The cheapest multi-gigabit switches (2.5G, 5, & 10Gbps) you can buy now – Affordable 10GbE & 2.5GbE networking

Cheapest 10gbe switches

[Update for 2022] This post was roughly two years old, and quite a few new switches have come to the market during this time. I have updated the post with some excellent low-cost 2.5GbE options, and we are even starting to see some affordable 10GbE options. I also added some POE switches. 10GBASE-T was defined … Read more

10Gtek Intel X520-DA1 10Gps SFP+ Lan Adaptor Review & How to get it working on Windows 11

A few years ago, I bought and reviewed the excellent Mikrotik Cloud Smart Switch 326-24G-2S+RM, which provided me with one of the cheapest ways to upgrade my network with 10Gbps LAN connections. Like many enthusiasts, I paired this up with a cheap Mellanox Connectx card. Unfortunately, after upgrading my PC, for whatever reason, I could … Read more

TRENDnet TEG-S750 Fanless 5-Port 10G Switch Launched for £315 (£63 per port)

TRENDnet is continuing heir expansion of affordable multi-gig switches that are ideal for home users and small businesses. TRENDnet TEG-S750 Today they have announced the TEG-S750 and TEG-S762. It is the TEG-S750 that is perhaps the most interesting, I think this is the first proper switch to launch with all 10 gigabit Ethernet ports and be completely … Read more

Zyxel XGN100C 10G PCIe Network Adaptor Review – Affordable 10Gbps Ethernet Networking

The Zyxel XGN100C is one of the few affordable 10-gigabit ethernet network cards on the market. The card is based on the Marvell AQtion AQN-107 10 GbE Network Interface Adapter, which is just the new name for the Aquantia AQ107 used on the ASUS XG-C100C now that Marvell has completed their Aquantia acquisition. While 2.5GbE … Read more 10GBASE-T SFP+ Transceiver Module Review – Convert SFP+ to 10 Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet

Following on from my review of the FS S3150-8T2FP POE switch, I have also been trying out their 10GBASE-T SFP+ transceivers, which allow you to convert the 10 Gb SFP+ ports to 10Gb RJ-45. These transceiver modules are relatively expensive, at £50, compared to a standard 10Gb SFP+ modules, which will set you back around … Read more

TerraMaster Launches F2-422 10GbE 2-Bay Professional NAS for just £320

Recently TerraMaster announced their latest affordable 10GbE NAS, priced at £320 it is the most affordable 10GbE NAS option on the market that I am aware of. It is essentially the same spec as the TerraMaster F4-422 I reviewed previously, but with 2 bays instead of 4. I have been using the TerraMaster F4-422 as … Read more

StarTech Intel X550-T2 Dual Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Card Review vs X540 vs Aquantia (ST10GPEXNDPI)

I have recently been featuring more multi-gig networking products on the site. Most of these are aimed at home enthusiast/SOHO users and are as affordable as possible. The StarTech Intel X550-T2 may not quite tick those boxes being priced between £190-280 depending on stock. While this may be pricey for your average home users and … Read more

Zyxel XGS1210-12 & XGS1010 Review – Affordable multi-gig managed & unmanaged switches (10Gb SFP & 2.5Gb RJ45 ethernet)

Multi-gig networking has become a strange obsession for me, it is something I very rarely need to use, but I am willing to pay a disproportionate amount of money to get. However, my willingness to spend money is always within reason, and spending several hundred on a multi-gig switch is not what I would call … Read more

TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE 4-Bay NAS Review – An excellent affordable 10GbE 4-bay NAS

TerraMaster has quickly established themselves as a popular NAS brand providing an affordable alternative to the market leader Synology and outclassing many other brands in terms of features/performance/price.  In particular, for home and SOHO users, these NAS drives provide excellent value for money, and the new TerraMaster F4-422 is one of the most advanced none-enterprise … Read more

The cheapest 10G/5G/2.5G Ethernet PCie Network Cards (NIC) and USB Adaptors for Windows, NAS, Laptops and more

Multi-gig ethernet is very slowly becoming more affordable, more switches are becoming available and many high-end routers now have a multi-gig port. Admittedly it is still not exactly affordable to the average consumer and the cheapest switches are limited to just a couple of 10G ports such as the Netgear GS110MX at £141. The MS510TXPP … Read more

Zyxel XS1930 series is a (semi) affordable multi-gig/10Gbe cloud managed switch undercutting Ubiquiti’s limited 10G offerings

Zyxel XS1930

Yesterday Zyxel launched two new switches that offer multi-gig copper ethernet designed to help small and medium businesses achieve greater network flexibility and take full advantage of the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology. While 10G ethernet has been out for a long time it has had glacially slow adoption rates thanks to the exorbitantly expensive hardware. … Read more

What Wi-Fi 6 routers, mesh systems & access points are there with multi-gigabit Ethernet ports? (2.5/5/10Gbps)

This year it looks set for Wi-Fi 6 to start becoming widely adopted in both client devices but also the number of routers able to provide this new ultra-fast Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi 6 promises to do a lot more than just increase speed, and a significant focus of it is for congestion and dense deployments. … Read more

EnGenius ECS2512FP & ECS2512 affordable multi-gig POE switches announced with 2.5Gbps & 10GbE SFP+

This new bypassed me a couple of days ago, but EnGenius has recently announced two new multi-gig switches that they claim will be affordable. With EnGenius being a business focussed company, the definition of affordable may be different from what home and SOHO users class as affordable, so we will have to wait and see. … Read more

10Gtek 10Gb/s SFP+ RJ45 Copper Ethernet Transceiver Review – A SFP+ to 10GBase-T converter

Thanks to the Mikrotik Cloud Smart Switch I upgraded the connection between my PC and Server to 10Gbe for under £200 while also adding 24-gigabit ethernet ports to my network. It is a fantastic switch, and it turns out SFP is no more confusing than copper ethernet. However, 10GbE over copper is becoming more popular … Read more

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