Zyxel MG-108 2.5G Switch Review – The cheapest 8-port 2.5GbE switch on the market

I have already reviewed a couple of the affordable multi-gig Zyxel switches that offered a combination of 10Gb SFP & 2.5Gb RJ45 ethernet. At the time, they were the cheapest way to get 2.5GbE in your home. Since then, 2.5GbE appears to be going mainstream. QNAP were the first to launch an affordable 5-port unmanaged … 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

Zyxel NWA210AX WiFi 6 Access Point Review – Is it better than the Ubiquiti Unifi 6 LR?

I have reviewed quite a bit of the Zyxel Nebula ecosystem now, including some of the older WiFI 5 access points and the flagship Zyxel WAX650S WiFi 6 access point, which will set you back over £600. I have had my eye on the Zyxel NWA210AX for a while now, it seems to be the … Read more

Zyxel XGS1250-12 provides big multi-gig upgrade vs XGS1210-12 for some affordable 10GbE

I reviewed the XGS1210-12 in August last year, at the time the unmanaged (XGS1010)option was the most affordable way of adding multi-gig Ethernet to your home with its two 2.5GbE ports.

The web-managed (not Nebula cloud-managed) Zyxel XGS1250-12 ups the specification considerably.

Keeping the same number of ports overall, and the same either gigabit ports, the new XGS1250-12 upgrades the multi-gig options.

It ditches one of the 10G SFP+ ports offer three multi-gig Ethernet option. Two of which are full fat 10G with the third being 5G.

Currently, the unmanaged XGS1010 is around £180 on Amazon with the managed XGS1210 not being much more at £189.90.
With the Zyxel XGS1250-12 being very new, there is not widespread availability or confirmed prices. The best I can find is 258.94-Euros or around £225. Not exactly cheap but I’d happily pay the extra for proper 10GbE vs the XGS1210.
At £225 this is still one of, if not the, cheapest 10GbE switches on the market. The only other I can think of is the Netgear GS110EMX with just two 10GbE ports at £208

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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 … Read more

Zyxel Nebula gets new WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Access Points with WPA3, a 10G aggregation switch and a brand new next-gen UI

I have been a big fan of the Zyxel Nebula over the past year or so, the Nebula web management is one of the nicest interfaces I have used for cloud-managed networking and offered a huge amount of data and management features. They have now done a full redesign of the system to improve it … Read more

The Best Access Points for Business and Home Use in 2020

I have waxed lyrical about the benefits of mesh Wi-Fi systems for home users this year. When I first implemented a mesh system it resolved all the issues with black spots around my home and avoided the issues of running multiple routers from different brands. As much as I love mesh Wi-Fi, on the constant … Read more

Zyxel Nebula Cloud Network Management Review – One of the best & most affordable cloud solutions

I have been using three products from Zyxel over the past year that work in the Nebula managed system. Recently Zyxel loaned me some new devices so I can review how managing an entire network from one interface is so much more convenient than sperate web interfaces for each device. My current devices are: Zyxel … Read more

Netgear Insight Managed Smart Cloud Switch & Access Point Review (GC510PP & WAC505)

I have previously bought and reviewed the Netgear GC110P 8 port POE cloud managed switch. I found it to be an excellent affordable cloud-managed fanless POE switch that is perfect for advanced home users and small businesses. Netgear has been kind enough to send me the GC510PP 8-port 195w POE switch and the WAC505 Access … Read more

Zyxel Multy Plus AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System for Business Review

The Zyxel Multy X is an excellent mesh Wi-Fi system for home users that has strong and reliable performance thanks to its 4×4 5 GHz backhaul radio. Zyxel is now hoping to replicate its success in the small business environment with the Multy Plus AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System. It retains most of the same specification … Read more

Zyxel GS1920-8HPv2 NebulaFlex Cloud Managed POE Switch Review

I previously reviewed the superb Zyxel Nebula cloud managed POE switch, and access point and my main gripe with it was the very loud fans. Most business will likely put the switch in a dedicated room so won’t be an issue, but for smaller companies or prosumers it is likely that it will be located … Read more

Zyxel Multy X Tri-Band WSQ50 vs Netgear Orbi RBK50 AC3000 Mesh Wi-Fi

Having recently reviewed the excellent Zyxel Multy X mesh wifi system I thought it would be worth comparing it to the market leader, the Netgear Orbi. With the growing number of Mesh Wi-Fi options on the market, each manufacturer approaches the problem at a different angle. For example, the BT Whole Home Wi-Fi is one … Read more

Zyxel Nebula Cloud Managed POE Switch & Hybrid Cloud Access Point Review (NWA1123-AC-HD)

As someone that works from home and has dozens of devices connected to the network, I have found myself getting frustrated with consumer networking equipment. I long ditched WiFi in favour of Ethernet for any machine that stays in one spot such as all my media streamers, and PCs. I initially used multiple Netgear GS108Ev3 … Read more