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00:14 – How it works
00:53 – Build quality
01:13 – Ports and connectors
01:49 – Web based control panel
01:55 – Configuring presets
02:10 – How prioritization works
02:41 – Manual port priority configuration
03:35 – Limitations in policing traffic
04:00 – Mid range router may be better
04:41 – Link aggregation
06:08 – No performance gain over traditional switches
06:35 – Alternative switch that costs less
07:52 – Conclusion and final thoughts
While this switch from Netgear looks cool it’s not necessary for most gamers – unless you somehow are saturating your local gigabit network already. There are far more affordable alternatives including many dumb switches manufactured by Netgear and others.
My advice is to look at a router that will better manage your Internet connection and prioritize traffic where it counts: at the gateway to the Internet. That way your streaming devices always take priority over other things in the house.
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