Recently I have been adding so many devices to my network that I ran out of space on my switch and I needed a new one. My desire to expand my network has not stopped so I wanted a switch that would offer a lot of extra room. I settled on the D-Link DGS-1024D 24-Port Gigabit Switch.
- D-Link Green Technology
- 48Gbps Switching Capacity
- Desktop or Rack Mountable Design
- Non-blocking Architecture
D-Link has implemented several new technologies that help to keep the power usage of their switches down. The first way they save power is by turning off ports that are not in use. This means that if you don’t have a cable plugged into the port, or if the computer that is attached is turned off, then the switch turns off the port.
The second way they save power is by analyzing the length of each cable that is connected, and then adjusting the amount of power to each port. Since shorter cables require less power the switch can lower the power to those ports that have short cables and increase the power to the ports that have longer cables.
The DGS-1024D is also designed for Plug-and-Play and hassle-free installation. Auto-MDI/MDX-X crossover on all ports eliminates the need for crossover cables when connecting to another switch or hub. Auto-negotiation on each port senses the link speed of a network device (either 10, 100, or 1000Mbps) and intelligently adjusts for compatibility and optimal performance. It also features diagnostic LEDs that display status and activity, allowing you to quickly detect and correct problems on the network. Every port also supports a cable diagnostic feature that helps to detect cable-related problems.
Another way that the DGS-1024D helps to insure quality transmissions is through the support of 802.1p Quality of Service (QoS). When the switch receives a frame tagged with an 802.1p priority, it automatically places it into one of four priority queues. Priority queuing is especially beneficial when streaming voice and video on your network.
In order to make this a friendly device for enterprises and data center by making it rack mountable. They do this by including brackets so it can be mounted in a 19-inch rack. The ability to mount this in a rack means that it can replace much more expensive switches.
The DGS-1024D is no slouch when it comes to speed either. Featuring non-blocking switching architecture, the DGS-1024D filters and forwards packets at wirespeed for maximum throughput. An 8K MAC address table provides scalability for even the largest networks, while address learning, 802.3x flow control for full-duplex mode, and back pressure flow control for half-duplex mode alleviate traffic congestion and ensure reliable data transmission. Designed using industry standards, the DGS-1024D is compatible with virtually all 10, 100, and 1000Mbps Ethernet devices. It protects your existing network investments while providing you with a straightforward migration path for faster Gigabit speeds.
The DGS-1024D has a very simple design. With dimensions of 11.0in x 7.1in x 1.7in, it is quite large for a desktop switch. It also weighs 4.2 lbs, which makes it fairly heavy.
The front of the DGS-1024D is where all the magic happens. The front houses all 24 ports, and status lights.
There isn’t anything else really exciting to talk about, but on the left side of the switch is a cooling fan, and on the back is the power cable.
Performance testing for me consists of purely subjective tests. I don’t have any fancy tools for testing actual throughput of a switch like this, but I have been using it for several months now and it is working great. I have not had a single problem since I turned it on.
I really haven’t found any negatives except that the fan is a bit on the noisy side. I solved this by keeping mine locked up in a structured media cabinet in another room. I would consider this much too noisy to be kept in an office. This leads me to the one feature I would like to see added, and that is to have the fan adjust its speed according to how much heat is generated. I would think that the amount of power it uses is related to how much power is being used. Since the DGS-1024D regulates the amount of power it uses based on port usage, I imagine that the less ports you use the less heat it would generate which means the fan speed could be lowered.
Support and Warranty
This switch comes with a 5-Year Limited, but it is only valid in the USA and Canada. This is a fairly good warranty for an electronic device and I have to give kudos to D-Link for having a good warranty. With a fan as the only moving part I would have liked it to be longer.
As you could probably tell I am happy with this switch and that isn’t even taking into account the price. The price of the D-Link DGS-1024D is very reasonable and it can be found on both Newegg and Amazon for only $179.99.
If you are in the market for a new switch and you need lots of ports, the D-Link DGS-1024D is a great option.
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