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Categories > Switches > Netgear Inc. > Netgear ProSAFE GSS116E-100NAS 16-Port Gigabit Click Switch

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Solid "smart" switch, nice form factor, highly flexible mounting options
Pros: This switch provides a wide variety of mounting options. The "click" in the model name refers to how the switch snaps into the provided bracket. This bracket can be attached to a wall or table with screws, or to a table leg or shelf post with velcro straps, also included.

There are two ways to attach the switch to the bracket. If you position the switch with the ethernet ports facing you, the bracket will snap to either the bottom panel or to the rear panel. However, the bracket is wider than the rear panel, so both sides of the bracket are visible in this orientation. It's more elegant to attach the bracket to the bottom panel of the switch, with the ports running parallel to the mounting surface.

The internal power supply means there is a normal sized power cord with no wall transformer. The power cord can be be attached to the switch in one of two orientations, either with the power cord in the same direction as the ethernet cables, or perpendicular to the ethernet cables (i.e. down if the switch is mounted vertically)

For those who have only worked with unmanaged switches, "smart" switches like this one occupy a middle ground between unmanaged and fully managed switches. A fully managed switch provides a command-line interface for scripting, and SNMP to allow central management of multiple switches. These "smart" switches typically provide a browser-based interface and a subset of the features of the fully managed switches, including QoS, VLANs, link aggregation, port mirroring, link status monitoring and basic cable testing.

Of these, QoS is arguably the most important, allowing you to prioritize VOIP or interactive video over lower priority traffic like file transfers. This switch supports a basic port-based priority, where you can elevate the priority of some ports over others, or 802.1p-based priority, where the priority level is specified within the packet itself.

I appreciated that Netgear enabled the DHCP client out of the box. Usually a new network device arrives with a static IP address which means I have to connect it to a standalone computer on the same subnet just to enable DHCP. In this case I only had to look at the DHCP server log to find the assigned address and point my web browser at that address.

If my reading of the warranty is correct, this switch has a lifetime warranty with next business day replacement included. Wow.

I experienced no problems over 7 days using this for all my home network traffic, including 3 days of continuous ping with no packets lost.
Cons: For the purposes of this review I attempted to use the supplied "ProSafe Plus Utility" to manage the switch. The software always insisted "No switch exists in the local area network!" even when my computer was plugged directly into the switch. This is no big deal to me, as I would rather use the browser interface anyway.

At this price point I would like to see PoE (power over ethernet) as an option.

The documentation is not as good as I've seen in competing products, consisting mainly of step-by-step instructions for using the ProSafe Plus Utility or the browser interface, without much detail regarding feature implementations. For example, it tells you how to enable or disable QoS, but it does not tell you how this switch implements priority for 802.1p-based QoS. Comapre this to the documentation for the TP-Link TL-SG108E, which specifies exactly how the 8 priority levels are mapped into 4 queues and then prioritized with weights 8:4:2:1.

Three really minor nits: 1) I would prefer if the LEDs for 10/100 and 1000 Mbps were different colors, so the network speed was obvious at a glance. 2) The instructions say if you wall-mount the bracket that you must screw into a stud, but the supplied screws are only 5/8" long. 3) As is often the case, it would be nice if the the software and documentation were edited for grammar, e.g. "The running of ProSafe Plus Utility should base on WinPcap and Adobe AIR."
Other Thoughts: Power consumption averaged 7.56W over 164 hours. The specification is 8.36W maximum.

At 80 degrees F ambient temperature, the metal case top is 96 degF over the power supply and 105 degF over the center of the ethernet ports.

