You can connect all six ethernet ports to whichever device you wish, but it makes a lot of sense to use the 10Gbps ethernet port for a NAS server to maximise throughput across your network. iTWire tried out the DMS-106XT with the 10Gbps port connected to a Synology DS1621+ NAS, and a desktop connected to a 2.5Gbps port; our multi-gigabyte file copies back-and-forth were swift and painless with the progress bar zipping along at unprecedented speeds. In all our tests and regular usage, it’s provided trouble-free, reliable, silent, and high-speed network connectivity.
The switch also provides a smart turbo mode to deliver Quality of Service (QoS) and port-based priority for uninterrupted online gaming and 4K streaming.
On a managed switch you'd need to set up a series of rules to make QoS work, specifying the proportion of bandwidth you want to assign to specific applications. D-Link has simplified QoS on the DMS-106XT such that you merely need to press a button to turn it on or off, and it then prioritises traffic based on the switch port. Thus, port 1 takes priority over port 2, which both take priority over port 3, and so on all the way to port 5. The 10Gb port has equal priority as port 1. Thus, you can physically connect your devices in such a way that your most important network needs can use the lower-numbered ports. For example, you might connect your smart TV to port 1 to ensure seamless streaming, while your printer is connected to port 5.
Physically speaking, the switch has LEDs to conveniently indicate port speed status, has a quiet fanless operation and is cased in durable matte grey aluminium. In fact, its sleek design has also won it a Good Design Award. The Good Design Award is a comprehensive design evaluation that has been globally recognised for commending products with good design since 1957 and focuses on five ideals: humanity, honesty, innovation, aesthetics, and ethics.
Check out our unboxing video below, and find documentation and support on D-Link's website here.