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I'm currently specing out my home network, and while going 'full' 10GBe capable is tempting, my options for upgrades are limited. I'm looking at a Unifi Switch Flex XG . 2.5GBe is broadly supported and is a coming thing. While switch options for gigabit are plentiful (and I already have a low cost managed gigabit switch)

So here's what I'm looking at

Essentials:

  • Low cost. 300USD will get me a 10GBe Switch. I'm half certain I can get a modern unmanaged 1Gbe switch for maybe 20USD. I'm looking to pay ~100USD per 4 ports. At some point a second flex XG would make sense, but I'd rather not be plonking down another 300 USD for a switch that ends up being connected to a 2.5GBps media center box and a tele.

  • Compact - Most of the switches in my wishlist or currently in use don't have a ton of 'wasted' space. I don't want a switch that has 5 ports, and 5 ports space worth of panel and blinkenlighten. Being able to fit in the same footprint or slightly bigger than the Flex XG would be nice.

  • 2.5Gbe (minimal requirement) or better support

Nice to have

  • 'Wall' mountability. I have a TPlink TL-SG105 which I've mounted to the side of a desk with screws. The switch has little screw holes

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  • Management capability, I can do unmanaged but it would be a nice to have considering some other plans I have.

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I think the TRENDnet 5-Port Unmanaged TEG-S350 switch seems to be a good option:

  • Goes for $129.99
  • Wall Mountable; The 2.5G switches feature metal housing with a convenient wall mountable design for greater installation flexibility
  • All 5 2.5Gbps Ports
  • 109x160x25mm size (smaller than the 135x185x32mm of the UniFi Flex XG)

Another option (just to have two...) which is quite similar but somewhat wider (126x209x26mm) is the TP-Link TL-SG105-M2

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    the TPlink comes well recommended, and apparently is quite affordable on aliexpress. The trendnet is a new one. While I'm slightly undecided on what to get (my new place got delayed), these options fit all my requirements. The 8 port tplink option seems 'better' value per port from what I've seen Jul 20 at 13:24
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Where I live, the Netgear GS110MX meets all your need to haves, it's under $300 (€190), 8port and 10Gbs. However, it is not managed and probably not wall mountable (My sources do not show a picture of the bottom, but it has feet). It is also bigger than your current switch, but it is not much bigger than it needs to be (it's 8 ports in a row and a few leds on the front)

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  • It's much bigger, and only 2 ports are 10Gbps (others are Gigabit) Jul 20 at 13:24

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