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Netgear GS608
6.9 out of 10

Netgear GS608

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Reviews and Problems with Netgear GS608

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Overall 4
4.0

Worked OK, not so much any more.

Brad Oliver, Amazon
23 July 2013
  • Summary: I bought this switch back in 2009, and checking underneath I see now that it was the "v2" version. It has worked OK but within the past several months, it has a tendency to dramatically slow down. Using speedtest.net as a gauge, my connection, when bad, will drop from ~150Mbit/s to 2Mbit/s.
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Overall 4
4.0

Failed after 3 years

Yun Lin, Amazon
23 August 2012
  • Summary: I bought this in April of 2009, at the time I was happy with the performance. I haven't been regularly monitoring its performance. Nov of 2011 I noticed that a wireless access point connected to this switch was having performance issue, but I chalked it to the wireless switch.
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Overall 4
4.0

unreliable

Anne L., Newegg
27 June 2011
  • Summary: My 5-port version (GS605 v2) is also unreliable, but less so.
  • Pros: Worked for a while, maybe a year? Maybe that's all you can expect at this price?
  • Cons: Some PCs would seem to be connected (link light) but couldn't reliably get a DHCP address or pass data. Others couldn't negotiate a gigabit connection (amber LED instead of green). Plug it into a different port and it'd go green -- but it wasn't always the same port. When the uplink port to my ma...
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Overall 4
4.0

Unreliable

Charlie D., Newegg
5 January 2011
  • Summary: It took a while to diagnose the problem. At first I thought it was a failed NIC, but the problem persisted through different cards. Then I thought it might be a computer issue, but almost every computer attached to the switch was having connectivity issues.
  • Pros: Aesthetically pleasing white case design (in my opinion). I prefer the ports in the rear of the unit myself, as opposed to the rackmountable Netgear units that have the ports in the front.
  • Cons: Very unreliable. I bought two of these for my (rather complex) home network, and both have been the cause for network connectivity issues. After about a year for each unit, the network ports wouldn't connect at GigE speeds anymore, and would transfer at most 500kB/sec even when the negotiated lin...
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Overall 4
4.0

Random network issues after a couple of years

Jared C., Newegg
19 June 2010
  • Summary: I'd recommend looking elsewhere for an 8 port GigE switch. Your switch (or maybe your network card) is the last thing you think is broken when you start having networking issues. This piece of hardware seems to have a history of breaking.
  • Pros: -modestly priced
  • Cons: -runs very hot -after a few years it started generating random network errors
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Overall 4
4.0

There are better switches out there

Christopher S., Newegg
27 March 2010
  • Summary: I'd pass on this one. There are better, lower power switches out there. Next switch will be a managed one so I can better see what's going on
  • Pros: Nice little switch, easy to see LEDs and
  • Cons: Runs a bit on the warm side. My Kill-a-watt rated it as 20W, so don't plan on stacking anything on top of it. After about a year and a half of usage, started seeing wierd network issues, random ports dropping to 100mbit or not connecting at all. Switch reboot would solve the problem for about 2-3...
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Overall 4
4.0

Seriously degrades network speed

Bob, Staples
21 March 2010
  • Excerpt: Seriously degrades network speed. Put this switch between PC and router and watch your speed drop and drop again when you add another device. Technical support put me on hold for 20 minutes and eventually disconnected.
  • Cons: Slow
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Overall 4
4.0

not great

Vincent G., Newegg
9 March 2010
  • Summary: Funny thing is, if I plug this into the GS108 using the same ports, it goes up to gig speed and stays there. So netgear<->netgear is OK, it was just this device -> everything else wasn't.
  • Pros: has a nice pretty white case
  • Cons: Devices would randomly fall back from gig speed to 100/full for no reason. Replaced with GS108, and now all devices are at gig speed with no hiccups whatsoever.
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Overall 4
4.0

Buy the GS108 instead

John L., Newegg
2 December 2009
  • Summary: Bought one of each GS608 and GS108 to take advantage of rebates (1 per model at that time). GS108 still working well and has a lifetime warranty. Saved a few bucks initially but now I have to pay for a replacement.
  • Pros: Worked great out of the box. Does what it says.
  • Cons: Quality is not great. Worked well for 2 1/2 years before capacitor problem showed up (kept resetting).
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Overall 4
4.0

Worked until...

Matthew H., Newegg
21 September 2009
  • Summary: Keep in mind it may not last that far beyond the warranty.
  • Pros: Worked fine for 3 years
  • Cons: Stoped working after warranty period.
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