ZyXel 48 port "layer 2" switch £29.99 @ box.co.uk
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ZyXel 48 port "layer 2" switch £29.99 @ box.co.uk

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Found 24th Mar 2016
Posted same router from different seller at similar price-point around a year ago - many places selling at around the £200 mark which is bonkers.

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"value" network switch - connect one end to your router, everything else to this, creates an entirely "flat" LAN, everything able to talk to everything else, and yet allows you to maximise traffic between devices. Ideal for homes, or small businesses.

Even if you have nowhere near 48 devices, it automatically isolates traffic between devices not trying to communicate with each other, effectively giving you more bandwidth than if you had fixed them to a 100Mb hub, and reduces processing overhead on your router.

Before you comment; yes, only has two gigabit ports (everything else is 100MBs) , no it isn't a very new design, no it isn't Power over Ethernet, yes it will mount in a 19" rack, stand on a table, or in my case, you can strap it under a shelf (supply your own straps!)

Have used in my home for over 12 months, perfectly adequate for browsing file/print serving and even iplayer, hasn't given me a spot of bother, just plug in connections switch it on and let it take care of everything!

For those who might complain that a 2 week "swap out" guarantee isn't appropriate for "mission critical" applications, you can get lifetime "insurance" for £30 by purchasing a second "hot standby" unit.

Official blurb
Overview

Robust Design

ZyXEL's ES-1552 ExtraSmart Switch comes with 52 Fast Ethernet copper ports plus four Gigabit uplinks (two 1000Base-T ports and two SFP slots) that power the non-blocking connection power to SMB/SB networks, and the multi-function design fits into copper or fiber networks easily.

By utilising 4G uplinks and port aggregation, bandwidth on critical paths can be expanded flexibly by merging multiple traffic pipelines into one to dramatically improve network stability.

ExtraSmart™ Evolution

While many legacy web smart switches improve manageability they can often be complex to use. For most small businesses, inadequate IT expertise and complicated configurations are the major pains to overcome. Powered by a new hardware platform with smart ACL technology; "Auto DoS Attack Prevention" and "Auto VoIP" features provides hassle-free operation.

In addition, ZyXEL ES-1552 comes with a streamlined intuitive Web-GUI for features such as 802.1Q VLAN, 802.1p traffic priority and static port aggregation.

Extra Secure - Auto DoS Attack Prevention

Security is a top priority for SMB/SB networks. Equipped with Auto DoS Attack Prevention, the ES-1552 ExtraSmart Switch is capable of fighting against ubiquitous DoS attacks.

A few mouse clicks is all it takes to initiate the protection and complete the once-complicated ACL setting, reducing the time required with switch setup and management.

ES-1552 supports 802.1Q VLAN for traffic isolation, as well as static MAC forwarding and dynamic ARP to establish a robust protected network.

Auto VoIP Telephony without the Configuration headaches

VoIP is becoming more popular within businesses, but it usually requires IT expertise to optimise a network for VoIP applications. The "Auto VoIP" feature of the ES-1552 ExtraSmart Switch can identify VoIP packet patterns and approve the highest priority to VoIP-friendly communications.

Auto VoIP offers IP telephony without the configuration headaches. Features like four priority queues and a WFQ scheduling algorithm allows users to optimise network bandwidth usage and quality of services.

In terms of bandwidth management, users can choose from several options and pick the most appropriate.

Key Features

Auto DoS attack prevention
Auto VoIP
Flexible 4 GbE uplink interfaces
IEEE 802.3ad static port aggregation
Streamlined web based management interface
IEEE 802.1Q VLAN
Port security
IEEE 802.1p with 4 priority queues
WRR and SPQ queuing algorithms

Limited Lifetime Warranty

On defined ZyXEL Business products ZyXEL offer an extension to the Standard Warranty defined in these terms as Limited lifetime Warranty. Limited Lifetime warranty is defined as the Lifetime of the product from when the product is launched and first supplied to customers in the EU Region until the product End of Life (EOL) announcement is made upon the local ZyXEL Website. The Business products will then be supported for a further 5 years after the EOL announcement is made by the EU ZyXEL Service Centre.

