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NETGEAR GS208 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition

  • 8 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 4K MAC Address Table
  • 192K Buffer Memory
  • Unmanaged
  • Plug-n-Play
  • Energy efficient

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NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Switch (GS208)

The NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Switch is an ideal switch for your home network. It automatically connects to your router or modem using any port. With its stylish case, quiet operation and plug-and-play setup, it is a perfect upgrade to any home network.


Expanding Wired Connectivity for SOHO Networks

  • Gigabit connectivity
  • Power savings with energy-efficient technology
  • No need for crossover cables with auto-MDI/MDIX
  • Maximum throughput at wire speed with non-blocking switching architecture
  • Auto-negotiation for automatic connection at the highest common speed between switch and an end device
  • Fan-less design for quiet operation


Choose the switch that is right for you

FEATURES FS205 GS205 GS208 GS308
10/100Mbps PORTS 5   8  
10/100/1000Mbps PORTS   5   8
MEMORY BUFFER 384 Kbits 1024 Kbits 1536 Kbits 1536 Kbits
  Width x Depth x Height 110 x 71 x 26 mm 114 x 86 x 26 mm 152 x 93 x 26 mm 158 x 102 x 26 mm
  Weight 0.1Kg 0.12Kg 0.19Kg 0.4Kg
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0 - 40° C 0 - 40° C 0 - 40° C 0 - 40° C


Technical Specifications

  • Forwarding Mode: Store-and-forward
  • Bandwidth: 1Gbps (non-blocking)
  • Forwarding rate - 100 Mbps port: 148,000 pps
  • Network Latency - 100 to 100 Mbps: 12μs (max)
  • Memory Buffer: 1024kbits
  • MAC Address Table size: 2,000
  • Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF): 533,000 hours (~ 60 years)
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet compliance
  • Status LEDs
    - System power
    - Link and activity indicators per port


Learn more about the Netgear Inc. GS208-100PAS

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Netgear Inc. GS208-100PAS

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  • Anne P.
  • 11/4/2015 12:38:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect!

Pros: This amazing switch does what it says and is great for LAN parties with the peeps!

Cons: none

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  • Matthew H.
  • 7/22/2015 2:28:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood while it lasted

Pros: Worked fine for 5 months. Purchased on deal for $20.

Cons: The switch seemed to work fine for about 5 months, then suddenly not. I recently used it to wire all connections through powerline and direct wire, it worked great for a couple of hours then suddenly I was getting ~1MB/s download speeds on my main computer. I disconnected and connected directly to the router, instantly had full connection speed 250-300 MB/s. I reconnected the computer to the switch, removed the powerline connection and still had the same issue. The speeds improved somewhat, 11 MB/s, then returned to 1 MB/s on the second test. I may have been the source of the problem but I don't see how and the switch is certainly useless for my purposes now. Going to try another brand's switch and if I run into the same problem I will be fairly certain it's some mistake on my part. I run other netgear equipment and haven't run into any issues. Hopefully they won't develop.

Other Thoughts: If it does turn out to be an issue of the switch being overloaded, I would knock it down to one egg since it should be able to handle the load based on specs. I currently only have two pc's running and two powerline adapters with none of the connected components powered on. Definitely don't think I should be getting such little connectivity through it.

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  • Brian D.
  • 3/10/2015 7:02:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice switches

Pros: Small and compact 8 port switch. Very nice speed between my devices

Cons: Plastic and white

Other Thoughts: I normally work with the rack mount cisco or netgear equipment but I needed gigabit in a location where I couldn't get a rack mount installed. This was perfect. I bought them on sale and haven't looked back.

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  • Jeffrey A.
  • 3/2/2015 8:56:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work

Pros: none

Cons: I plugged this into my home router and expected it to work as advertised (plug-and-play) didn't work. I got online and saw that this switch doesn't work with some routers?

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  • Citibank
  • 2/23/2015 9:04:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine- just what I needed

Pros: Small, lightweight. Works.

Cons: doesn't distinguish between 100 and 1000, white color. Not a big deal for the price.

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  • R R.
  • 1/24/2015 10:54:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product that get me up to speed

Pros: As will all switches, easy setup and use.
Got internet speed bumped up to 150Mbps and needed to replace my 10/100 switch. Put this in and we're flying now.

Cons: None, doing what it needs to do.
Cord design could be a pain depending on your setup because of how it faces, but that's true for everything. Was perfect for me.

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid Switch

Pros: Cheap.
Aesthetically pleasing.
Didn't die after a month.

Cons: Could use better status LEDs.

Other Thoughts: Still working well after a couple months.
Perfect switch for home/SOHO applications.
Was able to get file transfers consistently over 100MB/s.

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4 out of 5 eggsNice little switch for home or small business

Pros: Small footprint, low power consumption, stylish white case, auto-uplink, decent-sized wall wart, good transfer speeds, 8 gigabit ports, great price point.

Cons: Status LEDs are almost worthless. Would have been nice to see a port up/speed LED, and a separate LED for traffic that flashed faster for more data transfer. Very light, easily falls off where you place it due to it's lack of weight when multiple cables are plugged in (you need to think of your wire management with this switch).

Other Thoughts: I'm using this on my workbench where I previously had a 10/100 switch. I'm able to pull files down from our server rack at the rated gigabit speed (I saturate the uplink port) to multiple machines when doing new setups. This is a great little switch, and with the addition of velcro it will no longer slide away and fall behind my workbench.

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  • tim s.
  • 11/28/2014 9:08:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeriously???

Pros: Price, 10/100/1000, ports on back not front.

Cons: The color of the box it came in was very disappointing: purple and orange! The case should really be 3mm wider than it is. It didn't come with pretty decals, a clock, or even a compass on it.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for two reasons: primarily to ridicule the other reviewers that b!tc# about the color and/or "feel" of the thing - how a$inine! The other reason is because at this price, it's a fantastic backup to have laying around if it's ever needed.

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5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid

Pros: I'm a little late with my review, but that gave me additional time to put this through its paces.

The switch was well packaged and requires no setup other than being plugged into the wall and connected to the network. Speaking of the power cable, the end comes off perpendicular to the surge protector, so you don't have to block outlets when you plug this in. This is something I really like.

All 8 ports are autoswitching so you can use any network cable you might have laying around.

I tested it in two scenarios. First was as my main switch directly between my FIOS router and my LAN. There were no changes in network speed. I write large files (> 1GB) to my unRAID server on a daily basis. Transfer speeds have always been 90 - 95MB/s. Swapping out an old 3COM switch with the new GS208 and there was no change in speed.

Scenerio number 2 was using the switch as a secondary device upstairs in my office. In this test, the switch was connected to the wall and then I plugged in my devices to that switch. Once again, transfer speeds were unchanged.

This device can definitely perform as advertised.

Cons: I would have preferred that the status LEDs change color based on link speed. Most switches use orange for 100Mbps and green for 1000Mbps. The GS208 does not. It's always a quick, easy way to verify transfer speeds.

I'm also not a fan of white networking gear, but that's a person preference. I don't think either of these cons justify deduction of an egg.

Other Thoughts: For the price, this is a great device. Small, compact, easy to install and just as quick as devices twice its price. There are a few things I would change, but nothing that would keep me from buying another one if needed.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this switch to my smaller clients.

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