If you are looking for simple 5,8,16 or 24 port network switches, the Linksys 3000 Series desktop/rack-mountable switches with durable metallic chassis maybe a good choice. These switches are easy to install, simple to manage, offer gigabit speeds, priced moderately, and even offer 802.1p QoS feature that prioritizes voice & video traffic on your network. If you are looking to buy a new switch, have a look at this one.
A Sample Connectivity Architecture for Network Switches:
The Synology 1815+ is a popular 8-Bay NAS — centralized network attached storage device — for storage/backup of files and media in large homes and small businesses. It is a good replacement for public cloud storage as data is stored/backed-up securely and inexpensively within the home LAN. This NAS unit from Synology can be used as a full-fledged server as it supports a number of server applications including Virtual Machines.
If you want your data from all the computing devices in your network to be safe and protected from hard-drive failures, etc. you should back them up (preferably automatically) using a NAS. Continue reading
The Netgear C6300 Cable Modem & WiFi Router is an excellent alternative to buying a cable modem and a high-speed Wireless Router separately. It makes more sense to buy this unit if you are currently paying a rental for your ISP-provided Cable modem, as you can avoid paying rent in the future.
The biggest advantage with this Netgear device is, the high speeds it can support both on the modem and the router. The cable modem is DOCSIS 3.0 compliant and supports up to 680 Mbps download speeds, the WiFi Router is 802.11ac (AC1750) compliant and supports combined speeds of up to 1750 Mbps. Two devices consolidated into one saves space, power, maintenance, cables, etc. Continue reading