In the event of an issue with a ZyXEL Business product – the customer must contact the appropriate ZyXEL service Centre for assistance. In the event that the product needs to be replaced and is approved under the warranty terms, ZyXEL will raise an RMA number. The ZyXEL Service Centre will then dispatch the hardware to the reseller/customer in advance. The aim is to advance replace the faulty unit with a suitable replacement of the same type or similar features within 10 working days. ZyXEL do not guarantee that the replacement unit is a new product. The reseller customer is then responsible for the return of the faulty item to the ZyXEL Service Centre

77 Comments

Thirty quid for a manageable switch?! Bargain!

bargain

This should be scorching!

Switch pr0n. Amazing specs for the price.

Is it 2U or 1?

Original Poster

pimpMe

This should be scorching!


hopefully will be :-)

Original Poster

Roger_Irrelevant

Switch pr0n. Amazing specs for the price. :)Is it 2U or 1?


A Gnats "bawhair" short of 44mm so 1U

- comes with right angled brackets so can be attached to a standard 19" rack, and stick-on feet for table-top use

- built in power supply and works off a (supplied) standard IEC power cable, so no external "brick" or "wall wart"

(proper "grown up" kit then!)
Edited by: "ukhotdeals1" 25th Mar 2016

Almost bought it, but I will stick with 3 routers attached to my VMedia modem.

If it was a full gigabit network, I would be blown away.

Here is the listing on Amazon. It has only one reviewer saying it may not be Managed

amazon.co.uk/ZyX…UL6

is it new? or 2nd hand ?

rht

Here is the listing on Amazon. It has only one reviewer saying it may … Here is the listing on Amazon. It has only one reviewer saying it may not be Managed http://www.amazon.co.uk/ZyXEL-ES-1552-Managed-Ethernet-Switch/dp/B000VFHUL6



It's not a managed switch, it has a web interface for some settings. These are generally called 'smart' switches.

If you're happy with limiting the whole 'network' to fast ethernet speeds, then it's obviously a good price, but this will be the bottleneck in your network.


Edited by: "topss" 25th Mar 2016

Would have been on this like a tramp on chips if it was gigabit, but it's still a damn good price!

100Mb/s is kinda useless unless the application is something like VoIP where data transfer doesn't matter. In all other uses, spend twice your money and you'll get 10x the performance!

It's a switch not a router 2 different things!

vmistery

It's a switch not a router 2 different things!


Yes, we know...

This might be cheap and it's cheap for a reason, it's almost useless, anyone wanting 48 ports surely would want the majority of them if not all to be Gigabit, this is old tech sold off cheap for a reason, it's redundant.

The only positive thing you can say about this deal is that it costs more 2nd hand on eBay >

ebay.co.uk/itm…272?hash=item1eac3c7968:g:~ScAAOSwzgRW0uGt

Sorry but this is a cold deal, if something is useless and this largely is then it's not worth having, so it's cold. There are no rules for voting on this site, for me this is a cold deal. Thanks OP but no thanks.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 25th Mar 2016

Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home environment. If you're the type of user who is using it for 'browsing file/print serving and even iplayer' then you most likely don't need 48 ports anyway. Just get a 8 port gigabit switch. Or even 2 of them for around this price - will give you some redundancy incase one fails.

And yes, someone may say they need 48 ports, but if you do, surely you have invested thousands into existing equipment, why not another £150-£200 to let it all work as it should.

