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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

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. GS308-100PAS

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  • T. H.
  • 7/31/2015 3:08:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood Sturdy basic Gbit Switch

Pros: Metal case is a plus. It gives some physical weight and does not move around on the table easily. It is just a PnP device as far as
installation goes.

Cons: This is not a "con" For me it'd be better if all the connections
(LAN cable, power connector) were on one side.

Other Thoughts: Made a good decision to purchase this over little less expensive
ones with plastic enclosure.

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  • Jeremiah H.
  • 7/19/2015 8:05:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works well.

Cons: Doesn't have a power switch.

Other Thoughts: Sure would be nice to not have to unplug it when I need to turn it off.

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5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for Home/Small office

Pros: Price is excellent.
Footprint is small.
Color, it's grey but much darker that the picture depicts.
Looks great. Texture, this has a grip surface so it wont slip.
Perfect for calloused hands.

The beauty of unmanaged switch Just plug and go. Sometimes you don't want to flood your router with all that traffic.

Was able to handle the pc,laptop (torrents) , ipads, voip phone cisco xbox 360, xbox one, and router.

Data Transfers were smooth between PC's. No lag or stuttering from voip phone.

No bottle necks from this switch.

Cons: Very bright LED lights. You may want to cover with electrical tape

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a switch for small /home office look no further.

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5 out of 5 eggsA good, basic switch

Pros: Simple, unmanaged switches are commodity items. Deciding which to buy based on anything other than price comes down to how well smaller details are handled. Netgear does well with many points on the GS308 while missing a few others.

One area where the GS308 shines is support for 9K jumbo frames. Almost all modern network cards support jumbo frames. Enabling them for the entire data path is an easy way to improve overall throughput by 15-25%. That is noticeable when transferring large files. The majority of GigE switches in this price range do not support jumbo frames. Kudos to Netgear for including this.

Even when all eight ports are being hammered with data the GS308 remained cool. Even among supposedly "green" switches this is another area where many budget switches fall short.

The Kensington lock slot is a nice touch for use in a public area.

I brought the GS308 into the office to test overall throughput. It ran at nearly full GigE speed when up to 4 ports were active. Throughput dropped slightly, going down by 20% when all eight ports were fully saturated. This is good performance for any switch in this price range.

Cons: Netgear could have done better in two aspects with the GS308. Quality of Service (QoS) technology is not supported. [Note: QoS is short-hand for prioritizing certain packets over others. File transfers are fault-tolerant. If a packet drops due to congestion, it is resent. Transfer speed drops slightly, but no harm done. Drop a video packet, however, and playback stutters and lags. QoS in switches simply prioritizes timing-critical packets over standard traffic.] When the GS308 is running at maximum capacity, video streaming can be choppy. This behavior worsens the more ports are active at a time.

Ergonomics are a second fault for the GS308. The power wart is large, covering multiple outlets. As others mentioned previously the power input is on one side of the case while the RJ45 ports and LED status indicators are on the other. This consumes more desk space and. no matter how the switch is oriented, there will be an exposed cabling mess.

The cheaper, all-plastic Netgear GS208 switch is more desktop friendly. The status lights are on the front, power and Ethernet jacks on the back. Cables can be hidden away while still displaying the status lights. The GS308 appears confused about whether it should be a rackmount model with ports adjacent to the status indicators or a desktop switch. Either way, having the DC power input come in from the opposite side is silly.

Other Thoughts: The Netgear GS308 is a solid switch. If you simultaneously transfer data and stream video, you should opt for a switch offering QoS. Otherwise, enable jumbo frames on all your network adapters and enjoy the extra speed.

The best competition to the GS308 is the $10 less expensive Netgear GS208. You trade the metal shell of the GS308 for cheap plastic but gain reasonable desktop cable and status LED layout.

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5 out of 5 eggsNetgear Premium Quality

Pros: + LED Connection/Activity located on front side
+ Quality metal weighted case like rack mounted models
+ No need for crossover cables
+ Auto sensing length for power savings
+ Mounting pattern for wall mount
+ Power plug in back

Cons: - No On/Off switch (I know that is really picking)

Other Thoughts: A switch is a switch is a switch! So long as they work the end user is a happy camper. However in this particular model it has quality written all over it. The switch is basically a smaller version of the many rack mounted switches we use at work. I have use Netgear routers for the past 10+ years and the first one still works fine. Although I have upgraded to a Dual Band N. I have not had a problem with the brand or the equipment. This model is no exception. It is a plug and play switch with nice features, I have noticed no difference in transfer speed with this switch from my previous unit. I like the additional weight of the case and the LED location. I really can not find a fault with this switch. I am very pleased with the design and the performance and believe you will be too!

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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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