With more and more devices in homes today, decent connectivity is vital. Of course, most of these devices are Wi-Fi enabled, but wired connections are always superior for a number of reasons. However, not all homes are wired correctly to make it easier to use multiple wired devices. This is where hubs and switches come in.
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Our review of the Zyxel MG-108 takes a look at an 8-port unmanaged switch with 2.5GbE speeds that allows you to expand the number of ports available for your wired devices at fast speeds. Read on for the full commentary.
The Zyxel MG-108 8-Port 2.5GbE Unmanaged Switch we reviewed has the following features and specifications:
- 100M, 1G and 2.5G ports for multiple speeds
- Fanless and silent
- Plug and Play, easy to use and quick to install
- Desk and wall mount
- Auto-MDI / MDIX in all ports
- Eight 100/1000/2500 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet ports with automatic MDI / MDIX support
- Per port LED Link / Activity
- Power consumption: 12.24 watts max.
- Power Supply: External AC to DC Power Adapter; Input: 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz; Output: 12 V DC / 1.5 A
- Certifications: CE, EAC, FCC, BSMI Class B
- Dimensions: 240 x 106 x 26 mm (9.45 ″ x 4.13 ″ x 1.02 ″)
- Weight: 640 g (1.41 lbs)
What’s in the box
- Power adapter with universal plugs
- Rubber / felt feet
- Quick Start Guide
- Security Warning and DoC
The switches are pretty basic in design, and so is the Zyxel MG-108 8-port 2.5GbE unmanaged switch. It is rectangular and measures about an inch high, just over four inches deep, and just under nine and a half inches wide. The front is where you will find the power and LED lights towards the left side. Eight 100/1000/2500 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet ports with automatic MDI / MDIX support cover most of the front, and the DC power port is on the far right. Zyxel logo and model number (MG-108) are printed in the upper left corner.
The top of the switch is engraved with the Zyxel logo. The sides of the switch have ventilation slats, as does part of the back. The bottom has two screw holes for wall mounting and four recessed circles for the optional feet included. When attached, by means of a sticky back, they allow the switch to be placed on a shelf with a bit of grip and spacing.
The included AC adapter includes three sockets, allowing the switch to be used in North America, UK and EU without any issues.
Although the Zyxel MG-108 has a boring design, it is a model that works and has sufficient ventilation, so that the switch does not get too hot.
Ease of use
Being an unmanaged switch, the Zyxel MG-108 is easy to set up and use. In addition to deciding whether you want to mount it on a wall or on a shelf, all you need to do is plug it into a wall outlet, connect a Cat 5e / 6 / 6a Ethernet cable between the switch and the router, and then plug in your other cable devices. After that, it’s pretty much forgetting that he’s even there. Once it’s plugged in and you’re logged in, the LED lights on the front indicate the connection speed of the device connected to that port. If it is a 100/1000 Mbps connection, the LED will be orange. If it supports the fastest 2500 Mbps, the LED will be green.
While most consumer Internet connections revolve around the 1 Gbps range, it can be useful to have a 2.5 Gbe switch for handover and communication between internal devices. I didn’t notice any changes when downloading from the internet, but speeds were generally better when transferring files over a wired connection from my laptop and backup storage drive. Additionally, I was able to wire my laptop, home theater projector, Xbox Series X, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, and a desktop computer that I was reviewing. Not only did this provide better speeds for some of these devices, but it also provided a consistent and worry-free internet connection.
Depending on how many cables you’ve plugged in, it’s still a little warm, but as long as it’s in a relatively open space, you should be fine.
The Zyxel MG-108 8-Port 2.5GbE Unmanaged Switch costs US $ 169.99, which is not a bad price and is consistent with other offerings. If you don’t need 8 ports, you can get a 5-port version for $ 129.99. If you want more control over the Switch, the company also offers web-managed versions, at a higher price, of course.
If you’re looking for a way to expand and upgrade your current network for more wired connectivity with ease, the Zyxel MG-108 8-Port 2.5GbE Unmanaged Switch offers great performance at a fairly reasonable price.
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Last updated November 30, 2021.
Zyxel MG-108 8-Port 2.5GbE Unmanaged Switch
US $ 169.99
I have arrived
- Correct ventilation
- Wall or shelf mounting
- Support 100/1000/2500 Mbps
- Universal power adapters
- Automatic MDI / MDIX support
- Got a bit warm, so needs a well ventilated area