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4 Items You’ll Need to Run 10G Home Internet

With the explosion of Internet-connected consumer devices, 10 Gigabit broadband is growing in popularity. Even though it runs on cable, 10G home internet can be faster than a typical fiber connection and 100 times faster than average cable connections. 

10G internet is the future of broadband technology, delivering internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second to homes and industries around the globe. Because of its reliability, speed, and capacity, it can power the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. The data centered Fourth Industrial Revolution relies on IoT devices, interconnectivity, and smart automation that they bring along. 

But did you know you need specific components for your 10G home network to reach those high speeds? And that you need a different router if you want to establish such a network? It’s better to learn some basics before getting 10G at home. Keep on reading to learn everything you need to set up 10GbE home internet. 


A Network Switch

If you’re looking to connect your home to 10Gbps internet, you’ll need a switch that can handle that kind of bandwidth. The 10G switch is a network device that connects devices over cables, providing high-speed transfer of data between computers and servers. It’s built specifically for use with 10Gbps connections and can handle the type of traffic generated by these high-speed connections. 

Most switches that support 10G home networks come with 8 – 12 ports. A switch is a piece of hardware, like a router, but used with a different purpose. It sends data from the abovementioned multiple input ports into one output port.  

With multiple ports, each device gets its own gigabit connection, be it a gaming PC or smart TV. The prices vary, but network switches with 10G capabilities typically cost $500. 

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A 10G Ethernet Network Card

A 10G network card lets you add an ethernet port to your server or computer, upgrading your copper connection to 10GbE speeds.  

An Ethernet network card is typically built right into desktop computers but may need to be purchased separately. If yours doesn’t already have them installed, buy one from a manufacturer like Dell or HP. 

CAT 6a Ethernet Cable

We’ve already learned that 10Gbps is a lot of data to be moving through your home network, and it’s likely that you have some older devices that can’t handle all those speeds. Therefore, it’s important to use Cat6a cables to connect your router and modem.  

Cat6a cables are more expensive than their predecessors because they have better bandwidth potential, which means they can handle more information at once without sacrificing speed or reliability—even when tested at 10GB per second! These cables also support both gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) and 10GBASE-T standards for connecting devices with RJ45 ports like your computer(s), gaming consoles, smart TVs/streaming boxes, etc. 

A 10G Capable Device

And finally, you need a 10G-capable device to run 10G home internet. Unfortunately, an average laptop is not typically capable of processing data at 10G speeds. 

If you want to enjoy 10GbE home internet, check the specifications of your laptop. Make sure the computer’s operating system, drivers, and network interface card (NIC) is optimized for 10G performance. 


Conclusion: Run a 10GbE Home Internet

As the internet evolves, technology companies are creating products that can handle more bandwidth and accommodate more users. One such product is 10G home internet, which allows you to download a movie in seconds and stream games without lag or delay.  

But getting your hands on this kind of lightning-fast connection isn’t as simple as calling your ISP and ordering it. You’ll need equipment like a 10G router, switch, and cables before you can surf the web at these speeds comfortably. 

If you want to build your own 10G home internet, you need the following equipment: 

  • Network switches with multiple ports 
  • A 10G ethernet network card 
  • CAT 6a ethernet cable
  • 10G ready device

Keep in mind, however, that building your own 10GbE home internet is no easy feat. It goes far beyond building the right hardware. Most of those who’ve succeeded in reaching 10G speeds have experience with building their own computers and network switches. They need to understand wiring, the processing power of their devices, and how all these components work together. 

The last thing you want to do is jump into something without considering all the costs and benefits. For example, why re-wire your house if you can lease a wireless system for a fraction of that?  

Race Communications understands how to get the most out of your broadband service. We provide fast and reliable internet in communities all over California. If you’re interested in our services, contact our specialists at 877-722-3833 or order online.