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Pros: This is a basically a Netgear GS108 but with a 1 year warranty instead of a lifetime warranty.
I have both models and they are nearly identical. Same transfer rates, size, power cable, everything except the color.
I achieved sustained transfer rates of 85MB/s with bursts up to 125MB/s (1Gb/s) with single cable transfers.
The switch had no problem supporting "teaming" two gigabit NICs where they act together. I currently have two servers both teamed into it (4 cables) and they exchange files at double the above speeds.
Very solid and sturdy feel. Wall-mountable. Big rubber feet.
Cons: Some may say a con is the 1 year warranty, but with it being the same as the "Business-Class" model and already cheaper, I'd rather replace this someday than pay more up front and go through a warranty process. (Ain't nobody got time for that.)
That being said, this "ethernet in front, power in back" idea is designed for wall or rack mount in mind.
Ideally the cables should plug in the back with only lights on the front for non-business or home use so it can sit on a desk cleanly. This is a suggestion for future models, but not worth taking away a star.
Overall Review: Decide if going through warranty process and paying more up front is worth the "lifetime warranty" of the Netgear GS108.
I don't think I've ever had to RMA a Netgear switch. They're very reliable and I expect this one to be as well.
Pros: * Solid feeling all metal casing with mounting holes that you can use to stick this on a pair of screws sticking out of your wall. For some, this doesn’t really matter, but to those who utilize this mounting method, it’s a much appreciated feature.
* The LED lights located by each Ethernet port are very bright and visible. I almost don’t need to turn on a light at night to see where I’m going with this thing present. They display green in color when connected and the active port(s) blink when transferring data. The link speed and input output connections are automatically detected.
* Over a weeks’ time it seemed stable and transferred data reliably with no random disconnects or pauses. I had no problems with it in working with my Linksys and Trendnet routers using Windows 7 64bit. It’s as plug and play as they come.
* This switch uses standard energy saving methods that detect cable length and link status to adjust power usage accordingly. It only became lukewarm during heavy usage and relies on passive radiation instead of using a fan for cooling. I hate fans.
* This switch has a nice buffer size for heavy home use of 1536 Kbits (192KB). The larger the buffer the more data the switch can manage. Memory per port is important because you need enough buffer to allow a smooth transfer of data when you have more traffic destined to a port in a burst of time than that port can send out in its link within that time. For example, when sending out 2 1Gb/s bursts down a 1Gb/s port for 100ms, you need enough buffer to hold 200ms worth of data, or something’s going to get dropped and in practice, drops are very bad for performance.
* The power cord is a nice six feet long. The switch itself is a dark matt grey in color with the word Netgear proudly embossed on it in. Netgear is a very well-known company in the PC hardware manufacturing business and I’ve found them to have good customer support in the past.
Cons: * This switch only has a limited 1 year parts and labor warranty. I would like to have seen a 3 or 5 year manufacturer’s warranty instead. Some switches even have a lifetime guarantee.
Overall Review: BENCHMARKS:
I used a program called AIDA32 that has a built in network bench mark utility. You install it onto two PC’s and it sends data from one to the other and measures how fast it can do it. All cables are CAT 7 Ethernet cables and both PCs are Windows 7 64-bit. I first measured the speed of data transfer directly through my Linksys EA6900 gigabit router to use as a base. I then benchmarked this Netgear GS308 switch and compared it to tests from two other switches. These are the results:
Router (Base Speed):
Min- 58,978 KB/s
Max- 92,810 KB/s
Avg- 74,549 KB/s
*Netgear GS308 (Test Switch)
Min- 60,015 KB/s
Max- 80,869 KB/s
Avg- 71,758 KB/s
D-Link GO-SW-8G switch:
Min- 56,741 KB/s
Max- 90,104 KB/s
Avg- 67,140 KB/s
TP-Link TL-SG105 switch:
Min- 60,851 KB/s
Max- 79,689 KB/s
Avg- 69,943 KB/s
As you can see, throughput speeds were all pretty close to each other. The Netgear switch edged out ahead by a hair. This isn’t something you would ever notice in real world usage but numbers are numbers.
Considering the number of pros versus cons I was able to find, I definitely have to recommend this switch as consideration for purchase. There are less expensive switches available but the price differences are not very significant when talking about equipment that all costs less than $50.
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.
Overall Review: 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.
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
Overall Review: If you are looking for a switch for small /home office look no further.
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.
Overall Review: 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.
Pros: >metal body
>plug 'n play
>weight of product is actually from switching components
Cons: >power adapter feels cheap
Overall Review: 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.
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.
Overall Review: 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.
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.
Overall Review: 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.