Although it does demonstrate the stagnation in the subject. Over a year later (nearly SIX! since thread started) and we're still lacking the SOHO affordable 16+4 passive switches. By this stage in the lifecycles of 100 and 1Gbe, the port cost was so low they were giving them away with every motherboard. Switches were lunchmoney for 8 ports with the cheaper and nastier brands hitting 16 and 24 unmanaged ports for peanuts.