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NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Unmanged Plus Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108E)
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5 out of 5 eggs Amazing switch for the size and price 08/23/2013

This review is from: NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Unmanged Plus Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108E)

Pros: Fabulous eight-port desktop unit with killer L2 features if you have a need for the.

Purchased this because a SG100D-08 developed a case of infant senility in a most vexing fashion and had to be RMAed. This Netgear totally crushes the bigger-name zero-feature device it replaced and offers 20-40 microsecond better ping-thru latency (100ish vs 140ish).

Cons: None in my mind.

Other Thoughts: A web interface would be nice, but the Netgear management app is clearly *much* more secure than any HTTP approach could ever be. Beat mercilessly on the unit with 'nmap' 6 (including an all-UDP-port scan) and it gave up nothing beyone one ICMP echo. Don't ever expect to see a CVE for this device.

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Cisco Small Business 100 Series SG100D-08-NA Unmanaged 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Switch
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Pros: works ok if the unit is not flawed

Cons: Purchased two of these and one failed in a most vexing and time consuming fashion. The switch periodically ceased forwarding traffic to the devices attached to it, though it continued to forward broadcast and multicast traffic. Completely seized all traffic for attached devices. Recovered after a power cycle. Took a day of Wiresharking to reproduce and capture the behavior, and persuade Cisco to issue an RMA. Originally feared a firmware bug that would affect both units.

Purchased a GS108E to cover for the RMA unit and found it tremendously better for the same cost. Same size speed and fanless operation, but with excellent features including VLAN, QOS, IGMP snooping, port mirroring, port statistics. Linux ping shows forwarding latency for the alternate somewhere around 20-40 microseconds faster than the 150 microseconds exhibited by the Cisco.

Other Thoughts: As I have often found, Cisco trades more on brand than quality and features. They've been riding for 20 years on the early success of their enterprise IOS management firmware and the "can't get fired for buying Cisco" mindset found at many corporations.

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Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model KVR400X64C3A/1G
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Pros: Kingston RAM is usually great. If this DIMM was acceptable the to device I'm sure it would work perfectly.

Cons: Does not work in Cisco ASA5505 with 8.4(3) firmware, though in theory it should.

Other Thoughts: FYI everyone, Kingston/Crucial/Etc RAM is not a sure bet for Cisco ASAs as they often change silicon manufacturers. I picked up this 1G Kingston DIMM that has Elpida chips and it doesn't work. Likewise with Micron chips (Crucial). The ASA BIOS recognized the Micron chips but the tailored Linux kernel Cisco uses for the ASA5505 8.4(3) image only has Infineon/Qimonda identifiers coded and rejects anything else. An Infineon HYS64D128320HU-5-B ($20) DIMM will definitely work. That's something like $200 cheaper than the Cisco part.

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Date Joined: 02/03/07

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  • First Review: 10/20/07
  • Last Review: 08/23/13
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