The cheapest multi-gigabit switches (2.5G, 5, & 10Gbps) for 2024 – Affordable 10GbE & 2.5GbE networking
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The cheapest multi-gigabit switches (2.5G, 5, & 10Gbps) for 2024 – Affordable 10GbE & 2.5GbE networking

[Update for 2024] I originally wrote this post back in 2020 when affordable multi-gig switches were somewhat of a rarity. It was then updated in 2022 as the market had changed a lot, and I stated that Wi-Fi 6 was driving the need for multi-gigabit. As we approach 2024, we have reached the point where…

Netgear Nighthawk RS700S WiFi 7 Router Review – I can finally saturate 2.5 Gigabit LAN connection
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Netgear Nighthawk RS700S WiFi 7 Router Review – I can finally saturate 2.5 Gigabit LAN connection

The Netgear Nighthawk RS700S was officially announced in the US back in March for pre-order with Q2 shipping, making it the first WiFi 7 router to ship. The UK launch was slower, which I assume was due to regulatory reasons. It is now finally available to buy from both Netgear and Amazon for a princely…

Ugreen Cat 8 vs Kinbeta Cat 7 Ethernet Cable Review – Is Cat 8 Ethernet worth it or an overpriced scam vs Cat 6a & Cat 7?
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Ugreen Cat 8 vs Kinbeta Cat 7 Ethernet Cable Review – Is Cat 8 Ethernet worth it or an overpriced scam vs Cat 6a & Cat 7?

On Amazon, there are a growing number of companies selling either Cat 8 or Cat 7 cables. I have seen some Ugreen Cat 8 Ethernet cable posted on HotUKDeals a couple of times in the past year, and you always get people asking if it will help improve their Internet speed. Will Cat 8 Ethernet…

Zyxel XGS1250-12 Multi-Gigabit Switch Review – Semi-affordable 3-Port 10Gbps
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Zyxel XGS1250-12 Multi-Gigabit Switch Review – Semi-affordable 3-Port 10Gbps

In the past few years, we have slowly started to see an improvement in the number of multi-gig switches. It started off with some affordable unmanaged 2.5GbE switches, but we are now starting to see quite a few 10GbE options. Most home users will have little need for such speeds. In the UK we are…

TRENDnet TEG-S762 Switch Review – Affordable 10Gbps Ethernet
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TRENDnet TEG-S762 Switch Review – Affordable 10Gbps Ethernet

The TRENDnet TEG-S762 and TEG-S750 were announced in the UK back in February. The TEG-S750 is perhaps the more interesting of the two models being a 5 port 10Gbps switch priced at around £300. As far as I am aware, there are no other five port 10Gbps switches on the market at this price. The…

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

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

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…

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

FS.com 10GBASE-T SFP+ Transceiver Module Review – Convert SFP+ to 10 Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet
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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…

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

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…

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

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

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