When Drobo N as Mediaserver: will they go for 10 Gigabit Ethernet?

When DROBO N will go beyond 1 GB Ethernet up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet in order to meet up-to-date standards?
I am looking for a Media-Server where the Gigabit might geht the bottleneck.
I figured out that high-class mediastreamers like the Linn have a “100Base-T RJ45”


10/100 (Mbps) Ethernet is slower than 1 (Gbps) Ethernet by a factor of 10-100

5N will run at those slower speeds if plugged into an older or slower switch, and pretty much all modern switches will support both 10/100 Ethernet and 1 Gbps Ethernet



1 GB is 1000 Mbps. The AppleTV you mention tops out at 100 Mbps.

Thank you for highlighting the essentials!

In fact I mean: “The adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet has been more gradual than previous revisions of Ethernet: in 2007, one million 10GbE ports were shipped, in 2009 two million ports were shipped, and in 2010 over three million ports were shipped,[4][5] with an estimated nine million ports in 2011”
That means 10Gigabit Ethernet is in the market since around 7 years.

So you think that 1GB Ethernet is “state-of-the” art for also streaming media-content (video as well as audio) in new formats?

How do you see 1GB Ethernet feeding Wifi 802.11 ac ? Does it fit together or does 1GB Ethernet get the bottleneck?

That is 100Mbit… so your “high class” streamer… is already 10 times slower than your 1000mbit (=1gbit) Drobo N…

Plus at the moment… gigabit Ethernet is usually faster than the Drobo itself, so the bottleneck is the drobo’s speed.

AND… what media are you streaming? blurays have a maximum of 50-60mbit bitrate, therefore using Gigabit ethernet you could stream 20 blurays at once…

and you want to go 10 times faster than that why?

That is true, and it is still hideously expensive. The cheapest 10Gbps switch out there right now is the Netgear XS708E. This switch is only 8 ports. Even on newegg this thing come out at USD 760. This is definitely not for the home user.

I’m not even going to mention the optic fiber 10 Gbps solutions, as those are even more expensive.

Don’t get me wrong 10 Gbps will eventually come down in price, but as of today it is mostly geared towards the enterprise market.

Absolutely. In my last job as a sysadmin, 10 Gbps connections were used only for interconnects between large network switches.

To reinforce what Docchris said: short of raw, uncompressed 4K video nothing needs 10 Gbps. Blu-ray is capable of a maximum video bit rate of 40 Mbps. A normal (i.e., compressed) 4K stream tops at 70 Mbps for high frame rates (60 fps).

If you need access to raw, uncompressed 4K video, then you are working for a movie studio and you probably have access to much better stuff, such as InfiniBand (40 Gbps). You are also paying quite a lot for that privilege.

Even the fastest 802.11ac variant out there (the 2.1 Gbps one), will require both an access point and a client device capable of using three streams. I don’t think any laptops currently in the market have support for three streams, so you’ll be capped at 1.3 Gbps at best. And even then the best real-life numbers people are seeing are around 300 Mbps 1. Many sites are claiming that there will be no significant speed increase in real use from 802.11ac 2.

Thanks all for your help!
Understand that this 1Gigabit-Ethernet is quite safe und suitable. Has anyone experience with Plex and / or Apple TV4.0?

Today I received from Drobo the following link:


[quote=“ricardo, post:6, topic:141983”]
Don’t get me wrong 10 Gbps will eventually come down in price, but as of today it is mostly geared towards the enterprise market.[/quote]

Actually, I wouldn’t count on it. It used to be that ethernet standards eventually reached commodity pricing due to the huge volume the PC market could put behind it. With a world moving steadily to “fast enough” Wi-Fi and tablets, ultrabooks, laptops, and such all without ethernet, I don’t know if the remaining desktop market will have a large enough demand for >1Gbps wired connectivity to drop the price. I’d wager WiFi will continue to get faster instead, and 10Gbps stays at a relative premium and fairly niche.

I’ve been seeing talk of 2.5gbps Ethernet as a simple stop-gap - its much faster for those who want reliable wired speed, but can use the same cabling and relatively low cost chips

I think the greatest force pushing ethernet forward will be the faster wifi. If not for anything else, the marketing guys will have a hard time selling a device that has “2.1 Gbps” wifi and only “1 Gbps” ethernet as soon as the new 2.5 Gbps ethernet standard effectively comes out. Can’t stay behind in the numbers game, you know?

Yeah, I saw that too. Hopefully it will be cheap enough for everyone to adopt. I’m waiting for some company like Apple to use it in their new pro devices and the market will suddenly “need” it.

Jokes aside, it can’t come soon enough. We have consumer SSDs (Samsung 950) that are capable of writing at 1.5 GBps (notice the uppercase B: those that bytes, not bits), i.e., they are already running at >10 Gbps.

For those interested in more information about the upcoming ethernet speeds: http://www.ethernetalliance.org/roadmap/