Or maybe it's just to make it look like you have a big network X)

https://suprafortix.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/wp_20140806_013.jpg

Edited by: "topss" 25th Mar 2016

Bought the same item from ebuyer about a year ago and posted it here.
It was not managed which is what i thought i had bought and it's now been replaced by a 1000 network components but at 3 times the cost. Was only using about 10 ports so overkill and i do some transfers around the network which took ages on the 100.
Can't vote it hot or cold as for some people this may be ok. I also think it is not managed as i never got into any web interface no matter how hard i tried.

Great find and nice saving OP.

However, there are better products out there, albeit 2nd hand, for a similar price. I recently purchased two unused Netgear GS724T (full gigabit, managed) switches off eBay for £25. If you care enough to have a managed switch, you'll want full gigabit anyway. For a little more you can have POE too!

Seriously nobody should be buying 100mbit kit these days.

We throw out all our old 100mbit kit in our house 3 years ago, and given the main switch in a house is the backbone to your network you really need to get a good one. Get a good HP (cheap in the UK) or Cisco switch and it will be reliable and able to handle what ever you through at it, then use smaller 5/8 port gigabit switches at your distribution points (e.g. TV / AV center, workstations, etc) that Amazon keeps running offers on.

Its silly not to get good network gear considering how much the equipment that relies on it costs.

topss

Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home … Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home environment. If you're the type of user who is using it for 'browsing file/print serving and even iplayer' then you most likely don't need 48 ports anyway. Just get a 8 port gigabit switch. Or even 2 of them for around this price - will give you some redundancy incase one fails. And yes, someone may say they need 48 ports, but if you do, surely you have invested thousands into existing equipment, why not another £150-£200 to let it all work as it should.Or maybe it's just to make it look like you have a big network X)



10/100 useless in a home environment? Why?

If you have gigabit devices such as a NAS it may be better to connect those to gigabit ports so there's no bottleneck with multiple devices connecting to it at the same time, but devices such as STBs, TVs, Blu-Ray players, printers, etc (pretty-much everything you want a home network for at the moment) don't really require gigabit capability and most don't even have gigabit LAN ports anyway.

Saying that though, unless you have a specific need and know what you're doing with VLANs, IGMP, QoS, etc, smart and managed switches should be ignored. You'll get everything you need out of a simple unmanaged gigabit switch costing you £15.

From personal experience (I used to install Zyxel networking equipment nearly every day for a Zyxel partner) I wouldn't touch a Zyxel switch even if I got it for free. Their DSL modems though, back in the day, were excellent.

topss

Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home … Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home environment. If you're the type of user who is using it for 'browsing file/print serving and even iplayer' then you most likely don't need 48 ports anyway. Just get a 8 port gigabit switch. Or even 2 of them for around this price - will give you some redundancy incase one fails. And yes, someone may say they need 48 ports, but if you do, surely you have invested thousands into existing equipment, why not another £150-£200 to let it all work as it should.Or maybe it's just to make it look like you have a big network X)

If you have gigabit devices such as a NAS it may be better to connect … If you have gigabit devices such as a NAS it may be better to connect those to gigabit ports so there's no bottleneck

You'll get everything you need out of a simple unmanaged gigabit switch … You'll get everything you need out of a simple unmanaged gigabit switch costing you £15.



Don't be so obtuse.



May be? Are you serious. You just purchased a gigabit NAS and want to transfer files to even one other connected item at a slower speed instead? Why? A NAS isn't just to pull information off it, you do need to get the information on to it as well. Why would you want to do that almost 10 times slower? Bad advice.

Actually, you then went on to answering your own question:



So, yeah pretty useless.



Edited by: "topss" 25th Mar 2016

Love these devices. A deal gets posted and all of a sudden, everyone becomes a network guru

ukle

Seriously nobody should be buying 100mbit kit these days.


While I broadly agree - any wired, even 10/100 is better than wifi ...



Brilliant deal. People dont understand its applications will vote cold. Ignore them.

Hot because this is crazy good value, but agreed would not look at a 10/100mbps for a home network not least from a future proofing perspective! I can't believe there are home users needing 48-ports that would not benefit from gigabit!

