Not too long ago I purchased a Zyxel GS1910-24HP for my home network. It suited my requirements well (12-24 ports, PoE, Gigabit, Rack-mountable and manageable). Unfortunately once I got it powered up I noticed how loud it was. Even though it sits in a small rack in my loft, it was still too loud. The Zyxel website has an FAQ article which states the noise could range from 28dB to 48dB!
Thankfully the GS1910 comes with some fairly standard fans, my model shipped with two 3-pin SUNON 80mm fans (model number KDE1205PHV3). Replacing these turned out to be fairly straightforward and in my case resulted in only a marginal increase in temperature. Before replacement, temperatures were as follows:
Temperature (°C) Current Threshold Status MAC Temperature 32 85 Normal Board Temperature 30 85 Normal PHY Temperature 28 85 Normal FAN Speed (RPM) Current Threshold Status FAN1 8640 500 Normal FAN2 5040 500 Normal
After shopping around I settled on two Fractal Design Silent Series R2 40mm Case Fan as reasonable noise to airflow compromise. The one thing the original SUNON fans had going for them was their CFM, 13CFM compared to just 4.5CFM on the Fractal fan’s.
To replace simply open the case by removing what feels like an endless amount of screws and unscrew the two 80mm fans. The connector is a standard 3-pin making replacement straightforward. One thing I found is that the fans get mounted in reverse, meaning it can be difficult to drive the screws into them, so be careful not to damage the heads of the screws.
Once replaced, racked and left to run for an hour or two in similar conditions the new temperatures are as follows:
Temperature (°C) Current Threshold Status MAC Temperature 38 85 Normal Board Temperature 35 85 Normal PHY Temperature 35 85 Normal FAN Speed (RPM) Current Threshold Status FAN1 4740 500 Normal FAN2 2580 500 Normal
Given the high thresholds, I’m not too concerned though it’s something I’ll keep an eye on through the summer.