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NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition

  • 8 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 4K MAC Address Table
  • 192KB Buffer Memory
  • Unmanaged
  • High-performance metal case
  • Plug-n-Play
  • Power on/off button
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NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Switch (GS308)

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 Ethernet 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. GS308-100PAS

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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5 out of 5 eggsReliable Performer!

Pros: *Absolutely Zero Down Time!!
*Consistent performance across the entire network
*Energy Saving Features
*Solid Tough Construction
*Ease of setup

Cons: *Price perhaps... You could probably spend half and get the same performance. It is just a switch after all.

Other Thoughts: I've integrated this switch in place of my Buffalo AirExtreme 1750, relegating it to strictly wireless duties. I game on Xbox Live quite regularly and never once experienced a dropped connection or lag. While streaming videos or music from my home server, that performance was solid as well. However, I did notice a slight drop in LAN data file transfer speed for some reason but nothing significant. Perhaps 2.5Mbps tops, perhaps due to auto sensing? Other than that it's been absolutely solid. Highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid product, as advertised

Pros: First, as silly as this sounds, the biggest pro of this device is the all metal frame. Why? It adds weight. Thus, solving the problem of lightweight devices with several cords hanging off threatening to the pull the device off whatever plane it was residing upon. Kudos, well done, thank you. That said, it's still a standard budget designed metal frame -- there just isn't a lot of need to innovate there. They could if they wanted to, but they know no one is going to pay the premium for that. It just isn't the manufacturer's target audience.

As for the other features, including power saving tech (which will barely translate into any measurable value over it's useful life -- we're talking about a difference of 4-5W in a non-energy conscious product versus 1.5-3W here), they are all thoughtful. It's gigabit tech and sufficient memory buffer/address table size to be meet your needs. Many devices simply lack this depth and performance eventually degrades over time as a result. With this device, I've been using it over two months and seen no appreciable or measurable decrease in effectiveness during that time. In short, it just works, which is nice. You'll get what you paid for.

This is a solid product, thoughtfully considered. The aesthetic is even intended to blend in being gray versus white plastic or traditional navy blue.

Cons: So, the only real con is that the plug for the power adapter is on the rear of the device, and when attached, sticks out the requisite few centimeters making flush mounting at the rear impossible while all the other cords plug into the front. I get it's intended for desktop use. I also noticed the holes for screw mounting on the bottom of the frame. I just don't know who is going to plug 8 devices into the front with 8 cables laying around on the desk and think to themselves it's very elegant, especially if the power supply is then located in the rear. It's not that this is a big con, it just seems like a glaring oversight for both form and function.

Aside from that issue, price is the other negative factor. It's a really solid product that performs very well. I'm not sure it commands a list price of about $45 and a sale price of about $35. It's about a $10 premium on the competition.

Because of those two factors, I just couldn't give this a full 5 eggs. That said, if it's between this and something cheaper, you're probably best served coughing up the extra $10 dollars.

If they wanted to really sell me, make the warranty 3 or 5 years and suddenly the extra $10 seems more palatable over the standard 1 year fare.

Other Thoughts: I have to be completely honest. Networking hardware is hardly an exciting thing. It's purpose is to "just work" and, if possible, remain hidden, tucked away, and unseen. This accomplishes both well. It also wouldn't look terrible on a desktop as the name indicates it was intended for.

Four eggs out of five due to the cons noted.

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5 out of 5 eggsClass Act

Pros: Eight ethernet ports – and they all work! As a home user, I didn't subject this to much of a stress test, but other reviewers haven't noticed any performance problems.

Solidly built, attractive metal housing. You could drive a car over this.

Energy and space efficient power supply – takes only one space on a power strip.

Kensington security slot on back.

Cons: Power plug on opposite side of ethernet ports will be awkward in some installations.

For such a utilitarian device, the main question is usually How long will it last? One month in, I've no idea, but the manufacturer’s modest one-year warranty doesn't inspire confidence.

Contrary to product description, there's no "power on/off button" on this device.

Other Thoughts: Who would want to pay the premium price for this switch? Someone who cares about appearance. It's been awhile since I've stopped to admire the craftsmanship of a piece of computer hardware, but this little box is a pleasure to look at, right down to the elegant label printing. And the metal box w/powder coat finish will likely be looking sharp for a long while. With the Kensington slot, I could see this being used in schools, libraries – anywhere the switch is visible and/or used by the public.

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4 out of 5 eggsVery solid switch

Pros: Metal Housing
Full wire speed
Wall mount points
Energy savings
Very visible LED's

Cons: short-ish power cable. Other than that nothing really.

Other Thoughts: This switch is the best quality 8 port unmanaged switch that you can ask for. There simply aren't any features lacking in this model. Durable housing, power savings, and enough power to run all 8 ports at full speed at the same time.

