Zyxel Networks unveils plug-n-play 2.5G switch to eliminate network bottlenecks for homes and small businesses

The new XMG-100 Series paves the way for unmatched 2.5G networking and efficient connectivity with 10G uplink and PoE++ capabilities

Hsinchu, Taiwan, February 5, 2024—Zyxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure, AI-powered cloud networking solutions, today launched the XMG-100 series 5/8-port 2.5GbE Unmanaged Switch. Tailor-made to meet the needs of homes and small businesses, this user-friendly, plug-n-play solution is designed to push video streaming, live streaming, online gaming, and LAN party experiences to the next level.

An industry first

Standing out from the majority of 2.5G switches on the market, the XMG-100 series ensures that every downlink port operates at 2.5G speed, while each PoE port supports high-end PoE++ with a total power budget of 70W or 100W. This capability allows higher-power devices to be connected, including newer-generation WiFi APs, security cameras, VoIP phones, LED lighting, and media players. Additionally, the 10G SFP+ uplink port allows the XMG-100 switches to connect to 10G equipment such as NAS devices, or servers for large-file transfers, providing an ideal upgrading path from multi-gig to 10G network.

Seamless plug-n-play

As an unmanaged switch, the XMG-100 series doesn’t require any configuration, meaning users are ready to go from the moment they connect to the device. The plug-n-play experience simplifies the entire set up process, offering users an easy, instantaneous way to upgrade their network. The switch can also be used with customers’ existing Cat 5e cables, saving any additional money and effort associated with replacing existing cables.

Energy-saving design

The fanless design, combined with a solid metal case and efficient heat dissipation, ensures that the XMG-100 series runs silently while also saving energy. With a wide operating temperature range of -20°C to 40°C and a small form factor, the XMG-100 series can be easily placed on desktops, mounted on walls, or installed in various other areas and home spaces.

"With the advent of WiFi 6 and WiFi 7, the 2.5G standard has emerged as the new baseline for Ethernet switches,” comments Mr. Kell Lin, Senior Associate Vice President of Zyxel Networks’ Networking Strategic Business Unit. “Our XMG-100 series stands out as the premier choice among all 2.5G switches, offering unmatched ultra-high performance, durability, and the flexibility to connect to 10G networks as needed. This series is designed to provide an unprecedented experience for applications that demand high bandwidth and low latency, setting a new benchmark in the industry."

For more information about Zyxel Networks’ XMG-100 series, and to learn more about how home users can upgrade their network to boost its online streaming performance, please visit https://il.zyxel.com/global/en/products/switch/5-8-port-2-5g-unmanaged-switch-with-10g-uplink-xmg100-series

About Zyxel Networks

Zyxel Networks is a leading provider of secure, AI-powered cloud networking solutions for SMBs and the enterprise-edge. We deliver seamless connectivity and flexible scalability through subscription services, all backed by robust security. With a reputation built on decades of unlocking potential and helping people adapt to the changing workplace, Zyxel Networks has earned the trust of over 1 million businesses across 150 markets.