Having a gigabit network connection at home makes it possible to transfer your files very fast, for example to and from a NAS device. While WiFi is of course much more in the news in recent years, the development surrounding wired connections hasn't been standing still. You can buy switches that offer a full-duplex bandwidth that's 10 times faster than gigabit. While the new standard has been around for a while now, the Netgear ProSafe XS708E is one of the first 10 Gbit switches that can be called relatively affordable.
The design of the ProSafe XS708E is pretty run-of-the-mill. It looks like a true Netgear switch, constructed out of sturdy metal and equipped with an internal power supply. It's not just any switch, however, it's a 10 Gbit model. Each of the eight ethernet ports have a bandwidth of 10 Gbit.
There's also a SFP+ connector present, which stands for Small Form-factor Pluggable. Together with an adapter it allows the switch (which can only handle Ethernet frames) to also connect to other types of networks. You could hook it up to a glass fibre network. That means this switch is useful especially for large businesses. Copper shouldn't exceed distances of 100 metres, so then glass fibre cable can be the solution. That's a significant financial investment, so if you can connect those networks to copper switches, you're able to save quite a bit of money.
The pricing is reasonable. While $917 is a lot for a switch without management features, it is one of the first models of a new generation. That is, it doesn't have an interface. It does, however, come with software that offers some networking essentials, such als link aggregation, QoS, and setting up VLANs.