I plugged in my power usage meter to see if the power savings were for real. It supposedly will use less power if it detects a shorter network cable connecting it to another device. While this is indeed true, in my testing the difference between a 3 ft cable and a 100 ft cable was just fractions of a watt. Yes, it is true power savings, but it's really negligible. If this switch costs $10 more than a non power saving model with equivalent features, I'm not sure you'll ever get a return on the difference.

What I did notice however is that it is very efficient. Sitting idle with nothing connected it was drawing about 1.5 watts. Connecting 3 laptops and started some file copies increased the draw to a whopping 2.5 watts IF they were all connected to the same set of 4 ports. If you look at the switch, you'll notice it's divided up into two sets of 4 ports. It seems the switch will power up the whole set of four ports if any one of them are in use. So if you only have 4 cables connected to the switch, make sure they are all on the same set for maximum power savings. The same 3 laptops connected to ports on both modules increased the power draw to about 3.5 watts.

No matter how you look at it, the switch does it job while using very little power. In comparison, I had a 5 port gigabit switch from linksys/cisco and it draws about 4.5 to 5 watts under a similar load. If you're concerned with saving as much power as possible, this switch is a good option. Just don't' expect it to be enough to notice a difference in your electricity bill.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. I expect it to last a long time, and it's heavy enough so that it sits flat on the desk even with a bunch of cables plugged into it. The MSRP is a bit higher than some switches, but you get what you pay for. Anything more expensive than this switch is not going to give you the same value.

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4 out of 5 eggsgreat switch, just works

Pros: Works out of the box
Very heavily built
Runs cool, has no fan
Getting great speeds pushing as much ftp, sftp, and nfs traffic accross the switch as I could generate

Cons: Only real con is that it doesn't seem like this switch has lights that show if a certain port is only running at 100mbps. I had a bad cable at the start of this, and it took me a while to find it because the ports don't show you the speed. In most environments, this won't be a problem, just a bit annoying in my instance.

Other Thoughts: We buy lots of 8-48 port unmanaged switches at work, and I'll have to start giving netgear a more serious look in the future. Do they have unmanaged 10 gbps switches yet???

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5 out of 5 eggsWorks well!

Pros: It does it's intended purpose as a switch well without issue. It has a premium weight and feel to it, which is also nice.

It also runs very cool temperature-wise, and doesn't seem to negatively affect network bandwidth at all. There are little air vents on the side to help with cooling too.

And should you want to open it up to verify the state of it's internal components, it's relatively easy to do so.

There is also a Kensington Security Slot on the back of the switch, should you want to use it.

Overall, it's a great switch!

Cons: Due to the ease of opening the switch up, in order to bypass the Kensington Security Slot, all someone would have to do in-theory is remove the two screws holding the back cover on, slide the cover off, and take off with the switch. May be something to consider if you have people after your network switches :p

Other Thoughts: The internal components are relatively simple. The main chip is a Broadcom BCM53128KQLEG, and it has no heatsink. With network usage though, this chip doesn't run hot to begin with, which is surprising and great.

Should someone want to get in-depth information about the chip, the complete readout is:
UN1340 P20
324030 3 W

As for network bandwidth, there was virtually no difference between computers being connected directly to my router (Linksys EA6700) vs. connecting them through the switch. In both test scenarios (using iPerf), the network bandwidth was close to 1 Gbps as-expected, and file transferring performed slightly above 1 Gbps without a hitch as usual though the switch through Cat5e cables.

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5 out of 5 eggsNETGEAR GS308-100PAS Unmanaged Switch

Pros: The Netgear GS308-100PAS is a simple to install (Plug-n-Play connectivity) unmanaged switch. Cables (RJ45) connect securely. The case of the color is dark metallic gray and made of metal. It is energy efficient with a relatively small power draw wattage, <4W, and dissipates heat via several cooling slots, without the need for a fan. There are mounting slots available for wall mounting.

Supports multiple protocols, jumbo frames, 4K MAC Address Table, 1536 kbits/192kbytes memory buffer. There are 8 ports and in my configuration, 7 ports are in use. Transfers were very reliable, no issues copying large files or streaming HD media. Reliability is key requirement in a switch, and not something that one wishes to spend time trouble shooting. In about 3 weeks from medium to heavy use, and it did not have any trouble.

Cons: The warranty is 1 year, the minimum for electronics. It is not a high cost item and fail infrequently, the MTBF is 386,500 hours (44 years), but it would be added value if a longer warranty was included by default.

Other Thoughts: The ports and power connection being on opposite sides is not as aesthetically appealing as could be, but it is a minor style criticism on something that is normally hidden.

