Introducing the XG-U2008 switch – 10G networking for only $249

Subject: General Tech, Networking | October 12, 2016 - 04:22 PM |
Tagged: asus, XG-U2008, unmanaged switch, 10 gigabit

Planning an upgrade to your network or looking to build one that will last into the next generation of NICs?  ASUS has just made an unmanaged 10 gigabit switch available at a price far below the average asking price of the devices currently on the market.  $250 is still a steep investment for a switch but is less than half of the competitions, albeit without the management features found on those switches.  The LEDs on the front will glow amber if the cable you use is not up to the new standard, otherwise expect green for go.  It will support Jumbo Frames of up to 16 KB just like the more expensive models.  It is a compact 9.44x4.92x1.06", so you should easily be able to find a home for it.  PR below the snazzy product shot, technical details from ASUS here.

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Fremont, CA (October 10th, 2016) -- Outside the enterprise market, the transition from Gigabit to 10-Gigabit Ethernet has been rather slow. While there are growing small-business and prosumer demands for the additional bandwidth that 10G networking provides, the cost of entry is high. Until now, the availability of compliant devices has been limited to enterprise-class products that are built with corporate networks in mind, with pricing for 10-Gigabit switches starting at $800. That certainly isn’t expensive by corporate standards, but for the rest of us, it relegates adoption to cases of absolute necessity and the upper echelon of enthusiasts.

While it’s advisable to plan ahead and overprovision your network for scalability, paying extra money for ports or features that you’ll never use doesn’t make sense. So, there’s a clear need for 10G networking devices that are suitably tailored for the small business, prosumer, and enthusiast markets. Cue the ASUS XG-U2008, an unmanaged 10G networking switch available for only $249.99.

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October 12, 2016 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Beernutz (not verified)

To bad only two ports are 10Gbit. 8(

October 12, 2016 | 06:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Unmanaged? Shit switch, would not buy.

No matter how shiny looking it is.

October 12, 2016 | 06:58 PM - Posted by remc86007

I can't wait for 10Gbit to become the standard port on motherboards and for routers to have them built in for under $300. 3 years maybe?

October 12, 2016 | 07:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I could see them as standard on the workstation boards in that time, but the masses aren't going to see 10Gb NICs anytime soon

October 12, 2016 | 08:08 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

2 ports of 10Gb doesn't bring the price of 10Gb down much. Also not very useful as if you can only have a 10Gb connection between two machines you might as well direct connect them, avoid needing a switch and save yourself the money.

October 12, 2016 | 08:42 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah the only real bemefit is that you dont need two nics and two cable runs on each machine to connect them directly for 10GbE and to the network for internet and othrr 1GbE PCs 

October 12, 2016 | 10:24 PM - Posted by Jeppe (not verified)

Yeah but depends on usecases i guess. For me, i would use this to connect my workstation with my NAS on the 10Gb, then the 1Gb for some webservers, HTPC:s, laptops and and other crap. My current problem is that 1Gb is not fast enough, if i stream a bluray movie from the NAS to the HTPC and then any backup-services starts on the webservers or the laptop to the NAS, those get priorities and the movie starts to lag/buffer and pause, so with this switch i should be able to max out 4-5 computers at the same time on the 1Gb without even getting close to saturate the 10Gb connection to my NAS.

IF the switch works this way, but maybe the 2 10Gbe ports only have a 1Gbe linerate to the 1 Gbe port array, but that would be stupid.

Anyway, i still think 4 10Gb ports + 6 1Gb ports would be a much better configuration

October 13, 2016 | 10:31 AM - Posted by Joe (not verified)

I think some might be missing the point. It is all about competition. Now the other manufacturers will have to come out with their own $250 switches. It is a win win for the consumer (us).

October 13, 2016 | 04:49 PM - Posted by Prodeous

Wish it had 3 x 10Gbit ports. one could have been used for uplink to another router and leaving 2 for regular usage.

Still for my needs this sounds perfect.. now to wait for availability in Poland ... :(

October 15, 2016 | 10:18 AM - Posted by dtremit (not verified)

The cost per 10Gb port here isn't bad, but with no cards under ~$250, the appeal is pretty limited. Last-gen cards are available at a much lower cost, but are all SFP+ -- and SFP+ and 10Gbase-T are incompatible. And 10Gbase-T is *extremely* picky about cables, which has meant its adoption has been somewhat limited.

For home networking I'm much more interested in NBase-T, which delivers either 2.5Gb or 5Gb over standard Cat5e or better cabling. That's going to get scale that allows the price to really come down.

October 17, 2016 | 02:45 PM - Posted by ButtonPuncher (not verified)

You got me all worked up for 2 measly ports?!? Lame.

Just pick up a couple 10G SFP NICs and a SFP cable on eBay for $70.

https://thatservernerd.com/2016/02/23/10gb-in-your-homelab-for-under-70/

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