP Cameras

PoE switches come in different sizes, features and functions, so choosing a proper switch to match IP cameras sometimes constitutes a daunting task. Below we will introduce some essential considerations for your reference.

  • Port Count

According to the number of PoE-enabled devices, you need to decide how many ports of switch you need. This is a basic consideration when buying a PoE switch. To choose the switch that has larger PoE ports than your device number which is for your future-proofing upgrade. In a general way, 8 port PoE switch is suitable for small-sized families, while 48 port PoE switch can meet demands of larger businesses.

  • Unmanaged or Managed

For managed PoE switch, they enable network administrators to check the quality of the network copper cables linked to each switch port so as to help administrators to have a good command of the whole network.

  • IP Camera Power Consumption

Network designers need to know the power consumption for each switch port. It helps users to know how many IP cameras can be used. Since the power consumption of IP camera varies from type to type, it is important to know power budget of PoE managed switches so as to ensure the normal work of IP cameras.

Conclusion

PoE managed switch provides a simple and cost-effective wiring to power IP cameras. Choosing a suitable one is not a simple work, and this article explores several considerations when buying a PoE switch for IP cameras. For PoE managed switches with 8 port, 24 port and 48 port to apply to different IP camera security systems, FS is your good choice.

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Recommendations for 48 Port Switches

In order to satisfy the growing demand of an improved enterprise network management, a significant change in the market was the appearance of 48 port switch. The 48 port gibabit switch is considered as a first-rank solution that offers proper port density and great scalability potential for a relatively larger network. In this article we will recommend 4 different kinds of 48 port gigabit switches to you on the basis of managed or unmanaged and PoE or non-PoE.

Managed 48 Port Switch Recommendation

  • Non-PoE: FS S3800-48T4S

As a member of S3800 series family, S3800-48T4S is a 48 100/1000Base-T ports Gigabit managed switch with 4 10G SFP+ uplinks that is designed for medium or larger network environment. With rich enterprise-class and managed features, this 48 port switch can be easily configured and monitored through a web-based graphical user interface. It has two separate supplies: single power and dual power versions which can be used as alternatives and selected in accordance with different requirements. In general, the S3800-48T4S 48 port switch is the ideal L2+ access switch solution with 10GbE uplink for converged data, video and voice networking.

  • PoE: FS S1600-48T4S

As a managed PoE switch, FS S1600-48T4S comes with 48 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 Ethernet ports, 1 console port and 4 10G SFP+ slots, which transmits both power and data through a single Ethernet cable at the same time. It dramatically simplifies the process of installing APs, IP cameras, VoIP phones and other PoE-enabled devices. This 48 port PoE swith allows users to connect to a high-performance storage server directly or deploy a long-distance uplink to another switch.

Unmanaged 48 Port Switch Recommendation

  • Non-PoE: TP-LINK TL-SG1048

The TL-SG1048 unmanaged Gigabit switch with 48 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 ports provides you with a high-performance, easy-to-use and standard upgrade to boost your old network to 1000Mbps. It supports IEEE 802.3x flow control for full duplex mode and backpressure for half duplex mode. Its plug and play design also optimizes the installation process. TL-SG1048 48 port switch is designed to meet the needs of the demanding workgroup and departmental connectivity requirements.

  • PoE: Cisco SF200-48P

The Cisco SF200-48P unmanaged switch includes 48 10/100Base-TX fast Ethernet ports, 24 of which support Power over Ethernet to PoE-enabled IP devices like VoIP phones that allows you achieve business-class network security and performance. This 48 port PoE switch includes QoS features to enable you to prioritize delay-sensitive traffic in network and let you converge all of your communications solutions such as IP telephony and video surveillance over a single Ethernet network.

