In case you think the title is a typo, given how shocking it may seem, it is not. The QNAP QSW-M5216-1T has sixteen ports of 25GbE in a desktop switch design. If that sounds crazy, then perhaps it is. This is the kind of switch many of our readers have been asking for.
QNAP QSW-M5216-1T 16-port 25GbE Switch
QNAP has a marketing slide deck for this switch in a video that would make one smile. It is 40+ slides where many are explaining why 25GbE is good. We are going to skip that for the STH readership since we have reviewed many 25GbE solutions thus far. here is the front of the switch with features called out.
What is less obvious from the product page is the rear. There is a management port, a serial port, and a single power supply.
Inside, we can see that there is a large heatsink. Also from the photos of the switch and that heatsink photo, our guess is that the airflow is via a side exhaust on this switch.
Here is the spec of this switch. While there are sixteen 25GbE ports, the other port is a 10Gbase-T port that can do multi-gigabit, so you could have 2.5GbE as well.
We also found the QSS Management page for VLAN configuration buried in the documentation. This switch looks like it has a web GUI management as well. QNAP calls this a Layer 2 switch so there are some simple options here.
This is certainly unique and something different than what we normally see.
This seems to be a switch announcement where we have more questions than answers. What switch chip is QNAP using? QNAP says it is cheap, but we cannot find one listed for sale on Amazon or another large retailer. How would it compare to a used enterprise switch since a 48-port 25GbE with 4-6 100G ports are loud, but they’re also $3000.
Unfortunately, QNAP never has us test its switches, but we get lots of requests for them. Maybe we can get this one for a review.