It wasn't too long ago when 10 Mbps were enough to meet most users' network bandwidth needs. Then came 100 Mbps, and now with gigabyte plus files and the 100 plus gigabytes hard drive becoming the norm, 100 Mbps is not scaling well enough. The next step? Gigabit Ethernet. Gigabit Ethernet has become more affordable during the last half year and newer motherboards have gigabit NICs onboard. Gigabit switches have fallen drastically in price as well and is more than affordable to the above average user.

With this, we'll be taking a look at ASUS' GigaX1108 Gigabit Ethernet Switch. ASUS should be a name that most, if not all, of our readers know. This Taiwan based computer electronics manufacturer has been synonymous to a manufacturer of motherboards for over a decade. While not as well known as Cisco or other big-named SOHO networking manufacturers, ASUS is attempting to break in with its various networking offerings. Let's get started.

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  • FinFET - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - link

    Something I haven't seen yet in one of these Gigabit reviews is the use of a RAM Drive to rule out Hard Drives as a bottlenneck.

    I wonder how much a difference we would see, even though it really isn't real world.
  • Concillian - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - link

    But does it support jumbo frames?

    I think that has to be a question asked of any gigabit switch, home oriented or otherwise. Jumbo frames may not increase the transfer rates because the hard drives are limiting, but it can certainly reduce the CPU usage, at least in my experience.

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