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 a used or refurbished enterprise hardware, then brand-new consumer facing Hardwares.
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 moves data at 10Gbps with some small set up.
- 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 switch shell
- go to enable mode via command then enter your enable password
- delete stackings
At this point, your switch is behaving like an unmanaged switch now. For most use cases you are done.