Vimin VM-S250402 Management
This is an unmanaged switch. We could not find a management interface. For a switch in this price range, perhaps that is exactly what folks want. Still, this unit does have the optional VLAN port isolation switch.
Vimin VM-S250402 Performance
In terms of performance, this seems to be a decent, but not top-tier performer.
Again, for a sub $70 switch this is not bad but it is also far from a stellar performer.
Vimin VM-S250402 Power Consumption
Power adapters are always an interesting point. This comes with a few markings but we do not see things like UL markings. The other point is that this is a 12V 1.5A adapter, not the 12V 1A adapter we see on other units.
At idle, we got around 1.6W just like the YuanLey.
With a single 2.5GbE port plugged in, we added 0.7W for 2.3W total.
We used a 10Gbase-T SFP+ pluggable to add a good amount of power consumption in a SFP+ port and we got 3.0W for 1.4W over our baseline also similar to the YuanLey.
As with the other units, we powered this via a PoE splitter. While this costs more to implement and is not built-in, it is another option for those looking to deploy these switches given how low power they are.
This was one of the more fun switches to review. It had a not-well-labeled VLAN port isolation switch. It also had issues with DACs due to a design flaw around the SFP+ ports.
On the other hand, this is often the cheapest 4-port 2.5GbE and 2-port SFP+ 10GbE switch on the market. The YuanLey is probably better with that thermal pad between the PCB and the chassis on the bottom, but that sometimes costs more. If you are planning to use cheap optics and get a good price, this can be a good option.
If you are looking for this Vimin switch to have similar documentation and quality to a Cisco or Arista switch, then you are probably thinking about this with the wrong frame of mind. This is one of the switches that is on the race to the bottom on pricing. As an industry, we need that to happen to help 2.5GbE adoption. This is not a perfect switch by any means, but we wanted to include it since we know our readers might see it.
Where to Buy
We purchased our unit on Amazon. Here is the affiliate link for this model.
Ultimate Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Buyer’s Guide
You may have seen that we published the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Buyer’s Guide. Here is the video for that one where this switch appeared.
We decided to do the round-up first and will be filling in with reviews that we had not published at that point, including this one. We are trying to keep everything in a single resource for folks there.