The zoo nas installed gigabit switches ! after many years of being ‘capped’ to 100 mb on our internal network and perfectly fine since nobody has ever complained about it for stuff but as our existing switches are probably not energy efficient. these new ones I can power them with usb as well.
A fair bit of the zoo’s stuff could do gigabyte already and i cannot remember how old the existing switch equipment is.but it still looks new despite being ancient in it history.
So its probably time to change things.
The switch is smaller than our 100mb existing unit and the ethernet cables all plug in consequentially opposed to 1-x-1 spacing which i had to do with the other and plug in from the back which is nicer imho.
It consumes a third less power than the old switch unit, i could not power by usb as no spare usb slots where nearby and all being used.
It works and seems faster so appears to be a good idea. I have labelled it with the year on it so whenever next i cannot remember when i bought it i know.
The old units looks as it did when it was new it seems a shame to think of it as junk.