Do your homework and make sure it will work in your environment
D. Stein, Amazon
14 October 2014
Summary: For years I've been a big fan of Netgear's ProSafe switches of the "dumb" variety. Cheap, simple, reliable, built like a tank, etc. So I thought I would give one of their smart switches a try. Well it certainly has the build quality I'm used to, but unfortunately this switch just isn't going to work in my environment.
Summary: Received the switch earlier this week and spent last night setting it up. Noticed shortly thereafter that the switch was running pretty hot and contacted Netgear for support. They confirmed that there was an issue with it, but wanted to charge me for an Advance RMA. Certainly not what I expected for what was marketed as a "business class" device. How many businesses do you know that can afford to take down their network for two to three weeks to process a replacement?
Excerpt: The manual indicates you must configure your rounter so the unit uses IP# 192.168.0.x; this is an unexpected constraint. I did this to set it up, then switched back to my normal settings. The result is the management software does not work at all; it seems that it will only work as intended if the IP# is what they specify. This makes no sense and is far too limiting. I finally realize I don't really need to manage the switch; I just need a fast switch.
Summary: I ordered a switch.. Took it out of the pristine looking packaging and heard a clank when i picked it up. It powered up, but shut itself off. I investigated more and the heatsink was floating in the metal case. I was annoyed, but amazon had a replacement out in short order. Unfortunately the replacement arrived in the same condition. I realize that a little heat sink grease/adhesive would fix it up, but at this point I'm going to try my luck with another product.
A bunch of features you'll never need & missing features you'll wish you had.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu "xbmrx", Amazon
10 January 2008
Summary: 1. No SSL or SSH support. Clear text authentication only to the device... SUCKS 2. Sure it states support for 802.1Q, however there is NO TRUNKING support. You'll literally need to uplink directly to each VLAN in order to Route. USELESS 3. Support is horrendous. I contacted tier 1 w/ my question & they had no idea what I was talking about. They referred me to Tier 2 which is PPI!
NETGEAR ProSafe GS108 - Very Unreliable with capacitors just wating to fail
23 December 2008
Excerpt: I have two of these 8-port gigabit switch that I use in my research. I use it to connect 4 old AMD athlon servers that I use for ridiculously long simulations. The other I use to connect two powerful servers to the university LAN so I can access data from it. All computers are running in a Linux platform. I am pretty disappointed with this product. I have two of these Netgear GS 108 Prosafe 8 Port Gigabit Switch.