The YuanLey YS25-0801 is another low-cost, fanless 2.5GbE switch. This new 8-port 2.5GbE and 1-port SFP+ 10GbE switch we purchased on Amazon for $69 and decided to give it a try. We have seen these 9-port or 8-port plus 1 switches become more popular recently. Originally we saw switches like the Sodola come into the market. Then we saw this YuanLey as well as the Davuaz switch as another offering based on the same chipset.
YuanLey YS25-0801 Overview
We featured this video in our September 2023 mini-round-up of fanless 2.5GbE switches that you can find here:
We have also added this switch to the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Buyer’s Guide where we have now listed 32 models and we already have several more switches tested, but not on that list. Bookmark that page to get the latest, we will like all of these reviews from that page. We also did a video of the previous-gen Realtek 8+1 switches that you can find here:
In our review, we are going to see what if anything is different.
YuanLey YS25-0801 Hardware Overview
On the front of the switch, one can see eight 2.5GbE ports and one SFP+ port along with a bright orange port number strip.
We get four 2.5GbE ports that can also run at 1GbE speeds.
There is a single SFP+ port for higher-speed devices. If you have a primary workstation, a NAS, or even just an uplink, this port will come in handy.
The switch itself is not much deeper than a SFP+ cage inside. We also get the same green QC sticker as the YuanLey 6-port model.
The rear has a DC power input and a grounding point.
On the bottom, we get a label. We also get mounting holes so one can use two screws to mount the switch to a desk, wall, or elsewhere. Frankly, Velcro is another viable option with a switch this small. The markings on the bottom tell us a bit about the switch, but there are no markings like UL certifications here.
Inside the switch, we can see the ports and a relatively simple 2-chip design.
Here is the YuanLey where we can clearly see the dual-chip Realtek heatsinks along with the compact PCB.
Here is the internal overview which again mirrors another switch we saw.
For some frame of reference on why we say that this is similar to the Davuaz Da-K9801W, here is the same view of the Davuaz.
While those are the same, they are not similar to the Sodola and earlier options we looked at that used a different PCB.
It looks like there was at least one iteration of the design, but in general, the designs are very similar.
Next, let us get to performance and power consumption.