What do I need to setup a 2.5GbE network from my PC to my DS1621+ (possible 10GbE in the future?)

DoubleTap

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We have a pretty simple home network - almost everything is on GbE except the younger kids have 100Mb via a phone line adapter (open to ideas here as I'd like to back up their systems over 1GbE)

I'd like to find a switch that has a few 2.5GbE ports and maybe 12-16 GbE ports - I want 2.5 to my NAS, but then 1.0 to the internet and the rest of the house.

All connections terminate in my home office - the Synology has quad 2.5 ports and I could add a 10GbE port if it ever makes sense.

Any switch recommendations would be appreciated.

My new mobo is the Z590 Strix-i - it has a single 2.5 port, but no slots to add new NIC. I've seen USB based 10GbE adapters - my sense is that 2.5 will be plenty - I'm running 4TB spinners in the nas, so nothing too fancy.
 

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For the kids to upgrade them to gigabit, what phone line adapter are you using?

If you only need 2.5Gbe to the NAS, I would simply use a usb 1Gb adapter for the regular traffic and make a dedicated 2.5Gb link from your system to the NAS with a crossover cable. The reason to do this is that new 2.5Gb switches are more expensive than used enterprise 10Gb switches (and sometimes even 40Gb).
 

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For the kids to upgrade them to gigabit, what phone line adapter are you using?

If you only need 2.5Gbe to the NAS, I would simply use a usb 1Gb adapter for the regular traffic and make a dedicated 2.5Gb link from your system to the NAS with a crossover cable. The reason to do this is that new 2.5Gb switches are more expensive than used enterprise 10Gb switches (and sometimes even 40Gb).
Not a bad idea, I have a USB-C GbE adapter - just not sure if there is a downside for gaming / pings, etc.

I'm seeing some decent switches on Amazon for under $200 though....
 
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