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  1. If you only need two ports, this is the best option i've found. Netgear GS110MX https://www.amazon.com.au/10-Port-Unmanaged-Multi-Gig-Protection/dp/B076642YPN
  2. Came to ask the same thing. Thanks @imcaspar. Just got some Cat 6a cable run in my house, need to rest of the gear to support it!
  3. I know its not the type of product you normally look at, but would love to see a review of the new 'gaming' chair done in collaboration between Logitech G and Herman Miller. Considering buying one but it is a bit pricey to go in without some reviews to understand it better. https://www.logitechg.com/en-au/logitech-g-and-herman-miller.html
  4. One of the great things about the Synology units are the OS and applications available for them. Lots of options, very easy to use. However the spec's of the processor and RAM play a big difference in just how much you would be able to take advantage of extra functionality. The two units are quite different, especially when it comes to RAM. The 4 bay only having 1gb total, whereas the 8 bay comes with 4gb and can be expanded to 8gb. With the larger unit you get dual 1gb Ethernet and dual 10gb ethernet. Both supporting link aggregation. Now dual 10gb is going to be useless for you, but dual 1gb is likely to be handy as more 2.5gb and 5gb NIC's get built into motherboards and other devices. Either way, it is something to consider for future proofing, as you can think of a NAS as a longer term investment. I have two Synology NAS units, a 416j (similar to your lower price unit) and a 918+. I decked out the 918+ and the performance difference between them is huge. The 918+ is running my plex server and handles multiple streams easily. With the 416j it took a long time for the list of media to even show. Some food for thought.
  5. I love this part. Wonder what the stance is on making your own cables? Guess my crimping tool is too dangerous. As others have said. It's probably just to protect idiots from themselves. Think you'll be fine.
  6. It is really hard to speculate given so many different factors that can impact these things. Most pricing went up when Covid started as the AUD tanked. The dollar has now got back to pre Covid levels, but it will take a while for that to pass through to us. I suspect the RTX 3000 series will be at least the same as the RTX 2000 series. As with most launches, you'll likely see higher prices initially when demand is high and supply is low. This will then go back down after a few months. And nVidia will most likely launch with the highest end SKU's first and the fill out the rest of the product stack gradually. Normally it is a good time to pickup a cheap previous gen card at the time of a new launch. With stock levels so low at the moment though, new cards may disappear pretty quickly as distributors aren't likely sitting on much inventory like they were with the GTX 1000 series when RTX 2000 launched. Second hand RTX 2000 cards may be a good option when RTX 3000 series comes out if you are wanting to save a few dollars. There is always a bunch of early adopters looking to flip their previous gen parts. I would just base your plans off what current models are priced at. Despite the AUD improving, the benefit will probably be negated by launch prices. So around $1000 for a 2070 Super, $1500 for a 2080 Super and around $2250 for a 2080 TI.
  7. https://www.vmware.com/products/horizon.html
  8. Essentially, any setup with enough PCIE lanes to support your SAS cards (and any additional PCIE devices) should do the trick. Available PCIE lanes are determined by the CPU and chipset. HEDT parts generally have more lanes available than standard desktop options. There is a good chance that whatever is in your gaming PC will perform exactly the same.
  9. Yes it is possible. Assuming the device 'WIFI w/Internet' is a router. - Router without internet would need to have DHCP and NAT disabled so it effectively works as a switch. When doing this, it is usually best to assign a static IP address to the device. - Bridge the WIFI and Ethernet connections on the PC.
  10. While this seller seems to provide some nice refurbished servers, note that it is only an evaluation version of Windows Server installed. You will need to decide on which OS you intend to run. Also, if you are not familiar with server equipment, be aware that it is typically very noisy. This is not something you would want running 24/7 in bedroom or living area. Ideally you would want it stored away somewhere. You do not need server specific hardware to run Plex. Any standard PC will do. However I do understand the appeal of cheaper hardware for the processing power you are getting.
  11. Had a quick look at the user guide and got this: To get multi-gig Internet with your router, set up Internet port aggregation by aggregating the Internet port and Ethernet port 1 on the router. To set up Internet port aggregation, you need the following: • A service provider that offers an Internet speed that's over 1 Gbps. • A modem that supports an Internet speed that's over 1 Gbps and Internet port aggregation. So this seems designed for internet connections over 1Gb. And the modem you use needs to support Internet Port Aggregation. So it really depends on how your ISPs modem works as to whether you could use it to combine two different gigabit lines. Alternatively, it allows you to configure the single 2.5gb port on the router for your WAN connection. This is likely to be the better alternative. As for the the desktop computers, it depends on the connection method. If they are being plugged into the router directly, you could connect one to the 2.5gb port. But everything else would be at 1gb speeds. If you connect through a switch, then the switch also has to support 2.5gb. Additionally, if your network cabling is rather old (say original cat5), then you may not be able to get 2.5gb without some new ethernet cabling too. The link aggregation can be handy if you want to increase access speeds to the router over wired connections. E.g. your router connects to a switch, but you use two cables instead of one. This can then effectively double the speed between the switch and the router. Allowing a couple of devices to access the router at a full 1gb. Handy if you are using it as a plex server or for other network storage via an attached USB drive. I use link aggregation on a NAS to increase the bandwidth it can provide. Note that you can't start aggregating multiple ethernet connections off your PC to improve it's speed. If I remember correct this functionality only exists within windows server and not retail windows versions. Hopefully this answers some of your questions. If you want to improve network speed overall, you really need to look into most of your network equipment being upgraded to support multi-gig ethernet (2.5gb or 5gb; even 10gb if you want to spend that kind of money). This involves making sure not just the router, but switches, NICs, cables, etc are all up to spec.
  12. Just realised the 'competition' aspect only ran for a couple of weeks. Think i've been folding for close to two months now. May give my system a bit of a rest and save on my power bill.
  13. Not a problem. If I here anything about support for the VMKLinux Driver stack i'll try remember to share it up here. Alternatively, if the NIC you are using is used by any OEM vendors, you may get lucky in a new version being released. I guess the only other option is to buy a new NIC. As long as one NIC is supported, it doesn't matter if others in the system aren't.
  14. Synology software is great and easy to use with a lot of options. I use mine for Plex, Cloud Storage syncing, Windows and Mac backups, and more. With these units though, consider future storage needs. Sometimes worth going for a 4 bay option, even if you only populate two drives initially.
  15. Haven't had a chance to play around with vsphere 7.0 yet. May be worth checking a blog like Virtually Ghetto by William Lam. He is a VMware Solution Architect and shares a lot of info regarding home labs, etc. I haven't had a chance to read this article yet, but it may prove useful. He does also reply to questions. https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/03/homelab-considerations-for-vsphere-7.html#more-167448 The error seems to be the drivers have been created with an old API that needs to be updated to support esxi 7.0. So chances are it is in the hands of the company that made the driver. From VMware support article: "This issue is caused when drivers are built with older vmkapi version dependencies which are deprecated from ESXi 7.0 GA onwards. Additionally, for qedf and qedi, there is a requirement for all Marvell FastLinQ protocol drivers to use the same version of the underlying hardware abstraction layer code. To ensure matching versions are installed, a dependency version is exported by qedentv NIC driver and is checked by other protocol drivers. This results in the qedentv version related failure messages." See here for more info: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/78389 Hope this helps.