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TRENDnet TEG-240WS 24-Port Gigabit Web Smart Switch

By: Sean Kalinich | Switches in Networking | Posted: Apr 30, 2009 1:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: TRENDnet



We used PerformanceTest 6.1 by PassMark which you can find out more information about here. It has a handy Advanced Networking section which is perfect for our testing.


Doing our best to emulate a real-world performance scenario, I setup a server running Windows 2008 (x64) Server, (2x Xeon Quad Core 3.0 GHz 1333MHz FSB, 4GB DDR2 FB-DIMMS, 2x 146GB SAS drives in RAID 1) as well as setting up a NAS (Thecus 5200 Pro) that was capable of Link Aggregation and Jumbo Frames. Since the TEG-240WS covers a larger network than our usual networking devices, I wanted to add in a few more clients rather than our usual single client run.


These were:


1 - HTPC system Windows Vista Ultimate on an Intel E7200, 4GB RAM connected through a powerline connection.


1 - Wireless system an ASUS G2S-X1running Windows Vista Ultimate x64, using n-Spec wireless connected through a D-Link DIR-655 in AP mode with WAP-2 PSK AES.


1 - Hard wired system Core i7 965, 6GB Kingston RAM, Windows Vista Ultimate x64.


I ran Performance Test 6.1 on each as well as file transfers (3GB ISO file) and streamed HD (1080p) to each in Media Center.


The TEG-240WS was compared to a standard D-Link DGS-2208, granted the 2208 is not an enterprise class switch but it serves to demonstrate the advantages of a switch like the TEG-240WS over a less expensive model. The following advanced features were enabled on the TEG-240WS:


Jumbo Frame


Trunking (for the Thecus 5200 Pro)


IGMP Snoop


- Bandwidth


TRENDnet TEG-240WS 24-Port Gigabit Web Smart Switch


*signal travelling through wet wall and main house electrical panel


Overall, the TEG-240WS saw an impressive improvement in all traffic types. Even the limited powerline connection experienced a boost.


For my file transfers I found that over a wired system I was able to move my test file to the 5200 Pro in 1 minute and 39 seconds with the TEG-240WS and with trunking and jumbo frames this was in stark contrast to the 3 minutes and 20 seconds it took with the 2208. For transfers from the 5200 Pro my times were around 2 minutes and 13 seconds for hardwired systems versus over 4 minutes on the 2208.


For Wireless my times were -


TEG-240WS - 6:50 Up 9:50 Down


DGS-2208 - 10:12 Up 12:35 Down


For PowerLine -


TEG-240WS - 6:45 Up 9:40 Down


DGS-2208 - 10:15 Up 13:01 Down


HD Video streamed from the 5200 Pro was flawless on all media; there were no stutters, clicks or other anomalies. In addition, streaming the HD Video to the HTPC systems was not affected by other internet traffic.


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