EnGenius has unveiled a new series multi-gigabit PoE++ L2+ networking switches with multiple NBASE-T ports. The EnGenius ECS2512FP and ECS2512 switches are designed for small and medium businesses as well as large living environments, and along with their fast switching capabiltiies, one of the models is also capable of Power over Ethernet to deliver power to remote, high-performance devices like Wi-Fi 6 access points. Both models can be managed remotely using EnGenius cloud-based software. The manufacturer is calling its new switches ‘affordable’, though without listing official prices.

Both new switches from EnGenius — the ECS2512FP and the ECS2512 — support 120 Gbps of switching capacity and are fed via eight 2.5GBASE-T ports along with four 10GbE SFP+ slots for fiber uplinks. Meanwhile, the more advanced ECS2512FP model supports the IEEE 802.3bt Power-over-Ethernet, allowing it to transfer up to 240 W of power to such power-hungry devices as Wi-Fi 6 access points, PTZ cameras, or AV controllers. 

One of the key features of the latest EnGenius switches is their support for the company’s subscription-free EnGenius Cloud that allows to monitor system metrics in real time, display network topology, troubleshoot, problems, and analyze network’s behavior. According to the company, its switches and cloud services provide ‘enterprise-class features’ and essentially simplify monitoring of networks. While such capabilities bring a lot of value for companies, they come at a cost that typically makes these kinds of multi-gig switches prohibitively expensive for consumers.

EnGenius says that its ECS2512FP and ECS2512 switches will hit the market next month and that they will be ‘affordable’. Unfortunately, without an actual price it is impossible to say whether the switches will be reasonably priced for an average person, or for a business that wants to save on multi-gig network management.

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Source: EnGenius

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  • Ej24 - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Bingo. I agree. 4, 8 and 12 port 10G unmanaged switches with regular cat 6. Toss some pcie aquantia nics in your pc's, good to go.
  • Kelv1n - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Won't happen anytime soon, first 10G is still bleeding edge for SME devices (unheard of in 99% of Consumer devices) which make it "premium". Second the complexities of 10G-BaseT, include ASICS and heat generation make it unviable to deliver at those low cost.. maybe in 5-10 years.. (until a few years ago, most consumer switches were still 100Mb)
  • supdawgwtfd - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    A few years?

    Try a decade+!

    GB switches have been cheap for a long long long time.
  • PixyMisa - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    If the 10G ports on this were RJ-45, that would be good enough.
  • mode_13h - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Netgear's MS510TX was just on sale for $210 (now it's back up to $260). You get:
    2x 10 Gig (one is SFP+)
    2x 5 Gig
    2x 2.5 Gig
    4x 1 Gig
  • yetanotherhuman - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    It's still the best value for money. I keep mentioning it as well, because it really stands out compared to the others.
  • mode_13h - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    For me, the only negative is that it appears to have a fan.
  • shikibyakko - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Give more 10GBASE-T ports at reasonable prices, and I'll consider it.
    This is literally the only reason why I'm struggling if I should contract a 10Gbps internet connection.
  • mode_13h - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Are you serious? If your annual subscription fee for 10 Gig connectivity is less than current 10 Gig switch prices, I'm simply stunned. Otherwise, if you can easily afford the subscription fee, then the price of a switch should (ultimately) be no big deal, so you might as well just eat it.

    I'm not even sure why someone would need that kind of connection to a home (?), unless you're copying huge amounts of data to/from the cloud.
  • shikibyakko - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    I live in Japan. Here there is a residential 10Gbps internet service by Sony (NURO) that costs not that much from a "common" 1Gbps service.

    So yeah, prices of switches are the main reason I've not yet contracted the 10gbps service.

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