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NETGEAR 16 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS116)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Jonathan I.
  • 2/2/2014 3:56:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNetgear GS116

Pros: Great switch! Used on my home network and at lan parties without problems. Has a nice metal case instead of plastic.

Cons: Power supply started making some squealing noise and finally failed after 6 years of being on 24/7/264. Runs a bit hot sometimes.

Other Thoughts: Power supply doesn't appear to be covered by the lifetime warranty, fortunately I found an equivalent one laying around.

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  • Adam S.
  • 1/11/2014 1:38:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst gigabit switch ever

Pros: It stands up to the job for a set amount of time.

Cons: This switch is TERRIBLE. I've cashed in on the "lifetime warranty" at least 4 times at home and 3 times at work. Links randomly renegotiate down to 100mbps after it has been on so long, sometimes you'll get the random endless reboot cycle from the switch, sometimes you'll just get rampant packet loss. There are components inside these switches that fail and cause them to need to be replaced AT LEAST once per year. I got fed up with this routine at work and replaced our GS116s with a proper Cisco SG200 series switch and have only had one random "cold boot" that we so far have attributed to a small fluctuation in power. Otherwise the thing runs for multiple years

Other Thoughts: Don't bother with this junk unless you like being without a switch once a year while you wait for a new one in the mail. It is not worth the shipping.

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  • Anthony C.
  • 11/16/2013 9:10:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Switch!

Pros: Been up and running since March, no issues to report!

Cons: None

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  • Soren S.
  • 9/13/2013 3:06:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Unmanaged Switch on the Market

Pros: This is the best unmanaged switch on the market.

Cons: None.

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  • David S.
  • 8/26/2013 4:39:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Product

Pros: Good performance for the price range.

Zero noise.

Compact design.

Lifetime Warranty.

Cons: Doesn't support 802.1ax but I knew that when I bought it.

Not managed, but wouldn't expect a managed switch in this price range.

Other Thoughts: Picked it up with a MIR so it came out under $100 in the end.

Replaced two D-Link Green 8 port switches I was having concerns over.

Has been running for about two months now in a home setting. Used for Inet, Media Sharing, NAS access, etc. About two dozen devices trading traffic around about 2-4TB per month without issues. No reboots needed yet.

I would recommend Netgear switches for home/small office setups. Have several of them now that have replaced D-Link and Linksys products that I used to have running everything around the house.

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  • David L.
  • 7/26/2013 1:12:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat switch

Pros: Great switch for the price!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: 14 ports full & been running 24/7 since it was installed in May 2013.

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  • Robert K.
  • 7/25/2013 8:43:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot Reliable

Pros: Nice Metal Case, Fanless, Compact design

Cons: Locks up way too often, Throughput between my Freenas Box and a windows 8 machine goes from approximately 70Mbps down to 1Mbps about once every two weeks. A power cycle is then needed to get the switch functioning again.

Other Thoughts: I'm also very dissapointed with Netgear's support via their website. It seems like they want to make it as difficult as possible to open up a support case. They make you fill out way too much information & then you're supposed to receive a password via email which never comes. I'm now unable to open a support case because I have no password and when I do a password reset it tells me email address not found. I just purchased one of TP Links Gig switches I'm hoping for better luck.

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  • Daniel F.
  • 3/15/2013 10:24:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsFailing GS116 - Keeping them alive

Pros: Provides basic connectivity of 16 1Gbit devices for the budget conscious.

Cons: Power plug seems to be the culprit with failing devices. Problems with the power supply can lead to erratic behavior of the device, overheating and premature failure.

Other Thoughts: If you happen to have a good device, switch the power supply (wall plug) to another, better plug that produces stable 12V/1.5A.

If your device is not working properly you can remove its circuit board inside, remove the heat sink from it and heat the board up with a hot air gun for a couple of minutes on each side. Reassemble the unit and use a quality power supply.
This technique has shown to revive those switches if no permanent hardware damage occurred.

Good luck!

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  • Joe M.
  • 3/2/2013 1:08:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Switch with Superb Warranty

Pros: GS116 worked fine for 5 years. It recently got so it would only at 100mbps and lower. I contacted Netgear Tech Support and they arranged for a free warranty replacement in a few minutes. Lifetime Warranty.. I like that.

Cons: It did partially fail after 5 years of use but devices DO fail occasionally. With a great warranty, a little inconvenience, but no worries.

Other Thoughts: It is a non-managed switch.. Just plug it in, connect your cables and it works. Runs cool, no fans.

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  • Samer M.
  • 1/8/2013 12:32:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHaven't had any trouble as of yet

Pros: I have had this for about 10 months now.
No trouble
never had to reboot it (ok, once I did as part of troubleshooting an issue that ended up being something else).

Cons: I do have a weird high pitch sound coming from mine.. Not bad enough that I think it should be replaced, but it is there.

Other Thoughts: I bought this one when I moved out of my buddy's house who had the same one on his setup. His is still running to this day... about 3 years and I expect worry-free trouble from mine for the years to come.

This is being used in a home network environment.

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