Summary: I bought this switching hub just over a year ago and it's worked fine until now. However, it has started randomly glitching. All the lights stay on and it LOOKS like it's working, but it won't transfer data at all. Unplugging and re-plugging it fixes it for a while.
Cons: I've RMA'd 3 of these. I'm just about to go for my 4th. The problem has always been that one or more port does not work at Gigabit speeds. Plug the computer into a different port and it works fine -- go back to the bad port and you only get 100Mbps.
Cons: 1 egg because it fails at its only function, which is being a gigabit switch. I bought this 6/12/2006 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 correctly 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 different ports to get it to recognize 1Gbps. Even the netgear...
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.