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The sexiest 10G-capable network switch - the ASUS XG-U2008 (Updated)

By Liu Hongzuo - on 11 Feb 2017, 4:35pm

ASUS announces 10-port Ethernet switch with two 10GBase-T ports – the XG-U2008 *updated with pricing*

Note: This article was first published on 31st October 2016.
Update, 10th
Februrary 2017: ASUS provided pricing and availability details

ASUS announced their latest XG-U2008 – a 10-port unmanaged Ethernet switch that’s easy to use. Two of the ports are 10GBase-T ports, which makes the switch compatible with 10Gbps networking speeds. It features a slim, aluminum design with a spun-metal finish, and the switch can be fitted into a standard 19-inch bay (if you get the optional rack-mount kit).

The ASUS XG-U2008 is ASUS’s first 10G-capable switch, and it’s targeted at small and medium businesses, serious gamers, and professional users who need to run bandwidth-intense network applications. With this new network switch, ASUS makes it possible for these users to connect to the latest 10G WAN services, on top of connecting to standard Gigabit Ethernet devices.

The two 10GBase-T ports on the XG-U2008 can deliver up to 10Gbps speeds using standard RJ-45 cables that already support 100/1,000Mbps connections. They also come with three-color LEDs for indicating signal quality, showing cable diagnostic information. Blue lights indicate that the cable supports 10Gbps speeds, while white lights mean 1Gbps operation. Amber lights indicate that the cable is not working. The switch also comes with front-mounted LEDs to indicate network activity for every port.

The eight remaining Gigabit Ethernet ports are for your standard wired networking channels. The switch requires no setup, and it can be active after powering on and connecting said devices. Each port automatically configures itself as a WAN or LAN port, depending on the type of device that’s connected.

Spec sheet of the ASUS XG-U2008.

ASUS has yet to announce the XG-U2008’s pricing and availability – we'll update here when the information is made public.

Update, 10th Februrary 2017: The XG-U2008 switch is officially priced at S$369. It is currently available at all authorized retailers and it has a three-year local warranty.

In case you forgot, Singtel, M1, SuperInternet and ViewQwest have 10Gbps fiber broadband internet plans for you to utilize this new ASUS switch. Further to that, you'll need quite a beefy system to take advantage of this massive bandwidth, so here's what you need.

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