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What is the difference between 1G and 2.5G switch?

July 5, 2024

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Should I use 2.5G or 1G Ethernet?




With the development of fiber Ethernet transmission technology and the complexity of application requirements such as

This has increasing requirements for transmission bandwidth, transmission rate and transmission scheme.
Conventional network transmission rates of 100M and 1000M are more common. 1000M is generally sufficient. However, as these application scenarios become more complicated, higher-speed and affordable solutions are urgently needed.
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Currently, there are 2.5G, 5G and 10G network rates on the market.
However, for 5G and 10G rates, the requirements for cables and application scenarios are more high-end, and are generally not suitable for home use.
The 2.5G solution is currently quite popular and the price is right.
In this article we will do a comparative analysis of conventional Ethernet switches.

A 2.5G network switch is an Ethernet switch that operates at 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is faster than traditional switches that operate at 1G.


Item 1G Switch 2.5G Switch
Compatible rate 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000/2500Mbps
Bandwidth Regular Higher
Required cable Cat5 and above CAT 5e and above
Cost Regular Higher but affordable
When choosing a 2.5G switch, please pay attention to
If the max speed is limited to 1Gb/s, then 2.5G switch cannot work at its best performance as it will be automatically working at 1000Mbps
If you have a requirement of higher speed in the future, it is ideal to introduce a 2.5G switch beforehand, enjoy the speed and save the trouble for replacement or upgrading
This is close to last point. Currently both 1G Ethernet Switch and 2.5G network switch are popular and affordable. If there is a potential need for scalability like 2.5G gaming machines or something, its better to choose 2.5G switches directly.
In general, 2.5G network ports can provide higher bandwidth and better performance than traditional Gigabit network ports to meet the rapidly growing needs of today's applications and devices.
You can choose one based on your specific requirements, device capabilities, budget, and network infrastructure to maximize its capabilities and benefits.
If you are not sure how to choose, please contact us and we will work out a plan for you.
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