Conclusion

Nowadays, high density port switch is popular with small and middle-sized business data center. What is more, 48 port switch is becoming a hot topic. This article focuses on the recommendation of 4 types of 48 port switch for different requirements: managed non-PoE switch, managed PoE switch, unmanaged non-PoE switch and unmanaged PoE switch. Each kind of 48 port switch has its own characteristics and functions when applied to different situations and demands. For 48 port gigabit switch or 48 port PoE switch, FS.COM could always be a good choice.

Related Article: 24 Port Switch Recommendation

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Should I Buy an Ethernet Switch or a Hub?

Since a switch performs the same job as a hub that they are both able to transmit data from one computer to another, an Ethernet switch is sometimes called a hub. Furthermore, some people even use these two terms interchangeably to refer to one box because of their similarity in appearance. However, there is a great difference between a true hub and a network switch. In order to help you differentiate them and buy what you really need, we will introduce the respective basics and applications of Ethernet switch and hub.

The Basics of an Ethernet Switch

An Ethernet switch is commonly referred to as a multi-port network bridge that processes and routes data on a data link layer (layer 2) and sometimes network layer (layer 3) of the OSI model. An Ethernet switch is an intelligent device which transmits data to specific MAC addresses within the LAN. It has the capability to learn and distinguish between specific addresses by accessing them from a CAM table. And it can do everything a hub does with higher efficiency and recognize the intended destination of the information that they receive.

ethernet switch

The Basics of a Hub

A hub works on the physical layer or layer 1 of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model. It is a device that connects multiple Ethernet devices on one network and makes them work together as a single network. A hub does not examine the data it receives or sends, so when a packet arrives at one port, it is just copied to the other ports so that all segments of the LAN can see all packets.

hub

Ethernet Switch vs Hub: Which One Should I Buy

Hub was initially popular due to the high price of Ethernet switch, while switch is not so expensive these days. Hubs are gradually becoming obsolete in some occasions. But they are still useful in special circumstances. Below are the application comparisons between Ethernet switch vs hub.

  • For small-sized families, a hub is the easiest and least expensive way to construct a network of personal computers together; when it refers to Gigabit switch, an 8 port Gigabit switch is a structured wiring solution designed to satisfy this need.
  • People tend to benefit a lot from an Ethernet switch over a hub if their home network has four or more computers, or if they want to use their home network for applications that can generate significant amounts of network traffic, such as multiplayer games or heavy music file sharing. By generating less network traffic in delivering messages, an Ethernet switch performs better than a hub on busy networks.
  • In a small network where there are lesser users or devices, a hub can easily deal with the network traffic and is also a cheaper option for connecting devices to a network. While when the network becomes larger with about 50 users, it is better to use Ethernet switch to cut down those unnecessary traffic.
  • If the performance-monitoring tool shows the situations of network bottleneck or congested network, the hub may need to be replaced with Ethernet switch for increased performance. This is vitally important when working with both hubs and switches in a production environment.

Conclusion

Ethernet switch and hub are frequently used in the same network. A hub extends the network by providing more ports and an Ethernet switch divides the network into smaller, less congested divisions. You can choose to buy Ethernet switch or hub according to your different demands.

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How to Choose an 8-port Gigabit Switch?

Nowadays, there are many different kinds of switches in the market. According to the quantity of devices you have and the people who use the network, you need to choose corresponding switch. Broadly speaking, if you want to expand your network without big expense, the basic Ethernet switch is a better choice for small and medium environments to boost performance and efficiency of network, such as 16-port and 24-port Gigabit switch. For small-sized families, an 8-port Gigabit switch would be adequate. This article will put emphasis on 8-port Gigabit switch and selection considerations.

