Updated January 16, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best 10 Gigabit Switches

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This wiki has been updated 2 times since it was first published in December of 2018. In situations requiring high bandwidth and low latency, Wi-Fi often can't cut it, so Ethernet comes to the rescue. The latest 10-Gb specifications make it easy to link entire homes and offices, and many devices offer in-depth control over security and performance, too. From home theater enthusiasts to data-heavy businesses, many can benefit from one of these high-quality switches. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 10 gigabit switch on Amazon.

10. Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 16XG

9. Mikrotik CRS328

8. Netgear M5300

7. TrendNet TEG-30284

6. QNap QSW

5. Asus XG-U2008

3. Netgear Nighthawk SX10

2. Netgear M4300-X

1. Netgear Smart Plus

Editor's Notes

January 13, 2019:

First just to clear this up, a byte is equal to 8 bits, which holds true at any level (gigabytes, megabytes, terabytes, etc.). Generally speaking, bytes measure storage capacity, and bits measure throughput. And here we're looking at switches than can handle 10 gigabits of bandwidth at a minimum. If you're installing a smaller network at home or in a small office, you may only need 10-gigabit uplinks, because frankly, 10-gigabit endpoint hardware is actually still quite expensive, while 1000BaseT, or standard gigabit Ethernet, is rather affordable. Plus, not many home consumer tasks call for that fat of a pipe. If you are mostly concerned with media or gaming connectivity, the Netgear Nighthawk is an almost certain winner. It costs very little compared to most, and is by far the most popular option for regular people (i.e. anyone who's not an IT professional). The Asus and TrendNet are similarly underpowered for high-end business use, but perfect for a Plex media server at your house. Larger organizations looking for an economical solution should consider the D-Link, QNAP, and Mikrotik, depending on your overall throughput needs. And as one of the leaders in wired network technology, Netgear's newest releases do great at upholding their reputation; though sometimes a bit costly, you really can't go wrong with most of their products.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 16, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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