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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: >metal body
>plug 'n play
>low power
>weight of product is actually from switching components

Cons: >power adapter feels cheap

Other Thoughts: There is not too much to say about this switch. It is a very solid, 8-port switch. It is advertised as a "small business" switch. It really is more of a high-level "home" switch, or a home business class device.
This switch has a noticeable heft to it. Opening it up, you see that the weight is from the components themselves. I've had cheaper switches, where the feel heavy, but opening them up reveals a bar steel just slapped in there. Between the quality components and the metal case, you have a switch that should last you quite a while. The power adapter may be another story.

The plastic on the power adapter feels cheap. It is also the smallest possible that could be safely used with this device. The switch lists 12v, 1A as it's power draw, which is exactly what this adapter will allow through. Should you feel like it - or should the adapter fail - you can swap in any adapter that fits, and offers 12v, and 1A or more of available current. Just don't try to use one that offers less than 1A, or anything other than 12v - that would be a fire hazard.

All in all, a solid switch, but for $50, I expect a better power adapter.

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Pros: Nice sturdy metal case with adequate ventilation holes and no internal fan

Has eight auto-negotiating Gigabit ports

Supports Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Green Ethernet protocols

1536 Kbit buffer on this model

Supports up to 4000 MAC addresses

Full 1 amp power supply to handle port load

Has both a power on LED for the unit, and an activity LED on each port

Runs cool and quiet to the touch, even with all ports active

Uses under 4 watts of power with all ports active

Ability to adjust for cable length between devices to maintain peak transfer rates

Wall mountable (see cons)

Cons: Not really a true con, as most Gigabit Ethernet switches I use are also this way, but I wish they would put the power input on the same side as the ports. This makes it easier and neater looking for wall mounting.

Price for the NETGEAR GS-308 is a little higher than some comparable models from other manufacturers with similar specs.

Warranty on the GS-308 is only one year. Other comparable switches, such as my TP Link, have a five year warranty. This is something NETGEAR needs to remedy to be competitive.

Other Thoughts: Modern day auto-negotiating Gigabit switches are pretty much all made for the same reason, though not all with the same specs. If you use a lot of Gigabit Ethernet devices, as I do, then you will want a Gigabit switch to handle the load, and you will want one with as large a buffer as possible. You will also want a switch capable of sustaining the fastest transfer speeds over a given cable length.

I found over my few days of testing, after swapping in this NETGEAR switch to replace my trusty TP Link TL-SG108, that performance difference between the two was negligible, though the TP Link tends to use under 3 watts of power under full operational load, and has a full 2Mb buffer. I sustained no transfer speed loss between devices using the NetGear switch during my period of testing and monitoring data transfers.

With a lot of “green” Gigabit Ethernet switches having similar specs, it’s up to the individual user to determine what is best for their needs. Personally, it makes no sense for anyone to buy a switch that isn’t Gigabit capable since most Gigabit switches are backward compatible. You have to carefully evaluate each one and purchase on the basis of company reputation, ease of installation, and tech support. While the NETGEAR GS-308 switch has admirable traits and functioned well in my limited testing, the price factor and less than desirable one year warranty would lead me to recommend switches from a couple of other manufacturers over it. I would still give the NETGEAR GS-308 a solid 5 Egg rating as it did work well and would list it as one I would consider if I had to replace my current switches.

As a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer, I am neither paid by NewEgg nor NETGEAR to review their products. I am provided with an evaluation sample to use then sound off on my experiences with the product.

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4 out of 5 eggsJust what was needed.

Pros: It's an 8 port unmanaged switch. It's one of those devices in life that either work or don't work. That being said I will try my best to describe it's functionality.

Using this switch I was able to replace two four port switches (one of which is my AP, so now I can move my AP to a better location) and consolidate space. Performance is what you would expect from a dumb switch with it's speed rating.

I was able to simultaneously stream HD video, play games, perform backups, and run RDP sessions across my network without slow downs. All my virtual machines are happy and talking at full bandwidth.

Metal construction just feels right, though makes no difference unless in an environment with heavy EM fields.

Cons: The power adapter is cheaply made. The one for the older FE models are much better in terms of build quality. Even the four port consumer model I replaced with this had a better adapter, sadly they have different power requirements so I couldn't use it.

I would NOT rely on the power adapter.

They advertising for this switch is odd in my opinion. It talks about auto-negotiation and any port being used as an up-link port as features. These "features" have been standard on all mainstream products for many years and makes me wonder who they are trying to sell too. Either an IT admin will expect these features standard or the secretary will have no idea what they are and not care.

Other Thoughts: Though I do appreciate Netgear opening and testing the switch before sending it for review (and including their letter), it does make me question their acceptable defect rate.

It does not give me a vote of confidence that they felt their QA during manufacturing may not stand up to reviewers.

Still a really good switch.

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