I'm getting some CAT6 cables run next week and will need a switch (currently favour the Netgear GS116).
I am also looking at either a Synology DS412+ or DS1513+ NAS (the later provides for greater capacity, but of course comes at a higher price); both which support LAG. The Netgear GS116 I favour doesn't support LAG, however the Netgear GS716T v2 does.
I am already using a Netgear modem/router, a Netgear wi-fi extender and 2xNetgear Powerline AV500 adapters, hence why I've looked at Netgear switches. And no I am in no way affiliated with Netgear; I have just taking a liking the their products after previously having D-Link stuff.
Q1. Will I benefit from a LAG Switch?
The NAS will service 2 x Sony Blu-ray players (or Panasonic TV's) in two separate rooms and may be a WD TV Live in a third room (all connected by CAT6 back to the switch). Movies will be ripped to either .mkv or .m2ts format for backup and streaming.
All 3 units may access the NAS at the same time, but not that regularly (occasional wet weekend may be). But when they do, I don't want stuttering or degraded picture sound, etc.
Q2. Are there any quiet LAG Switches?
I have read reviews of the Netgear GS716T v2 and aren't too keen on the apparent noise the 40mm cooling fan makes. I have also seen some after-market modifications, but would rather get something that does the job well and quietly.
So if I would benefit from a LAG switch for my set up, what good and quiet ones are there? Need 12 ports minimum, with 16 ports allowing for future network expansion. Doesn't have to be a Netgear one either.
Thanks for your help.