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10GB Networking at home.

2020-12-28 by: David DuPre
From: David DuPre 

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=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Yes, I'm running 10GB via 4x10GB QSFP splitter off a Force10 10/40GB Switch in my M1000e, provides interconnects to my R720 acting as a Pseudo-SAN and both my M1000e and C7000 bladecenters.

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ Yes, but I have a large chassis switch with 10Gb ports to help things along, as well as run the network for the entire house, plus home lab. B Intel 10Gbe adapters are fairly inexpensive, just search ebay/amazon, but make sure the model you are looking at is supported by your ESX hosts, and that they support a full 10Gbe, not just 2.5 or 5Gbe. A0 What You will be disappointed by both the switching and routing stats on that device if you are expecting to actually utilize > 1Gb bandwidth. There's not really an affordable low-end 10Gb copper switch that's not EOL at the moment. Your best bang for the buck on new equipment would be an EdgeSwitch 16 XG (12 Port 10GbT, 4 SFP+ ports). Used options would include a Cisco Nexus 3064TQ. Happy New Year! -Dave

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ How about a Quanta or Broadcom SFP+ switch? Something like an LB6M? The ones that are retired from Amazon are pretty nice. I used to work for them, and I remember a lot of hardware being connected via those. However, they cost around $300. " 'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we=E2=80=99re al= l damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Lacey, Washington (Olympia, WA metropolitan area) [image: Mailtrack] Sender notified by Mailtrack 01/03/21, 10:04:39 PM B A0 What

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ Fissionator 3000 until then... =C2=A0=C2=A0 I'll stick with my humble localtalk network...= =C2=A0 measured in Kbps

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ I was sticking to copper ports, but yes, there are some SFP+ switches that can be had. I'm not familiar with the LB6M, but it looks pretty capable, once you flash it with TurboIron firmware (and acquire a license to do so). They also seem to have somehow increased in price on the used market. Buffer size also makes me think they are probably not a good option for ISCSI traffic. Cheers! -Dave