Netgear GS205-100UKS 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Switch £9.88 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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1 Like #1
Note this model supports "jumbo frames" at 9kB - might be worth playing with the network cards' config to improve transfer bandwidth.
#2
Good spot op.
You can never have too many 1 gig switches.
#3
does anybody have any experience with this product? I'd like to hardwire my consoles but only have one connection in the room. Have been looking for a good quality 5 (or 8) port for a while. Looked at this before alongside the TP-link metal cased ones. Any advice? Heat for the price, cheers!
#5

That one is only 100 Mbps but this is 1000Mbps :)
1 Like #6
oooz1991
does anybody have any experience with this product? I'd like to hardwire my consoles but only have one connection in the room. Have been looking for a good quality 5 (or 8) port for a while. Looked at this before alongside the TP-link metal cased ones. Any advice? Heat for the price, cheers!

I had two GS208's (plastic). Both failed after 14 months. Capacitor problem - bulging/leaking.

Problem manifested itself with poor network performance (buffering on movies etc), which gradually got worse.

Took ages to diagnose, as I thought Netgear was a good brand, I didn't suspect the switch could be at fault.

Replaced recently with the TP Link (metal), which was around the same price. No problems in two months of use.

NB. My problem was with the 8 port version of this, the 5 may not be affected.

Edited By: dawg on Jul 22, 2014 08:46
#7

The 'F' (in FS205) is for Fast Ethernet - 100mb/s.

The 'G' (in GS205) is for Gigabit - 1000mb/s
#8


dawg

The 'F' (in FS205) is for Fast Ethernet - 100mb/s.

The 'G' (in GS205) is for Gigabit - 1000mb/s

I see, thank you. I dont know much about networking.. Why do we need up to 1000 Mbps, when fibre optics goes only up to 80 Mbps? Sorry for dumbquestions... ;)
#9
dawg
oooz1991
does anybody have any experience with this product? I'd like to hardwire my consoles but only have one connection in the room. Have been looking for a good quality 5 (or 8) port for a while. Looked at this before alongside the TP-link metal cased ones. Any advice? Heat for the price, cheers!

I had two GS208's (plastic). Both failed after 14 months. Capacitor problem - bulging/leaking.

Problem manifested itself with poor network performance (buffering on movies etc), which gradually got worse.

Took ages to diagnose, as I thought Netgear was a good brand, I didn't suspect the switch could be at fault.

Replaced recently with the TP Link (metal), which was around the same price. No problems in two months of use.

NB. My problem was with the 8 port version of this, the 5 may not be affected.
I've seen reviews stating the exact same problem. Guess I'll avoid it, thank you! I've been looking at TP and also TrendNet. I just want something affordable but reliable due to the amount of online gaming I do. Thanks a lot
#10
I bought this on Monday for £15 >_< Curses!
2 Likes #11
Exoid

I see, thank you. I dont know much about networking.. Why do we need up to 1000 Mbps, when fibre optics goes only up to 80 Mbps? Sorry for dumbquestions... ;)

These are not just used for routing internet, but also routing traffic in a localised network, LAN speeds are capable of transferring data at speeds up to 1000Mbps, so when you're streaming something from a LAN drive or copying stuff from one computer to a connected device (a LAN hard drive or server), you could theoretically see these speeds of transfer depending on your NIC capability (Network Interface Card).
2 Likes #12
Not an expert, but in response to "Why do we need up to 1000 Mbps, when fibre optics goes only up to 80 Mbps?" I gather that its because it's not JUST internet data thats important. Yu can communicate between devices e.g. transfer files between drives at a high rate, which can occur at much faster rates than what your internet provides to those same devices.

/layman

Exoid


dawg

The 'F' (in FS205) is for Fast Ethernet - 100mb/s.

The 'G' (in GS205) is for Gigabit - 1000mb/s

I see, thank you. I dont know much about networking.. Why do we need up to 1000 Mbps, when fibre optics goes only up to 80 Mbps? Sorry for dumbquestions... ;)
#13
Cheers. I have been running out of ports for some time and kept thinking that I needed to buy one of these.

I take it no-one has had issues running this off the back of a Superhub 2?
#14
I have two cascaded GS608 v3 and other than a PSU dying a few months in they have been rock solid for years. Unlike some of the things connected to them... Might be worth paying the extra?
#15
oooz1991
dawg
oooz1991
does anybody have any experience with this product? I'd like to hardwire my consoles but only have one connection in the room. Have been looking for a good quality 5 (or 8) port for a while. Looked at this before alongside the TP-link metal cased ones. Any advice? Heat for the price, cheers!

I had two GS208's (plastic). Both failed after 14 months. Capacitor problem - bulging/leaking.

Problem manifested itself with poor network performance (buffering on movies etc), which gradually got worse.

Took ages to diagnose, as I thought Netgear was a good brand, I didn't suspect the switch could be at fault.

Replaced recently with the TP Link (metal), which was around the same price. No problems in two months of use.

NB. My problem was with the 8 port version of this, the 5 may not be affected.
I've seen reviews stating the exact same problem. Guess I'll avoid it, thank you! I've been looking at TP and also TrendNet. I just want something affordable but reliable due to the amount of online gaming I do. Thanks a lot

Was just about to buy one until I saw this. I had this issue with one of their routers years ago where a capacitor had exploded and was informed it was a common issue. I would have expected better than this from Netgear. I have been using cheap TP-Link gigabit switches for over a year now and they have not had one hickup! Still im voting this thread hot because the price is very good if your lucky and dont have an explosion (_;)
#16
dawg
I had two GS208's (plastic). Both failed after 14 months. Capacitor problem - bulging/leaking.


