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This small device can balance your LAN with a much faster cable connection

This small device can balance your LAN with a much faster cable connection
This small device can balance your LAN with a much faster cable connection

Asustor (a subsidiary of Asus that focuses on network products) has introduced a new widget to provide faster Ethernet connectivity to your desktop or laptop. That’s not a sexy name, but in the right environment, the new Asustor AS-U2.5G adapter might be fast. This small device can balance your LAN with a much faster cable connection

As the name suggests, it is a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet controller. Most modern computers are equipped with one or two 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports (or GbE LAN ports, as they are often called). In terms of theoretical bandwidth, AS-U2.5G is 2.5 times faster.

There will also be some overhead losses. Without this, 2.5 gigabytes (Gb) is equal to 312.5 megabytes (MB), while 1 Gb is equal to 125 MB. In terms of real performance, the Asustor test shows read and write speeds of 283MB / s and 256MB / s, respectively.

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The device itself is quite cheap – $ 35.99 on Amazon. It’s also easy to set up and use – it’s easy to connect to a USB 3.2 Gen1 type C connector (or type A with an adapter) and doesn’t require special software, works with a variety of operating systems and supports the standard Cat 5e cable. In short, this increases your host device from 1 GbE to 2.5 GbE and does it with minimal effort.

That is, not every situation will be beneficial. The ideal scenario is if you have a 2.5G NAS connected to the network. In this case, you can make a direct connection. Otherwise you might want to buy two of them – one for your computer and one for your NAS device – and maybe a 2.5G switch if you need a faster cable connection for more than one device.

Asustor is not the only company that offers such products. However, it is still pleasant to see that there

are more options for faster Ethernet connectivity without relying on PCI Express. Soruce