Buying a modern 10-Gigabit NAS, you will surely ask yourself the question: what, in fact, to connect it? Regardless of whether your server has 10 Gigabit network ports or you will add them with expansion cards, you need to decide whether you will use a copper cable (twisted pair) or optics. This question is considered separately in the article “what is the best standard for a 10-Gigabit network”, but the developers of the company QNAP did not read it, and think for you, weighing all the" pros “and” cons " are not going to. So they released an 8-port 10-Gigabit switch with combined ports so you can use whatever environment you want. What’s more, the switch supports 5G/2.5 G BASE-T standards, and many top gaming motherboards now have network ports at this rate.
You can say that you are not surprised, because the world is full of switches with RJ45 ports for LAN and SFP / SFP+ slots for uplink connections to the backbone network, but QNAP has a very different approach: QSW-1208 - 8C is a peer-to-peer switch that has 12 SFP+ slots, of which 8 are duplicated as RJ45 ports. This means that there is no separation between Uplink and local ports, and all connections share a common 240 Gbps switching fabric.