Problem manifested itself with poor network performance (buffering on movies etc), which gradually got worse.

Took ages to diagnose, as I thought Netgear was a good brand, I didn't suspect the switch could be at fault.

Replaced recently with the TP Link (metal), which was around the same price. No problems in two months of use.

NB. My problem was with the 8 port version of this, the 5 may not be affected.

Interesting comment from dawg! I have a plastic 5 port TP-Link Gigabit switch (TL-SG1005D) and recently had been suffering slow internet speeds (12mb/s instead of usual 56mb/s). Was faffing around resetting router etc and noticed that switching the TP-Link on and off fixed the problem (and had to do it again about a week later). Found it odd as it had replaced a 100mb/s metal netgear switch that had run 24/7 for years with no problems. Wonder if it's the plastic variants that are not as good as the metal types? Might have to get a new metal one!
(still voted hot, great price!)

Edited By: bluespider on Jul 22, 2014 10:09
#17
do i need a gigabit router to achieve 1000mbps? thanks
#18
dawg
oooz1991
does anybody have any experience with this product? I'd like to hardwire my consoles but only have one connection in the room. Have been looking for a good quality 5 (or 8) port for a while. Looked at this before alongside the TP-link metal cased ones. Any advice? Heat for the price, cheers!

I had two GS208's (plastic). Both failed after 14 months. Capacitor problem - bulging/leaking.

Problem manifested itself with poor network performance (buffering on movies etc), which gradually got worse.

Took ages to diagnose, as I thought Netgear was a good brand, I didn't suspect the switch could be at fault.

Replaced recently with the TP Link (metal), which was around the same price. No problems in two months of use.

NB. My problem was with the 8 port version of this, the 5 may not be affected.
Thanks was going to purchase thing but I don’t think I will would rather splash out on one that will last.
I have a 100mbps one don’t think it is even a famous brand but so far it has lasted 8 years !! And it is still going strong every 6 months you do have to reset the thing though.
#19
You need to add £3.99 postage to the price too... unless you have Prime.
#20
frontel
do i need a gigabit router to achieve 1000mbps? thanks


Yes
#21
drnkbeer
Exoid

I see, thank you. I dont know much about networking.. Why do we need up to 1000 Mbps, when fibre optics goes only up to 80 Mbps? Sorry for dumbquestions... ;)

These are not just used for routing internet, but also routing traffic in a localised network, LAN speeds are capable of transferring data at speeds up to 1000Mbps, so when you're streaming something from a LAN drive or copying stuff from one computer to a connected device (a LAN hard drive or server), you could theoretically see these speeds of transfer depending on your NIC capability (Network Interface Card).

[quote=moonkeh]Not an expert, but in response to "Why do we need up to 1000 Mbps, when fibre optics goes only up to 80 Mbps?" I gather that its because it's not JUST internet data thats important. Yu can communicate between devices e.g. transfer files between drives at a high rate, which can occur at much faster rates than what your internet provides to those same devices.

/layman

Thank you for clear reply. Now it seems obvious :) That means i need an 1000Mbps... Cheers
#22
My existing adsl router has 1gb port and the rest 100mb
Would linking one of these to that port speed up ky internal network?
Im finding transfering files around the internal network painfully slow currently
#23
Please note, I've ordered 1 of these before. Even though it's being sold through Amazon.co.uk, when it arrived, it had a European plug.
#24
Exoid

Thank you for clear reply. Now it seems obvious :) That means i need an 1000Mbps... Cheers

Just ensure that your networked devices are capable ie they have RJ-45 ports that support 1Gbps speed! Also ensure that you have CAT5e or above cabling!

Blackhorse
My existing adsl router has 1gb port and the rest 100mb
Would linking one of these to that port speed up ky internal network?
Im finding transfering files around the internal network painfully slow currently

If you are connecting the devices directly to this port system (via RJ45 CAT 5e) and then connected to the 1Gb port on the router then technically yes! Depends what you're doing on it though. Also remember all the other devices also have to be capable of transmitting/recieving this higher speed. Many are only capable of 100Mbps. But file transfers along ethernet using this system should be quite fast, much faster than wireless atleast!
#25
Adrian7
Note this model supports "jumbo frames" at 9kB - might be worth playing with the network cards' config to improve transfer bandwidth.

Jumbo frames are largely pointless these days, the number of packets generally doesn't affect latency any more as processor speeds are so high.

I agree with earlier posts regarding the unreliability of these plastic units, not recommended.
1 Like #26
ro53ben
Adrian7
Note this model supports "jumbo frames" at 9kB - might be worth playing with the network cards' config to improve transfer bandwidth.

Jumbo frames are largely pointless these days, the number of packets generally doesn't affect latency any more as processor speeds are so high.

But jumbo frames are primarily about reducing protocol overhead by increasing data payload? Reducing CPU utilisation is a nice secondary bonus. Enabling jumbo frames increases data transfer for just about any Gigabit deployment - otherwise nobody would bother supporting it.
#27
In real terms, jumbo frames often introduce more issues than they ever solve. Very few devices will ever max out a link anyway, so the bandwidth use by overheads are somewhat irrelevant. I used to use jumbo frames a long time ago, it made a significant difference. These days it's just not needed.
#28
Now that many desktops/laptops have SSDs a lot of devices can saturate and even sustain a Gigabit link.

In the consumer space I agree it's too problematic; perhaps if there would have been just 1 jumbo size, enabled by default and better auto-discovery it would work better; you cannot expect people to configure different NICs to the same jumbo size - and perhaps crappy drivers and weak NICs never help...

It works better in a work environment ;)
#29
I've never used it in a corporate environment either, although we do have a 10GE backbone here :)

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