The TRENDnet TEG-S762 is an excellent alternative to the Zyxel MG-108. It's a bit more expensive but more compact and comes with two 10Gbps ports instead of just 2.5Gbps. And in my book of Multi-Gig, 10Gbps is the way to go.
Most importantly, at the current cost of slightly more than $200, like the Zyxel, the TRENDnet is within the budget of many home users. Sure, it could have more ports, but six is suitable for most homes.
If you're looking to break into the realm of faster-than-Gigabit, the TRENDnet TEG-S762 6-Port 10Gbps Unmanaged switch is an excellent option right now. Get one!
TRENDnet TEG-S762: A compact Multi-Gig switch
The TRENDnet TEG-S762 looks like a typical Gigabit switch with all the ports -- six BASE-T RJ45 and the power port -- on the front. On the underside, you'll find its mounting holes. And that's it.
The compact switch is slightly larger than an adult's palm and has no internal fan. Instead, its chassis has tiny holes on the side for ventilation. No fan means it will run quietly, and there's one fewer thing to break.
Compared to the Zyxel MG-108, the TRENDnet TEG-S762 has two fewer ports. However, it comes with two 10Gbps ports, which are nice. The rest of its ports are 2.5Gbps, like the case of its rival.
TRENDnet TEG-S762 vs Zyxel MG-108: Hardware specifications
Both of these are unmanaged switches. They will work right away as you plug them into an existing network. As a matter of fact, they work together, too.
|Full Name||TRENDnet TEG-S762 |
|Zyxel MG-108 |
(W x D x H)
|7 x 5.7 x 1.3 in |
(180 x 145 x 33mm)
|9.45 x 4.13 x 1.02 in|
(240 x 106 x 26 mm)
|Weight||5.12 lbs (2.33 kg)||1.41 lbs (640 g)|
|Multi-Gig Ports||2x 10Gbps, 4x 2.5Gbps||8x 2.5Gbps|
|Jumbo Frame Support||Yes |
(Up to 9KB)
(Up to 12KB)
|Features||Fanless and quiet|
Desktop and Wall mount
|Fanless and quiet|
Desktop and Wall mount
Auto-MDI/MDIX in all ports
|Supported Standards||IEEE 802.3u|
IEEE 802.1p QoS
IEEE 802.3 Nway auto-negotiation
|Operating Environment||Temperature: 0° – 40° C (32° – 104° F)|
Humidity: up to 95% (non-condensing)
|Temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)|
Humidity: 10% to 90% (non-condensing)
|Power Supply||Input: 100 – 240V AC, 50/60 Hz|
Output: 12V, 1A
|Input: 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz|
Output: 12V DC/1.5A
|Certification||CE, FCC, IC||CE, EAC, FCC, BSMI Class B|
|Power Consumption||11.9W max||12.24W max|
|LED Indicator||Green (port 1-2): 10Gbps, |
Amber (port 1-2): 2.5Gbps or slower.
Green (port 3-6): 2.5Gbps,
Amber (port 3-6): 1Gbps or slower.
|Green: 2.5 Gbps, Amber: 100/1000 Mbps, )|
|U.S Cost (at review)||$210||$170|
TRENDnet TEG-S762: Detail photos
Plug and play
Like the case of all unmanaged switches, the TRENDnet TEG-S762 is totally plug-n-play. Connect it to an existing switch or router via a network cable, and you're all set.
As for what port to use as the uplink, that depends. If your existing network is a Gigabit, it doesn't matter, but if you have a Multi-Gig network, use the port that best matches the speed grade of the existing switch or router.
And that's it. The TRENDnet TEG-S762 has no app or web interface. Again, all you have to do is plug it in. Now you can add up to five additional Multi-Gig wired devices to your network.
TRENDnet TEG-S762: Excellent overall performance
I tried the TRENDnet TEG-S762 for almost a week, and it worked without any issues at all.
Despite having no fan, the switch remained relatively cool even during heavy tasks. It got just slightly warmer than room temperature. One thing is for sure the switch was completely silent.
In terms of performance, it wasn't the fastest compared to other 10Gbps ports I've tested, but its 2.5Gbps were speedier than those of the Zyxel MG-108 by small margins.
In all, I was happy with its performance, considering the cost.
TRENDnet TEG-S762's Rating
Two 10Gbps and four 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports
Compact, fanless, sturdy design
Helpful port indicator, plug-n-play
No SFP+ port
10Gbps performance could be a tad better
The TRENDnet TEG-S762 is a simple unmanaged switch that gives you the two 2.5Gbps and 10Gbps flavors of Multi-Gig. It doesn't have anything to wow anyone, but it has enough to justify its relatively friendly cost.
If you have wired your home and you're looking into upgrading it to faster-than-Gigabit today, this switch is a safe investment. However, there's no rush, either. My take is that Multi-Gig switches will become more common starting this year, with pricing gradually lowered over time.