Summary: I wasn't sure which switch to buy - this one or one of two other Netgear products. So I called Netgear: on their web site they brag about 24/7 support. Here's how it went: 1. I told the person what products I was comparing. They transferred me to somebody else. The connection was so bad I had to call back. 2. Second call. I told the person what products I was comparing. They transferred me to somebody else.
Purchased Two of these, both failed after two years..and out of warrentee.
P. Lang, Amazon
19 March 2009
Summary: I purchased two of these 8 port switches, and two of the 5 port switches. For some reason the two 8 ports switches have failed in two years, both with same issues, freezing and hanging. Which is temporarily fixed by cycling the power. The two 5 port switches are still working. I had all the ports in use on both of the 8 ports switches...so maybe that had something to do with it. Needless to say, I had to replace them with D-Link 8 port switches..
Excerpt: Inexpensive. It worked nicely for a single year. It began freezing up, and random reboots. I believed I just had negative luck with this unit. But following reading critiques here, I'm not the only a single. In reality, it is a prevalent difficulty with the unit. My WGR614 has started showing similar symptoms. Don't buy Netgear, and you already know its tech help is useless.
Two of these have silently failed at 14 to 18 months
23 April 2013
Summary: I bought this product because I have used Netgear hubs since the 90s. No more. Two of these, one a replacement for the other, subtly failed. Speed to peripherals across the switch slowed by a factor of ten to fifty: packets were lost. The troublesopoting to narrow the problem to the switch took a couple of weeks. Did not attempt warranty replacement. Shall never buy another.
Excerpt: Looks nice 1 egg because it fails at its only function, which is becoming a gigabit switch. I bought this 6ቨ㏆ from Newegg along with a Netgear figabit card for my older computer which didn't have a gigabit port. The router worked fine for a month or so and then wouldn't negotiate speeds appropriately soon after that. I would plug in a gigabit device and it would detect it as 100Mbps. I had to power cycle the switch and try unique ports to get it to recognize 1Gbps.
Excerpt: Low cost - particularly with rebate Switch would not reliably establish gigabit links to devices. It would arbitrarily connect a link at only100mb alternatively of gigabit. I have a equivalent GS605 switch that has worked fantastic for various years so this was a main disappointment. Right after five days of aggravation with the GS608, I RMA'd it and returned it to Newegg for a refund.
Excerpt: It's "pretty."It seems to be nicely constructed. Extremely finicky about gigabit speedsRebate process is impossible It is incredibly tough to get any device to negotiate a gigabit connection to this switch. I've plugged three various computers in to it with 4 different pieces of Cat 5E and none of them perform. The only way I've been able to get it to connect at gigabit speeds is by connecting it directly to another switch (a Netgear GS116.
Excerpt: worked out of the box Netgear telephone help insists the warranty is only 1 year even although the box and warranty paper obviously state two years. I purchased two of these. In the period of 18 months, each of these units developed terrible ports that did not function at all and 1 had an further port that only works at 100M rather of 1000M. The GS6* series of switches from Netgear are junk. I have had GS1* series switches in the previous that never failed.