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

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

TRENDnet 5 & 8 port Unmanaged 2.5G Switch Switches launched – Another new affordable multi-gig switch [TEG-S380 & TEG-S350]

Last year saw a couple of affordable multi-gig switches launched, with the QNAP QSW-1105-5T being the stand out option or the Zyxel XGS1010 with its two 2.5GbE ports and 2 10Gb SFP+. TRENDnet are now getting in on the action with the launch of two options, the TEG-S380 and TEG-S350 with 8 and 5 ports, … Read more

QNAP QSW-1105-5T 5 Port 2.5Gbps Switch Review – The cheapest way to get multi-gig Ethernet right now

Being an unmanaged switch, this is a short review, but the QNAP is finally available, costing just £108 for five 2.5gbps copper Ethernet ports it is the most affordable solution for a multi-gig network on the market. Multi-gig Ethernet has been frustratingly slow to go mainstream and become affordable. With Wi-Fi 6 we started to … 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 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

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