I recently undertook a project to upgrade my home network infrastructure. The existing core was a couple of old 3com 100Mbps hubs chained together, hardly an optimal setup. They had lasted many years and I decided to update to something more modern. I knew I wanted a 16 port Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E). I shopped around some and got a little sticker shock when I started looking at managed switches. I wanted managed because was planning on handling iSCSI traffic. In the end, I decided on the unmanaged TP-LINK TL-SG1016 for around $75; with a smaller managed switch to come later dedicated to iSCSI traffic. As part of the project, I re-cabled all of the patch cables and made them nice and neat with wire ties. I’ve been very happy with the upgrade so far and have definitely noticed a speed improvement.