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

FS.com 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

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

Cheapest 10gbe switches

10GBASE-T was defined back in 2006, I am not sure when switches and network cards became available, but they have been around for years. While most technology becomes affordable for the consumer in a short period of time, 10GbE has been glacially slow to drop in price. To put it into context, the first iPhone … 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

Mikrotik Cloud Smart Switch 326-24G-2S+RM Review – The cheapest 10gbe switch on the market

At the consumer level, Ethernet has been stuck at a gigabit for years, and it is only the past generation or so of motherboards that have started to introduced 10gbe NICs for the higher end models. This is becoming more prevalent with the new AMD X570 motherboards, and with Wi-Fi 6 we are beginning to … Read more