8-port Gigabit Switch

Overview of 8-port Gigabit Switch

Today we would take FS.COM S1130-8T2F managed PoE+ switch as an example to have a rough idea of 8 port Gigabit switch. S1130-8T2F comes with 8x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 Ethernet ports, 1x console port and 2x Gigabit SFP slots. It can supply power to network equipment such as weather-proof IP cameras, VoIP phones and wireless access points (WAP). This managed PoE+ switch is highly flexible with high resistance to electromagnetic interference. It also features high performance in stability and environmental adaptability. The detailed specification of S1130-8T2F 8 port switch is shown in the below:

Switch Class Layer2+
Switch Chip VITESSE
Fans Fanless Design
Jumbo frames Up to 9KB
Power Consumption Per PoE Port Max. 30W
Max. Power Consumption 130W
Power Supply Input 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
Switching Capacity 20Gbps
Forwarding Rate 14.88Mpps
Packet Buffer Memory 4M
PoE Standard Compliant with IEEE802.3af/at
VLANs Up to 4K
Web Management Interface Supported
Power Pin Type End-span

Selection Considerations of 8-port Gigabit Switch

Careful planning before purchasing a switch will help you save money. In the meantime, it can help you ensure the equipment has the functionality that you organization needs, or the switches can expand their capabilities as your requirements change and grow. Here are some considerations that you can refer to help guide your 8 port Gigabit switch purchase.

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) or Non-PoE

PoE is the capability of the switch to deliver power to a device over the existing Ethernet cable which can simplify the cabling process and cut network cost, such as VoIP phones and some wireless access points. An 8-port PoE switch is one of the most popular PoE switches for IP camera system.

  • Unmanaged or Managed

Unmanaged switch can only provide basic connectivity between devices without user configuration. While managed switch can be customized to enhance the functionality of a certain network and allow users to adjust speed, monitors traffic and report network activity. In the long run, a managed 8-port Gigabit switch may be a better choice.

  • Stackable or Standalone

As network improves, you will need more switches to provide network connectivity to meet the need of growing number of devices in the network. When using standalone switches, each switch is managed and configured as an individual entity. By comparison, stackable switches offer a way to simplify and increase the availability of the network.

Conclusion

The 8-port Gigabit switch is a structured wiring solution designed to satisfy the needs of bandwidth-intensive networking applications. With a plug and play installation, it is in a position to transmit gigabit-speed Ethernet through the network. From this article you may have a basic knowledge about 8 port Gigabit switch. If you are interested in it, FS.COM would be one of your choice.

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Fiber Optic Cable vs Wireless: Which One Would You Prefer

With the swift development of science and technology, the majority of people have access to the Internet. Our home and enterprise networks rely on either wired technology or wireless technology. Wireless communication technology is also regarded as a modern alternative to traditional wired networking. When both sides: fiber optic cable vs wireless are the opposites in a competition, which one will win the favor?

wired network vs wireless network

Fiber Optic Cable vs Wireless: What Is Fiber?

It is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. It is delivered through thin glass pipes known as fiber optic cable with the usage of light waves. This technology is generally considered as the successor to DSL broadband which is delivered over copper telephone network.

Fiber Optic Cable vs Wireless: What Is Wireless?

Wireless network is a network set up by using radio signal frequency to communicate among computers and other network devices. Sometimes it is also referred to WiFi network or WLAN. This network is getting popular nowadays with the feature of easy setup and no cabling involvement. You can connect computers anywhere in your home without the need for wires.

Fiber Optic Cable vs Wireless: Which One Is Better?

We are going to compare fiber optic cable vs wireless from below 3 aspects:

comparison between wired and wireless network

  • Speed

Theoretically, the wireless network can transmit data at the same speed as fiber optical cable. Practically, fiber optical cable can achieve higher maximum speed. When network becomes congested, the more users at one time who surf the Internet and share the same bandwidth, the more crowded and slower the wireless network will become. A wired Ethernet connection can notionally offer up to 10Gb/s if you have a Cat6 Ethernet cable. The exact maximum speed of your Ethernet cable depends on the type of Ethernet cable you are using.

  • Distance

Furthermore, the signal strength of wireless can be weakened over long distance. Fiber optic wire can convey a clear signal much farther. Take single mode fiber of wired network as an example, it is applied for wide-range data applications and commonly used in carrier networks, PONs, and MANs. In general, wired network offers quicker speed and longer distance transmission without interference and is more reliable than WIFI as well.

