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Affordable 4 or 5-port 2.5 gbe switches?

Discussion in 'Switches, NICs and cabling' started by maxbraketorque, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. maxbraketorque

    maxbraketorque Very Senior Member

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    I'm looking to upgrade my home network to 2.5 gbe, and while 2.5 gbe adapters are reasonably affordable, I'm having a hard time finding a 4 or 5-port 2.5 gbe switch that is less than $200 (or preferably less than $150). I know that Mikrotik makes a very nice 4-port 10 gbe SFP+ switch that's only $130, but it appears that I would need fiber-to-copper adapters to utilize this switch with my existing ethernet cabling (which is all Cat 6). Each one of those is ~$30/ea, so that adds another $90 to the cost.

    If anyone knows of an affordable 2.5/5 gbe switch, would be great to see what those are.
     
  2. maxbraketorque

    maxbraketorque Very Senior Member

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    Nothing, eh?
     
  3. Keith Gorham

    Keith Gorham New Around Here

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    I just wonder why you think you need 2.5 gbe. I upgrade my to GB(when I found cheap used switches) even when I know I really do not need the speed.
     
  4. follower

    follower Senior Member

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    With that price? Impossible.
     
  5. abailey

    abailey Very Senior Member

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    Your price point is going to be very tough to get to right now. I think we will see some in that price range in another 18 months or so. Maybe there is something out there I don't know about. The lowest I know of is kind of a hybrid. The Netgear MS510TX. It has (4) 1 Gig RJ-45 ports, (2) 1G/2.5G RJ-45 ports, (2) 1G/2.5G/5G RJ-45 ports, (1) 10G RJ-45 port and (1) SFP+ port. It is still above your price point at around $210.00.
     
  6. NSNE

    NSNE Occasional Visitor

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    Keep an eye on Amazon Warehouse. You might be able to find your ideal switch at a much lower price point. Just before Christmas I bought a 28-port, 4-SFP+ 10G switch there for $175 (normally $400+). "Very Good" was an understatement for "Brand New," as it didn't even appear to have been touched.
     
  7. maxbraketorque

    maxbraketorque Very Senior Member

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    Need the speed for large data backups in a reasonable period of time. My NAS is 2.5 gbe with a RAID10 array, so plenty of speed internally.

    Thanks. I hadn't seen that, and it would get the job done, although more than I want to spend. Its probably the safest bet. Maybe I'll watch Amazon warehouse as NSNE mentioned.
     
  8. Trip

    Trip Very Senior Member

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    GS110EMX is slightly cheaper at $189, but only 2 multi-gig ports vs 8 on the MS510TX.

    Interestingly enough Buffalo has come out with the LXW-10G2/2G, but only for sale in Japan (of all places), and a bit pricey still at ~$300 USD equivalent. Still, a nice option if they ever decided to sell it elsewhere and if the price came down a bit.