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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yxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure, AI- and cloud-powered home and business solutions today announced the release of the XGS1250-12, the twelve-port web-managed multigigabit switch that allows work-from-home professionals, content creators, and small businesses to unlock the full potential of their WiFi 6 access points and routers. They can also make the most of their iMac Pros, 10G servers, NAS devices, new laptops and desktops that already support multigigabit speed.
Goodbye to rigid port options and network bottlenecks
Breaking away from the limited options of just one or two 10G ports, which most desktop switches on the market currently deliver, Zyxel’s offering comes with up to four 10G ports (three multigigabit ports and one SFP+ port) that enables users to connect easily to more multigigabit devices free from the constrain of network bottlenecks.
Taking the hassle out of the desktop switch
Built with content creators, small businesses and home-based professionals in mind, Zyxel has made it easy for the user to set up and get going. Smart functions such as QoS, VLAN, Link aggregation, and IGMP snooping that offer a smooth network experience are managed through XGS1250-12’s intuitive web-based interface.
The network switch is also easy to install, forgoing the need to re-cable to upgrade to a multigigabit network. Instead, customers can utilize their existing cables as it supports Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6a cable specs.
Additionally, the XGS1250-12’s smart fan design delivers high-performance operation at a suitable temperature and whisper-silent, ideal for office or home desktop placement.
“By expanding our range of switches, Zyxel has given freedom and flexibility back to those who have otherwise been restricted by limits placed on their devices due to bottlenecks and increased network demand from working from home, video calling and more. With our new offering, users can benefit from faster and more reliable speeds, enabling them to harness the full potential of their internet connection, and work with ease,” comments Crowley Wu, Vice President of Zyxel’s Networking SBU.
The latest addition to the comprehensive multigigabit switch lineup
The XGS1250-12 joins Zyxel’s comprehensive portfolio of multigigabit switches, which includes unmanaged, managed and cloud-managed options, offering something for everyone – from home users to SMBs.
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