Great deal!

like i say I had one of these and everything worked ok. printers, streaming hd movies etc
The main drawback was I only used about 10 ports so a big box not being used by about a fifth.
Running a business where I had a lot of backups to do on various computer it took its time transfering it around the network. This is either a problem or not it just depend if you dont mind the wait.
The other thing is with that many outlets all items have to go to the unit so even though we had a few locations far away (but near to each other) each one needed a cable all the way back
I now have a couple 1000 hubs (which come of my 4port virgin router) and a wifi hub all at different and useful place for easy connections. Less cables and faster speed and theres still room to expand.
I think some people think bigger is better but most people would be better off with something smaller ie 16 or 24 port but faster. This has 2 bad points... its too large (who's actually using 48 ports or even 24) and slow when everything is now hd (and will be 4k) ,multi streaming to multiple rooms,faster downloads, ipads
Edited by: "simonbrowne" 25th Mar 2016

fishmaster

This might be cheap and it's cheap for a reason, it's almost useless, … This might be cheap and it's cheap for a reason, it's almost useless, anyone wanting 48 ports surely would want the majority of them if not all to be Gigabit, this is old tech sold off cheap for a reason, it's redundant. The only positive thing you can say about this deal is that it costs more 2nd hand on eBay >http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ZyXEL-ES-1552-48-10-100-Port-Switch-/131738663272?hash=item1eac3c7968:g:~ScAAOSwzgRW0uGtSorry but this is a cold deal, if something is useless and this largely is then it's not worth having, so it's cold. There are no rules for voting on this site, for me this is a cold deal. Thanks OP but no thanks.



​Spot on.

topss

Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home … Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home environment. If you're the type of user who is using it for 'browsing file/print serving and even iplayer' then you most likely don't need 48 ports anyway. Just get a 8 port gigabit switch. Or even 2 of them for around this price - will give you some redundancy incase one fails. And yes, someone may say they need 48 ports, but if you do, surely you have invested thousands into existing equipment, why not another £150-£200 to let it all work as it should.Or maybe it's just to make it look like you have a big network X)

If you have gigabit devices such as a NAS it may be better to connect … If you have gigabit devices such as a NAS it may be better to connect those to gigabit ports so there's no bottleneck

You'll get everything you need out of a simple unmanaged gigabit switch … You'll get everything you need out of a simple unmanaged gigabit switch costing you £15.



Obtuse? Hmm, OK!

​Dude you really are clueless. I'm still laughing at you posting a picture of a 3750 like you know what you're doing.

Rule number one: Never attach clients at the same speed as your backbone. In a shared environment you could saturate your link to the NAS, for example. Of course, a network designer knows this. Amateurs don't - they just see black and white. You're obviously guilty of this, Topss, as you seem to think everything needs a gigabit connection.

Come back when you've designed enterprise-class networks (and I do mean multi-million pound networks, not small-to-medium businesses), and maybe I'll take your points seriously. Until then, stick to your amateur kit

Honestly not sure how much use a 100mbit switch is.... even if it is managed and offers layer 2 functionality.

I have been using gigabit at home for around 10 years now and that is useful for copying files around, streaming from my storage box etc. Even my wifi network has no troubles pulling at around 500mbit.

Add to this many peoples external connections are faster than this now so they are simply bottlenecking themselves with a slow switch.

