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Pros: At first unboxing, the switch is much heavier than its size would imply. This is thanks to the all metal construction that makes up every external surface. It is definitely not an item that "feels" cheap by any stretch, and it provides confidence that it's made to last and be reliable. In the last two months of testing, I can attest that its look and feel match up to its performance.
The GS316 is designed to be a simple to use, plug and play style device for people who need the available ports but don't want to or don't know how to configure a smart switch. To start I just powered down my loud and power hungry 48 port (yes, it is overkill) monster and put the Netgear in its place. After two years of hearing fan noise, I immediately thought something was wrong on power up because I didn't hear anything, just LED lights doing their dance. Ah, yes, the fanless design! I had forgotten how much I missed the silence. I assume the metal enclosure acts as a heat sink if it ever gets that toasty, but I LOVE not hearing anything coming from my closet now.
So 10 minutes swapping hardware and cables and I confirmed that everything on the network was back up and running. Plug and play is right.
Because most switching (and routing) equipment available to consumers run on the same handful of chips, there isn't much of a performance difference from one to the other. It handled all devices and traffic without issues or hiccups which is to be expected.
Like I mentioned at the top, I've been using the switch for about 2 months with heavy traffic and I have had zero complaints.
Cons: The only downside, and it is minor, is the wall wart power supply and wall mounting kit.
The power supply feels hollow and cheap. I'm sure the build quality is fine and they use less material for cost savings, but after feeling how awesomely made the actual switch it doesn't seem to be up to par. Again, it's very minor and you're not going to be interacting with it once it's plugged into the wall or probably even looking at it but still, I was a bit disappointed.
The included hardware for wall mounting is a solid plus! Except for the screws. I loathe products that come with cheap metal screws and unfortunately this is one of them. And sure enough, I started stripping the head on one when mounting in my network closet. It wasn't a big deal to go in the garage and find a replacement but if you're going to include the hardware, make sure it's up to the job at hand, otherwise you just waste metal.
Overall Review: Overall I am very happy with this switch. It's aimed directly at the home user who loves hardwired over wireless or the small/home office and it nails it. If you need the extra ethernet ports and you just need it to work without configuration, I think you'll be very happy too.
Pros: I love the fact that this include the hardware for being wall-mountable.
This has a high bandwidth for a small 16 port desktop switch- 32Gbps is great for this switch.
I love the fan-less design. This makes for a nice quiet switch and eliminates the fear of a fan breaking as dust builds up over time.
The enclosure is a nice metal that is great for dissipating heat.
The connector type is not your cheap plastic, but this is also metal.
I love how this switch adjusts for QoS to enhance the network on the fly without the need for drilling into the settings and playing with them to get them just right, this does it for you.
This switch takes the guess work out of needing crossover cables because this has the Auto-MDI/MDIX inside the switch. Again another plug and play feature.
This is a true plug and play switch that supports all of the latest IEEE standards. This is a must buy for a small office or a home that uses multiple connections that need speed and performance.
Great support - Netgear offers 24/7 technical support. Not that I have used this, but this is nice just in case you run into the need to reach out to them for support.
With all of the other options available that I was considering, I really like this switch as this is made of metal and not plastic. I have had some in the past that are plastic by other brands that simply just fail after a year. I know that Netgear is a tired and true brand and has some great products. I have yet to have a switch from Netgear go out on my. My first Netgear switch from 2000 is still running solid, so I know this one will last.
Overall Review: A bit confusing when you first look at the overview, because it shows this is covered by a 3 year warranty, but on the warranty and returns tab, this shows only 1 yr. When you get the product, you see on the box it shows 3 years.
Pros: Wall mounting was easy enough. I found vertical the best orientation.
Has run well without a hiccup (except see below) for about a month.
I'm it with all 16 ports full in a small business with: 1 server, 4 workstations, 4 IP phones, 1 NAS, 1 DVR, and 4 IP cameras. The last port goes to the router. Just plug them in and done.
The black is a nice touch?
Cons: My power adapter popped when I plugged it in, but luckily it uses the exact same 12V-1A adapter as a Netgear Prosafe 8-port I have laying around.
