2.5g issues, Do I need a switch?

bastage

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Title isnt exactly what the question is..

I am having issues with random drops while connected via ethernet. Going to try to step through whats going on in order

Base setup is Cat 5e going to a DLink DGS-1024D

Everything was good with no issues using onboard intel gigabit ethernet.
25' cables used for this run
Built a new rig with onboard Realtek 2.5g (gigabyte aorus pro ax mitx) - this is where I started having random ethernet drops - Windows reflecting no cable connected - Switching to WiFi was fine, but of course slower.
Swapped ports on the switch - no change
Switched Cat 5e cables - no change
None of the other devices hardwired or wifi having an issue with this.
Daughter wanted a gaming rig & will only be using WiFi - woot reason to upgrade
Built another new rig this time with onboard Intel 2.5g (asus rog strix b550-i mitx) - same issue
Forced the ethernet to 1gb - same issue

So at this point 2 computers with 2 different adapters & thus drivers with 2 different cables in 2 different ports having the same issue. The only hardware that was used in both the old & new systems was the rx6800 gpu so I reasonably positive its not a hardware issue in the PC. Software wise a fresh install of windows & nothing management wise installed.

So I am at this point moving down the stream to figure out what the hell is causing this. So before I go buying a switch to add in conjunction with the current one does anyone have any other idea's of what I should try before I order one of the like 4 possible unmanaged switch's that are available (leaning towards the trendnet 8 port if I do since in addition to my desktop my NAS has a 2.5g & my girlfriend is about to get a B560 based system that has 2.5 as well so that would give me a bit of room for future use while still leaving all the 1gb stuff attached to the DLink I have now).
 
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I can’t comment directly as I don’t have this chipset but sounds like many others have your issues.

https://forum.gigabyte.us/thread/9873/aorus-realtek-network-adapter-problem?page=6

Having your switch in my basement, I know it’s quite old and limited. It could be source of the problem but your issues are quite similar to the ones mentioned in thread I linked. Mix of driver, firmware and OS settings - the usual song and dance of bleeding edge tech.
 

bastage

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I can’t comment directly as I don’t have this chipset but sounds like many others have your issues.

https://forum.gigabyte.us/thread/9873/aorus-realtek-network-adapter-problem?page=6

Having your switch in my basement, I know it’s quite old and limited. It could be source of the problem but your issues are quite similar to the ones mentioned in thread I linked. Mix of driver, firmware and OS settings - the usual song and dance of bleeding edge tech.

yeah I know that switch has some miles on it. The link you have isn’t even to the chipset I’m using now but the issue is identical between the Intel and realtek.
 
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yeah I know that switch has some miles on it. The link you have isn’t even to the chipset I’m using now but the issue is identical between the Intel and realtek.
I mainly passed that link along as it had various "try hope and pray" tasks.

One step I would try in your equation, if you can, is plug directly into your router other network appliance just to test to see if behavior continues. I have my suspicions on the switch being the cause as I think it would negotiate what it think its needs or just flat out be down. Especially hard coded to 1G in Windows. The more I read on these 2.5g cards the more experimentation seems to be running their deployment at the desktop class level.
 

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I mainly passed that link along as it had various "try hope and pray" tasks.

One step I would try in your equation, if you can, is plug directly into your router other network appliance just to test to see if behavior continues. I have my suspicions on the switch being the cause as I think it would negotiate what it think its needs or just flat out be down. Especially hard coded to 1G in Windows. The more I read on these 2.5g cards the more experimentation seems to be running their deployment at the desktop class level.
Yea I went ahead & ordered a 2.5gbit switch today. Its quite the task to run anything new even in the same room with the cable management I have everywhere. So I am hopefully going to have it all done at once. Already gotta pull shit apart because I got a new mouse & had to run a new displayport cable to resolve a flicker issue on my 1440p monitor (sit stand desk with my system off to the left & the switch/router/modem behind me though some surface mount wire mold). So I will give it all a shot this weekend & hopefully have everything ran & working correctly.
 
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