Last night I removed my old Netgear FS524 10/100 rack mountable 24 port ethernet switch and replaced it with a brand new Netgear Gigabit Ethernet Switch series JGS500.
The oddest thing happened. My office became quiet!
The small 12" wide 1.5" tall switch was had a side fan and rear fan - the switch was the loudest machine in my office. I'm amazed!!
The new switch cost $220 from newegg.com. I'm very happy with it. It took a minute to install - entirely plug and play.
One of the best features about it was the auto-uplink feature. Any port can be connected to your router without having to worry about any special settings or uplink buttons. It sorts everything out for you.
I highly recommend the switch, especially if you want a quieter office.
My question to you is, what makes the most noise in your office?
Have a wonderful day,