10GbE Switch Between Netgear Nighthawk R9000 and QNAP HS-453DX

10GbE Switch Between Netgear Nighthawk R9000 and QNAP HS-453DX

My set-up, 1Gig cable internet service coming into home, attached to Motorola MB8600 DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem connected to Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 router.
I’m looking at purchasing a MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S-IN 10GbE Switch (w/ 4 10Gtek for Cisco SFP-10G-T-S Compatible 10GBase-T SFP+ 10 Gigabit RJ45 Copper Transceivers) to place between my Nighthawk SFP+ port and my QNAP HS453-DX NAS 10GbE RJ45.
I’m curious if you know anything or have any recommendations about the MikroTik switch.

Additionally, I’m looking to connect my mid-2015 15″ MacBook Pro to this new switch, hoping to take advantage of Thunderbolt2, if possible. Do you have any recommendations to utilize my TB2 connection to realize fastest speeds on my MacBook.

Also, I’m considering connecting one of the 10GbE switch ports to my Apple TV’s RJ45. I think it’ll act just like a 1GbE connection.

Another thing I came across was an article to connect WiFi (USB) to the NAS. My NAS is about 2 feet away from my router and connected over 10GbE. Is there any reason for this. It seems like overkill.

As you may remember, my NAS is in RAID 0 (2x128GB m.2 and 2x1GB EVO 860s) with 8GB SODIMM Ram. I’ll probably upgrade my m.2 with 2x1GB Cruicials, at some point.
Will QNAP’s HS453-DX support 16 GB Ram (2x8GB)? Officially, QNAP says the CPU only supports 8Gig max. If capable of increasing RAM, do you have a recommended part/model number?

I would recommend getting Qnap QSW-804-4C 10GbE switch with mixed RJ45 and SFP connectivity. But if it seems too pricey, then you can get a simple Netgear or even MikroTik switch. If you want to achieve absolutely best 10GbE performance, then choosing trusted brands will be more rewarding. Converting 10GbE SFP to a RJ45 is as easy as getting a adaptor which goes into a sfp port.

If you want to utilise TB2 port, you can still get a TB2 to 10GbE adaptor (Thunder2 10G Network Adaptor T2NA-TLITS-AKT).

Yes, usually 10GbE port is backwards compatible. This means, you can connect apple TV as well as some 5GbE devices. Even connecting between 10GbE devices with slower then CAT6a cable will deliver decent speed (about the half of 10GbE).

Connecting NAS via USB WiFi is not very good idea, because of the speed it can deliver as well as the reliability.

Qnap do not offer 16GB RAM upgrades, but it has been tested and it works perfectly fine with even 16GB RAM. To find a compatible RAM simply search: crucial SO-DIMM RAM 2400

I hope this helps.

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