When I called to get a replacement, I couldn't because I don't have proof of purchase. It didn't matter the item was for review. That wasted 30 minutes, but it's true I didn't pay for this item so fair enough. It works with the spare I had.
The design is flawed. This switch is not rack-mountable, and does not claim to be (there aren't even screw holes if it came with the adapters). However! The reason large switches put the ports on the front instead of the back is for rack mounting. Especially in businesses, which this DOES claim to be designed for. Not a huge deal, but be aware if you were going to rack it you'll need a shelf.
What would make sense is to put all the indicator lights on the front and put all the ports and power on the back... if this were designed for laying on a desk. So basically this is designed to be wall mounted.
It does not include a simple screw hole template for wall mounting. It's easy to make template, but takes extra setup time when it could have been printed on the worthless install guide.
Overall Review: Pretty sure this is exactly the same as the "ProSafe" model for about 25% less money, but different color and no "lifetime warranty" (PSST... that ProSafe lifetime warranty doesn't cover the power adapter, which is the same power adapter packaged here.)
Pros: Flawless Execution without impediments.
Good build quality.
Easy to see and understand LED indicators to convey network speeds (helped me identify I had a bad cable)
Cons: I would have liked a wall mountable power supply brick rather than the fat blocking at-the-plugin brick with the cheap skinny consumer grade cord.
Overall Review: Been using this for nearly a month now. I can't find anything to suggest this doesn't work properly. I don't have 16 devices to load up on it, but I did have 5. For the most part I observed over time normal usage scenarios that were unremarkable in that everything worked as expected or simply that it gave the impression that there was no switch and that each device was directly connected to each other.
Recently I conducted an experiment where I attempted to load the device with all 5 machines each passing a very large file to each the other 4 machines. Astonishingly, I could find no evidence to suggest that any one machine was impeded by another such that it was locked or waiting on any other. Of course bandwidth was reduced by simply each sharing what was available at the time, but other than that, the test outcome was that it was nearly as unremarkable as normal every day use such that the awareness of the device was not prevalent to a misconception that each machine was directly connected to each machine in some capacity. To me, this is what a good switch should do.
If you have need for a good switch, regardless if you can fill it up, this is still a safe bet.
Pros: Auto Negotiation for highest speed between devices
Desktop / Wall mountable
Energy Efficient to save on cost
Less than 2lbs
Plug n Play
Auto-MDI/MDIX no need for crossover cables
Small foot print for desk
Cons: Fanless so carefull in you place in a closet or where no air flow.
Overall Review: Over all this switch been used to upgrade the 8 port I had on my desk, since I have a NAS plug into 2 ports, my PC using 2 2nd IP used for game servers. Secondary machine for CAD / 3D printing / CNC controls. Also is a great price for a simple switch.
Pros: I have owned a number of Netgear switches and routers over the years and I've always found them to be well built and reliable. The GS316 is a solidly built device. It's very compact for a 16 port switch, I have a couple of 24 port Trendnet switches which are twice as thick and twice as deep as this Netgear, i.e. 4X the size for only 1.5X the ports.
The important features of this switch are,
1) Non-blocking, full bandwidth. This is the most important feature for a switch, it means that the only limitation to the bandwidth on a connections is port conflicts.
2) Fanless, it's completely silent. The case is cool to the touch so the fanless design shouldn't compromise reliability.
3) 16K MAC addresses. The MAC address tables is used to determine the optimal way to route packets. If the switch has seen packets from a device before it remembers which port they came in on in the MAC address table. When a packet comes in the switch looks up the destination port in the MAC address table and then sends the packet to just that port, if it can't find the MAC address in the MAC address in the table it has to send the packet to all of the ports which is much less efficient. 16K is a huge table, it far exceeds the requirements of a SOHO application.
4) Jumbo frames. Jumbo frames are large Ethernet packets, standard Ethernet packets are 1.5K bytes, jumbo packets are 9K bytes. Jumbo frames are more effecient for large data transfers however they are seldom used so this feature, while nice to have, generally doesn't matter.
Cons: 1) Packet buffer size 768kb. This is enough room for 500 Ethernet packets so packet loss due to port conflicts shouldn't be big a problem however there are other 16 port switches in this price range with larger buffers.
