Whilst waiting for my Bartok to arrive, I thought it would be a good opportunity to ‘refresh’ and assess my network cables and hardware.
At present I am using a cheap (£16) Netgear, unmanaged, 8 port plastic Switch. I originally bought two together, but one has since failed. I had one in the system rack feeding my old streamer, the other was near the TV/Sky box etc… I don’t want to spend hundreds on a switch, but it appears that Cisco are well respected with fellow streamers. I will go for a metal case Switch on this occasion.
Should I get a switch dedicated to dCS, and locate it near the rack, or keep the Switch well away and feed everything into the one Switch?
Does the RJ11, bog standard modem cable that came with my Sky Router, need an upgrade?
I normally use AudioQuest Cinnamon/Forest Ethernet cables, but at the moment the cable feeding the Network Bridge, is a £9.99, flat grey cable, that is ten meters too long! So it needs to be upgraded.