We have been slacking a bit on a new round-up of cheap network switches. There are now well over a dozen units in the queue to review and do a round-up video of, but we are going to start with one that has perhaps the funniest name. The “ienRon” 8-port 2.5GbE and 1-port SFP+ 10GbE switch has a funny name. Someone took “Enron” and added “i” to it like an iPhone and came up with iEnron. Despite the name, this little switch has a unique feature so we wanted to review this one first.
If you just want a link to where to get the switch, you can find an Amazon affiliate link here. This switch also became the subject of one of our super quick shorts that you can find here:
ienRon HG0801XG 8-port 2.5GbE 1-port 10GbE Fanless Switch Hardware Overview
The front of the switch has eight 2.5GbE ports and then a SFP+ port that is not properly labeled (it says SFP instead.) Still, that means we get a 10GbE uplink for the little switch which can be very useful.
The big feature difference between this switch, and several of the other 9-port switches we have reviewed is the “VLAN” switch that can be OFF or ON. This switch we have seen in a few other units, and controls port isolation. When it is on, the ports (say 1 and 8) cannot talk to one another directly, but they can communicate through to the SFP+ uplink. If you are unsure if you want that feature, we would leave that off.
On the side, there is a vent.
On the other side, there is a vent and a “Tear invalid” sticker.
On the back, there is nothing. Many of these switches have a little grounding point screw back here, but this does not. This is mostly a save-all-costs switch. So much so that it did not come with rubber feet to keep the unit from scratching a desk.
Taking off the top is as easy as removing four screws.
This is another Realtek RTL8373-CG plus RTL8224-CG design, with a very simplified internal design. The PCB is even smaller than other units we have seen like the YuanLey YS25-0801.
Next, let us get working with the switch.