Cold since I am not honestly not sure the use case.

the__cat

Come back when you've designed enterprise-class networks (and I do mean … Come back when you've designed enterprise-class networks (and I do mean multi-million pound networks, not small-to-medium businesses), and maybe I'll take your points seriously. Until then, stick to your amateur kit



I think you may be conflating a home network with the work you did for GCHQ.
Edited by: "topss" 25th Mar 2016

the__cat

Obtuse? Hmm, OK!​Dude you really are clueless. I'm still laughing at you p … Obtuse? Hmm, OK!​Dude you really are clueless. I'm still laughing at you posting a picture of a 3750 like you know what you're doing. Rule number one: Never attach clients at the same speed as your backbone. In a shared environment you could saturate your link to the NAS, for example. Of course, a network designer knows this. Amateurs don't - they just see black and white. You're obviously guilty of this, Topss, as you seem to think everything needs a gigabit connection. Come back when you've designed enterprise-class networks (and I do mean multi-million pound networks, not small-to-medium businesses), and maybe I'll take your points seriously. Until then, stick to your amateur kit



Ok so this is gold, you're comparing enterprise networks to a SOHO environment?

Let's get real here. The original question stands, why on earth would you purchase a NAS with a gig interface and have everything else running 100Mb?

Are clients going to be screaming at you when you smash the NAS doing a huge file transfer?

No.

So let's break away from the willy-sizing and just accept that 10/100 is old hat. You wouldn't sacrifice the extra transfer speed at home for your bizarre approach to limiting client speeds. If you're designing enterprise networks then you're fully aware of the concepts of link aggregation and QoS in today's deployments. Plenty of aggregation switches, including the new 3850s still come with a 1Gb model and yet I don't see anyone still rolling out 100Mb NICs.
Edited by: "Stim" 25th Mar 2016

fishmaster

Sorry but this is a cold deal, if something is useless and this largely … Sorry but this is a cold deal, if something is useless and this largely is then it's not worth having, so it's cold. There are no rules for voting on this site, for me this is a cold deal. Thanks OP but no thanks.


A lot of people in low speed internet areas would be happy with even 10/100 so it's not useless AND voting hot or cold is and should be largely based on price - this site is called hot uk DEALS after all

What on earth is the point? You can get 100mbit switches with as many bells and whistles and ports as you want for £20 on ebay all day looooong.

ebay.co.uk/itm…327?hash=item58d786ea6f:g:J9wAAOSwd4tTvp-J
ebay.co.uk/itm…618?hash=item210be8007a:g:RUUAAOSwJkJWhaKj
ebay.co.uk/itm…941?hash=item56841abf8d:g:1FcAAOSwqYBWoTpU
ebay.co.uk/itm…500?hash=item2364237454:g:6rEAAOSwnLdWsiHc
ebay.co.uk/itm…914?hash=item3abeb7ba02:g:yL8AAOSwwpdW2G03
ebay.co.uk/itm…558?hash=item1c631cbb06:g:13wAAOSw--1WtUu1

Cold!
Edited by: "Awaken" 25th Mar 2016

topss

Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home … Have to agree that a 10/100 switch is pretty useless in a home environment. If you're the type of user who is using it for 'browsing file/print serving and even iplayer' then you most likely don't need 48 ports anyway. Just get a 8 port gigabit switch. Or even 2 of them for around this price - will give you some redundancy incase one fails. And yes, someone may say they need 48 ports, but if you do, surely you have invested thousands into existing equipment, why not another £150-£200 to let it all work as it should.Or maybe it's just to make it look like you have a big network X)


Is that a 3750G?

http://www.schnittberichte.com/pics/SBs/100/58049/s011.jpg

Zyxel..... just....NO.

any chance for a a PoE one for the same money?

Best option is to buy a switch from eBay. Companies are always selling off older switches as they upgrade. I bought a 48 port gigabit Cisco switch (around 4 years old) for around £40. It still has tons of life, is fully plug and play (but can be managed also) and is full gigabit.

the__cat

10/100 useless in a home environment? Why?.



Besides the other points already mentioned, some ISPs are offering about 100meg now, so this would actually bottleneck some people's internet connections.

muzzzzzzzzzy

Is that a 3750G?



Not sure, but I'm sure visitors will think I'm some multi-billion (or was it million) £s network installer when they see this connected to my Smart TV.
Edited by: "topss" 25th Mar 2016
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