Unmanaged Gbe switches usually meet the needs of most households, however, if you want to go to multi-gbe band, things get expensive quickly. Often it would be cheaper to get used or refurbished enterprise hardware, than brand-new consumer-facing Hardware.
For my case, I was able to acquire an Aruba S2500 48P-4SFP+POE for 115$ pre-tax off eBay. This switch has 4 SFP+ ports that move data at 10Gbps with some small setups.
- Factory reset using the switch front menu.
- invoke GUI management
- in 10 minutes, go to 172.16.0.254 from a DHCP-connected device
- if it asks the default username password is: admin admin123
Now our focus shifts to the GUI management portal:
- finish wizard flow and set appropriate IP for management endpoint
- we need to upgrade the firmware to partition 0:
- to utilize the two stacking SFP+ ports
- use Putty/SSH and connect to the switch shell
- go to enable mode via command then enter your enable password
- delete stackings
delete stacking interface stack 1/2
delete stacking interface stack 1/3
At this point, your switch is behaving like an unmanaged switch now. For most use cases you are done.
Alternatively, you can purchase this updated and beefed-up version of the discontinued switch:
Aruba Instant On 1930 24-Port Gb Ethernet 24xGE PoE (195W), 4X 1G/10G SFP+, L2+ Smart Switch US Cord (JL683A#ABA) currently sold for $434.99