  • Convenience of Installation

To install fiber network can be time consuming and quite complicated. Depending on the business environment and other variables, the process of installation of fiber network usually takes months. On the other hand, installing Microwave Fixed Wireless Internet only takes days and requires fewer resources.

Conclusion

Each coin has two sides. For fiber optic cable vs wireless, the network connection is no exception. Wired connection will provide more reliability and have less potential for interference. While wireless connection will offer greater flexibility and the ability to easily addition of devices to your network. It all depends on what you would like to do and how you want to use your connection. If you have any demands for products to set up a wired Internet, FS.COM would supply a variety of relevant fiber optic cables and other applications.

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What Is the Difference: Twinax vs Twisted Pair

With the passage of time and the development of information era by leaps and bounds, the demand for more bandwidth and data transmission to satisfy the ever-increasing number of operating systems and applications is becoming a cumulatively common trend. As the media types of transmitting signals, the popularization of SFP cable and Ethernet cable/twisted pair cable have been the tendency towards data center interconnection applications and can be ascribed to the domination of Cat5e copper cabling and 1000BASE-T over the years. So in this article, we will concentrate on the brief introduction to the cables: twinax vs twisted pair and their corresponding application considerations.

Twinax vs Twisted Pair: What Is SFP Twinax Cable?

Twinax vs twisted pair: how to understand the concept? SFP cable, sometimes called as 10G SFP+ cable, SFP+ DAC twinax cable, is a kind of high speed cable with Small Form Factor Pluggable Plus on either end. SFP twinax cable which displaces two optical modules and an optical fiber with a twinaxial copper cable assembly offers the higher density, lower cost, and lower power 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution than other cable types such as 10GBASE-CX4 and CAT6/CAT6A 10GBASE-T.

SFP Twinax Cable

Twinax vs Twisted Pair: What Is Ethernet cable?

Twinax vs twisted pair: don’t get confused with Twinax cable. An Ethernet cable, also known as twisted pair cable, is one of the most fashionable forms of network cable used in wired networks. Ethernet cable connects devices together within a local area network, such as PCs, routers, switches and normally supports one or more industry standards including Category 5 (CAT5), Category 5e (CAT5e), and Category 6 (CAT6). It can be classified into STP (shielded twisted pair) and UTP (unshielded twisted pair). Ethernet cable is applied in many situations due to its advantages of fast speed, high reliability and security.

Ethernet cable

Twinax vs Twisted Pair: Application Considerations

When you are faced with the decision of choosing between twinax vs twisted pair, the following factors have to be well considered.

Twinax vs Twisted Pair

Speed & Distance: twisted pair is normally used for 10MB, 100MB and 1GB network connections, while twinax cable goes for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network. And twisted pair also supports much longer distance than SFP+ Direct Attach Copper cable with short range connection which measures as small as 5 m to 10 m.

Power Consumption: twinax cable uses a different signal propagation method that makes it consume much less power (something around 1-1.5W per port) comparing to UTP (4-6 W per port). So once you have a lot of ports, this power consumption can be significant factor in design. Twinax is an ideal 10GbE solution for server to Top of Rack switch connection for integrated storage and data network since the performance of low power and more reliability.

Cost: SFP twinax cable is a lower cost alternative to traditional fiber and twisted pair copper cabling in data center applications when you include switch, NIC and cable. SFP+ DAC provides better cable management for high-density deployments and enhanced electrical characteristics for the most reliable signal transmission during the process of twinax vs twisted pair.

Conclusion

From this article, you could have a good idea of twinax vs twisted pair. As you can see, there are always two sides to everything. However, you can still make your decisions according to the actual demand from the perspective of transmission distance, power consumption and budget. Fiberstore can provide high-quality fiber optic cable with different types and SFP twinax cable and twisted pair cable as well.

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