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Do I need a Gigabit Switch?
Last post Wed, Dec 14 2016 by tigerman, 3 replies.
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Posted on Fri, Nov 11 2016 16:18
by temasterson_1870
Joined on Tue, Mar 25 2003, Posts 19

Hi there. I have 2 Mac Mini slaves connected to Macbook Pro. The MBP has a Caldigit thunderbolt 2 docking station attached; One Mac Mini is directly attached to the Cladigit's ethernet port, the other is attached to the MBP via an ethernet to USB 3.0 adapter.

Is there any advantage of buying a gigabit switch? My way of looking at it so far has been that I would get more bandwidth with the second mini going into a separate port rather than bottle-necking multiple slaves into a 1 gigabit ethernet port. But I am pretty cluless in this department.

I am however encountering problems with Screen Sharing. 9 times out of 10 I am able to monitor one of the Mac Minis but not both and I get an error message saying 'Please make sure Screen Sharing is enabled in the Mac with which you are attempting to connect.'. Which it is.

How are others monitoring multiple slaves? I really don't want lots of moniors as I already have a large 30" Dell.

Thanks for any advice.

Posted on Wed, Nov 30 2016 22:00
by snattack
Joined on Fri, Oct 03 2008, Piteå, Sweden, Posts 70
1. No.

The USB3-adapter doesnt share bandwith with the ethernet port. Thunderbolt has fae greater bandwith than vith sources together.

2. I'd recommend RealVNC for screensharing. Free and easy to set up.
Posted on Wed, Dec 14 2016 21:48
by tigerman
Joined on Tue, Feb 02 2010, Posts 11

each channel eats roughly 300kbyte/sec, around 2,4mbit, you need gigabit if you plan to use more than 30 channels.

splashtop is great for remote desktop, but uses also a bit of cpu, is probably the only software that gives you 60fps remote stream. much more smoother than vnc, and is free too if used inside lan

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