2) No mention of 802.1Q VLAN support. This is a don't care for home use but it might matter in an office application. My guess is that the switch does support VLANs and that it's just an oversight that support isn't listed, but if you need VLANs I'd pick a switch that specifically mentions that they are supported.
Overall Review: About Me: I'm a Newegg EggXpert, we aren't paid for these reviews but we do get free review units. We also get early access to new devices which is fun. I'm an engineer who has been designing computers since the 1970s. I specialize in high performance computing.
Pros: High bandwidth 16 Port Switch
Easy to Setup
Easy to Understand (LEDs tell you speed on each port)
Can be wall mounted.
3 - Year Warranty
Cons: My only wish was that this model for having 16 ports that 1 or 2 would be POE ports (Power Over Ethernet). This use very handy to have and its too bad this product did not include it. Besides that the product is great.
Overall Review: Received the NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit switch for review.
For the unaware a switch is used to split up internet to many devices. (For example most home routers have 4 ports in the back) with this you can add a lot more Ethernet port capacity quickly. These are very common in commercial networking setups, its not uncommon to see 1-5 of these in small businesses that have a lot of high tech needs (doctor offices for example.
The GS316 switch came well packaged and undamaged. Setting it up is very easy, just plug the switch into the router and extra devices into the switch. Plug and play very easy. Each port has easy to under stand Green LEDs. 1 Green light of left means you have 100 Mbps active, both left and right Green LED on equals full 1000 Mbps connection.
The back of the unit has 2 Plus sign holes. These are used to wall mount the device, its very handy and makes cable management much easier. Tested at home with 6 PCs, 2 Printers, and 2 Powerline adapters all being plugged in at once, with no issues.
The product works well, and has no defects. The only weak spot would be it lacks POE (power over Ethernet) capability on this model. Having just a port or two with this added feature would be a great extra. Though that is just my wish, not worth taking an EGG off a great product.
If you have a large small office at home, or your business demands more Ethernet ports then your router can handle this is a great product. Very easy to setup.
>Relatively inexpensive for a 16-port Gigabit switch
>Mounting hardware included
Cons: >No mounting template in the box or online
>No rack mount options
Overall Review: To start off, I usually recommend Netgear switches to friends and family when they have need of a new switch. This one is a good price for the money, BUT I am going to nitpick because I have come to expect more.
To start off, having such a slim switch is nice, and most consumers or "pro-sumers" will be hard pressed to full saturate this switch, either in terms of port usage or in total available bandwidth. I can't think of any reason why a home would need more than 16 ports, most barely need 8 ports. Right now, I'm using mine to hook up all my IoT and robotics projects on my workbench. It replaced an old 24-port megabit switch - there is a noticeable decrease in update times now that they can access the internet through a gigabit switch. The included mounting hardware was perfect to mount it underneath my workbench.
However, I have a couple issues with it. Nothing that is a dealbreaker, per say, but definitely oversights. The biggest issue I have with it is that there is no mountain template. Not in the box, and not on Netgear's website. You are on your own and will need to make one yourself. What could be a simple 5-minute install with the inclusion of a simple PDF file is really 30 minutes of measuring and re-measuring, followed by 5 minutes with the drill and screw driver. Seriously Netgear, just whip up a 1:1 scale PDF file of the CAD file for the case bottom, and you're golden. You don't even need to print it out, just let your customers download it if they need it.
My other issue is that the PSU is an external one. You know, one of those obnoxious 'always the wrong size if its not the original PSU' barrel plug things? No really reason for that. I happily would have paid another $10-20 more for this same switch if it used an internal PSU with a standard C13 plug. The megabit switch this replaced had an internal PSU, why can't this?
My final nitpick is that there is no rack mounting option. No, this wasn't a listed feature, but once you get up to 16-port size switches, it should be an option. They're the same width as 24-port switches which have the option to rack mounted via bracket, so why not here as well?
All that said, Netgear continues to rain supreme with hardline networking in my book. If you have need of a 16-port gigabit switch, this is probably the best one you're going to find for the money. I'm just being picky.