Connect between 10GbE and 1GbE devices

I co own a small photo/video studio with one other person. We want to centralize all our files and have them in one place to store and work off of. We would need to use an adaptor for direct connection to our laptops from 10gb ethernet to thunderbolt on out laptops, though we don’t both need to be connected at the same time though, so one adapter/port will be sufficient.

Here is what I am thinking so far, please feel free to poke holes/make suggestions!

x1 QNAP TVS-951X-2G-US 5+4 Bay NAS
x4 WD RED pro 4 TB 7200rpm drives
x1 Startech TB310G Thunderbolt 3 to 10GBase
x 50ft RJ45 Cat-6 Ethernet Patch Cable

Where I get stuck is the 10gb port/switch question. If my wireless modem doesn’t support 10gb ethernet, what is an economical option that I could buy to enable this? A Switch? Router?

Also, as far as I can tell there is one 10gb port on the back of this NAS unit. If that port is occupied by an ethernet cable running into the switch/modem/router, is there anywhere I could plug in another cable that could connect to an adapter and eventually my computer?


Something simple like mixed dual 10g and 1GbE switch (NetGear 1GbE+10GbE Unmanaged Switch GS110MX-100UKS 8-Port RJ45, 2x RJ45 10GbE) will do the trick. I would recommend getting CAT6a cable as it is better protected against interference. Also, 10GbE connection will be backward compatible. So you can connect it even to 1GbE switch or router. You can connect your NAS directly to your PC via 10GbE connection and other port (1GbE) to the router for internet connectivity. But I would recommend getting the switch I mentioned or even Qnap 10GbE switch. Then connect your pc to the switch using your chosen thunderbolt adapter. Then you don’t need to reconfigure your IP settings every time you are working directly off it.


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