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  • Rich Rubasch

    February 2, 2020 at 2:25 am

    I’m sort of guessing, but since the QNAP has two independent 10g ports the switch can negotiate traffic so if only two computers are on the system they can have independent lanes, and when a third is added to the switch it negotiates based on the load of the other two, giving it the path with the most available bandwidth.

    Pretty cool if it works like that actually. Makes the switch make a ton of sense with the QNAP and it’s two ports.

    That said I still love the idea of aggregating the two ports for even higher bandwidth with say a MacPro with two 10g ports.

    Rich Rubasch
    Tilt Media Inc.
    Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage

  • Bob Zelin

    February 2, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Hi –
    this article is misleading. The QNAP QSW-1208-8C is not a managed switched. It cannot support IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation (LACP) which is what is required for you to get 20 Gb/sec instead of 10Gb/sec for greater performance from your QNAP system. QNAP offers 3 types of LAG’s in the trunking menu in Network and Virtual Switch menu, and the only one that will give you increased performance is LACP, which is the bottom selection. If this is chosen, the only way it works, if is the 10G switch can also support IEEE 802.3ad LACP, which the QNAP QSW-1208-8C cannot.

    While you will be fine with the single connection, because you only have 3 10G workstations, and don’t need the added bandwidth, if you DID want to make this work, one of the cheapest switches you could have purchased would be the Netgear XS708T ($620 on Amazon). This switch is a managed switch, and does support Link Aggregation LACP. This is set in the Netgear menus, just like you would do in the QNAP menus.

    Hopefully, this NAB 2020, QNAP will introduce an 8 port MANAGED switch that will support LACP for their own products. We will see.

    SO – in summary – you just need the one line. Regular cheap Cat6 cable will work.

    Bob Zelin

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    February 2, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Excellent information as always.


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