The default password is "password", so even if you have no interest in the mangement features, you should at least figure out what IP address it grabbed from your DHCP server, point your browser at it, and change that password.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/27/2015 3:38:31 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Switches > TP-LINK > TP-LINK JetStream TL-SG3216 Managed 16-Port Gigabit L2 Lite Managed Switch

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5
Pros: Great switch and does all I need it to do.
Cons: None so far
Reviewed By:N/A,7/27/2015 9:47:38 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
This user purchased this item from Newegg

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Categories > Switches > TP-LINK > TP-LINK TL-SG108 Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great Switch
Pros: Straight forward, very easy plug and play switch. Great speeds. Great looks.
Cons: None
Other Thoughts: Need a simple switch?... get this!
Reviewed By:N/A,7/27/2015 7:50:52 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
This user purchased this item from Newegg

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Categories > Switches > Netgear Inc. > Netgear GS108-400NAS ProSAFE GS108 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Works great!
Pros: The construction of this switch is great, the housing is a sturdy powder coated metal and the ports have a positive feel to them. This switch requires zero setup, just plug in your devices and go. The switch performs as described and has been trouble free in 24/7 service. This switch also does not have a fan or any other active cooling in it, so no noise. This will work well in a home theater install as well as an office.
Cons: No cons i can think of for this switch.
Other Thoughts: Its small, compact, reliable and quiet. thats about all there is to say about it.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/25/2015 10:08:03 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
This user purchased this item from Newegg

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Categories > Switches > Netgear Inc. > NETGEAR 8 Port 10/100 w/ 4 Ports PoE Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (FS108P)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Good stuff
Pros: I'm running 4 POE IP Cameras from this switch with no issues. Solid build, informative lights and simple to use. You can mount this switch on a wall using the included screws.

I've been using Netgear hardware for many years and have never had a failure.
Cons: Nothing comes to mind.
Other Thoughts: It's 10/100, not really a con but these days you'd expect gb performance.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/25/2015 7:08:17 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Switches > TP-LINK > TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 short lifespan
Pros: nice power supply and rigid construction
Cons: unreliable for me
Other Thoughts: I used this switch to network 4 hikvision IP cameras, it lasted 13 days. POE is still working but no network connectivity. port lights flash on power up but not when Ethernet connections are made. For what it cost it's not worth the investment in time to deal with customer service. live and learn.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/25/2015 6:09:34 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Switches > TP-LINK > TP-LINK TL-SG1024D 10/100/1000Mbps Unmanaged 24-Port Gigabit Desktop/rackmountable Switch, Metal case, Power-Saving

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Switch Corrupts Data
Pros: Appears to work out of the box.
Cons: This switch corrupts data, so it doesn't actually work. Superficially, it seems ok, however it corrupts fragmented IP packets. Network connections where packets become fragmented quietly hang.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/24/2015 11:26:42 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Switches > D-Link > D-Link 8-Port EasySmart Gigabit PoE Ethernet Switch - Lifetime Warranty (DGS-1100-08P)

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Randomly Resets to Defaults
Pros: Works well when not used as a PoE switch.
Cons: This unit resets when used as a PoE switch, and doesn't simply reboot, but rather resets itself to factory defaults. I purchased this for use in a desktop test network with multiple vLANs and PoE devices. If even a single PoE telephone is connected, the switch will reboot and lose its configuration within a few hours. I returned one for an exchange, and will be returning the second, with the same symptoms, for a refund.
Other Thoughts: Purchased from wholesale distributor, not Newegg.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/23/2015 9:24:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Switches > TP-LINK > TP-LINK TL-SG1016DE 16-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch , 16 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Poor LAGG support
Pros: This is a managed switch, yes, has some basic features like VLAN support and the cable testing is cool..
Cons: The link aggregation does not seem to be up to IEEE 802.3ad specification. My server with 4 ports in a trunk gets 96% packet loss, and a fraction of the bandwidth to my NAS (Maybe 5MB/s). WebUI seems poorly translated from another language. Had to return because i really needed working LAGG and something I can really rely on.
Other Thoughts: Much better off with a used HP Procurve.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/23/2015 5:54:21 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Switches > TP-LINK > TP-LINK TL-SG1008D 10/100/1000Mbps Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Power-Saving

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 awesome switch
Pros: Absolutely simple to setup. increased my router ports from 4 to 12 in 30 seconds. plug in switch power; remove one rj45 cord from router and plug into switch; plug in a rj45 cord from empty router port to an empty port on switch and you are in business. way to simple.
Cons: none
Reviewed By:grinch439,7/23/2015 1:15:23 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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