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Featured TRENDnet Introduces 2.5 GbE and 5 GbE USB-C 3.1 Adapters

Discussion in 'Switches, NICs and cabling' started by Julio Urquidi, May 14, 2019.

  1. Julio Urquidi

    Julio Urquidi News Editor

    Apr 12, 2016
    TRENDnet’s two new multi-gigabit USB-C 3.1 adapters are the TUC-ET2G and TUC-ET5G, each supporting up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps, respectively.

    The new low-profile adapters don’t require any external power, connecting customers’ computers to faster networks via an integrated 4.9 inch USB-C 3.1 cable, and are compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. Other notes about the TUC-ET2G and TUC-ET5G include they support 802.1p (CoS) and 802.1Q (VLAN) and are compatible with Cat5e or better cabling.

    The TRENDnet TUC-ET2G USB-C 3.1 to 2.5GBASE-T Ethernet Adapter is available now for $59.99 MSRP, while the TUC-ET5G USB-C 3.1 to 5GBASE-T Ethernet Adapter will be available in early June for $124.99.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
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  2. Razor512

    Razor512 Senior Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    That is really expensive when you consider the pricing of currently available 10GbE adapters such as the ASUS XG-C100C 10G, which is already insanely overpriced.

    Making something use USB-C should not increase the price that much, especially since we have USB-C multi-card readers that sell for well under $20. (different tech but it shows that there is no weird license fee or other junk)

    Seems Trendnet also makes a 10GbE adapter for $115.
  3. TheLostSwede

    TheLostSwede Regular Contributor

    Dec 5, 2014
    I'm guessing they're using different chipsets. Realtek in the 2.5Gbps one and Aquantia in the 5Gbps one, hence the massive price difference.
    The design of the 5Gbps adapter is horrible, why not make the housing slightly bigger, unless they somehow are using the RJ45 housing as a heat dissipator.
    These don't need a bridge chip though, unlike QNAP's QNA-T310G1T which is a PCIe chip connected to a Thunderbolt bridge. Still, those are "only" $189.99 in comparison.
    Right now, Trendnet doesn't have any real competition as well, so I guess they're trying to cash in on that.
    Club3D announced some 2.5Gbps USB adapters (USB-A and USB-C), which is on sale for £39.98 (£4 less for the USB-A version) in the UK, i.e. similar money - https://www.scan.co.uk/products/clu...to-rj45-ethernet-25gbps-bandwidth-usb-powered