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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  • mode_13h - Saturday, February 1, 2020 - link

    OMG. That's nuts! With 10 Gigabit prices so low, that simply *must* create a market for more 10 Gigabit networking products.

    I'm slightly amazed that it's not just a sales ploy, by Sony, to sell their own networking hardware.
    Though, I guess I'm assuming they really don't make any - not that I just haven't heard of it.
  • dontlistentome - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    10Gb over copper in the home isn't going to happen in the next decade. There, I said it. Too much power consumption and no need when 2.5G will cover 99% of home-use cases. You might get 1 or two ports but that's it.

    This time next year 2.5G will be on most medium/upper desktop boards and higher-end laptops

    It'll be a few years before 5G makes and progress (if at all).

    The real elephant in the room is multi-gig wifi. More people are renting globally and running cables is not an option .. plus there is no need to when every few years the wifi speeds double. That's why there might be the odd 10G port on equipment, just to plug in the base station for the wireless mesh.
  • Tomatotech - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    I don’t understand why you think 2.5 gig will be on most laptops in a few years when the trend is for most laptops to get rid of their Ethernet ports entirely by then.
  • mode_13h - Saturday, February 1, 2020 - link

    I guess like mobile workstations or high-end gaming laptops could still feature a hard connection, especially if it provides faster speeds than wifi.
  • patrickjp93 - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - link

    Hmm, now if I could just get a WiFi router with 2.5/5/10G ethernet ports so I could hook up my NAS at full speed over the WiFi network.

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