Netgear GS308 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Metal Switch with free delivery - £21.99 @ Ebuyer
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Netgear GS308 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Metal Switch with free delivery - £21.99 @ Ebuyer

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Found 23rd Sep 2013
I was looking for some small managed switches when I stumbled over this deal. At probably a mere £80 cheaper than managed switches I decided that my small home network could live without for the time being.

I've used and abused these little Netgear Ethernet switches both at home and at work and they perform admirably. These particular ones have the added bonus of being gigabit and as cheap as you can find.

Well built, passive cooling.

Bargain.

Specs:

Manufacturer's Part Number GS308-100UKS
Product Description NETGEAR GS308 - switch - 8 ports - unmanaged - desktop
Device Type Switch - 8 ports - unmanaged
Weight 400 g
Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.8 cm x 10.2 cm x 2.6 cm
Localisation United Kingdom
Features Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), store and forward
Enclosure Type Desktop
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3i, IEEE 802.3ab
Ports 8 x 10/100/1000
Performance Bandwidth : 16 Gbps
MAC Address Table Size 4K entries
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90% (non-condensing)
Miscellaneous
Width 15.8 cm
Depth 10.2 cm
Height 2.6 cm
Weight 400 g
Localisation United Kingdom
General
Device Type Switch - 8 ports - unmanaged
Enclosure Type Desktop
Ports 8 x 10/100/1000
Performance Bandwidth : 16 Gbps
MAC Address Table Size 4K entries
Features Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), store and forward
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3i, IEEE 802.3ab
Status Indicators Power, link/activity
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces 8 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
Power
Power Device Power adapter - external
Power Consumption Operational 3.8 Watt

28 Comments

Good kit - hot

Meh. Spend the extra £7 and get the prosafe version.

nublets2k

Meh. Spend the extra £7 and get the prosafe version.


Unless you don't need all of the really useful features the prosafe models offer. In which case save 7 quid and just get this.

Original Poster

nublets2k

Meh. Spend the extra £7 and get the prosafe version.



I do like the pro version . . . .

But, as far as I can tell, performance wise, these switches are identical. There is no denying the Pro version is of slightly better quality (hence the lifetime guarantee, and the fetching blue). But, to be honest, I don't think I'd fanny around sending a £20 switch back for repair, and the lifetime guarantee only covers the switch, not the power supply. It's got a MTBF of 386500 hours, so it should be fairly reliable.

Does the GS208 not match this spec for less ? (other than metal case ...) amazon.co.uk/dp/…41S

and how do you get free delivery ?
Edited by: "phanco" 24th Sep 2013

Original Poster

Ebuyer are offering free next day delivery on everything (i think) until the end of the month.
Go to the checkout, and it's an option there (default option if I remember correctly)

Original Poster

phanco

Does the GS208 not match this spec for less ? (other than metal case ...) … Does the GS208 not match this spec for less ? (other than metal case ...) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AFVB41Sand how do you get free delivery ?



Spec wise they look pretty much the same netgear.co.uk/hom…spx.

But having a metal casing has two obvious benefits: -
1. A metal case will offer more effective passive cooling.
2. The switch will be better screened from electrical interference.

MikroTik RouterBoard 250GS is the cheapest Managed Switch (5 port).

Unless you can be bothered transfering the config every time you reboot.
(Quite a few of them are identical and if you get the datasheet you can work out how to load them with jtag).

If the additional 7 quid also get you a lifetime warrAnty then it's well worth it

J1135

If the additional 7 quid also get you a lifetime warrAnty then it's well … If the additional 7 quid also get you a lifetime warrAnty then it's well worth it



its ebuyer, after 6 months you will not get a full refund, and it keeps getting less as time goes on.

I cant see the free next day delivery.

nublets2k

Meh. Spend the extra £7 and get the prosafe version.



The 8-port ProSafe one is 38.81 pounds

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cambb

I cant see the free next day delivery.



Sign in to see next day free delivery.
You'll see it at the checkout

eeek!

Sign in to see next day free delivery.You'll see it at the checkout



This doesn't appear for me so might just be a special for you. You should change title to reflect this.

eeek!

Sign in to see next day free delivery.You'll see it at the checkout



No free delivery for me either.

or moi

Original Poster

Zub

This doesn't appear for me so might just be a special for you. You should … This doesn't appear for me so might just be a special for you. You should change title to reflect this.



OK. Sorry to hear you can't get the free, next day delivery.
I've amended the title.
I've gone through the process of buying another one and it's still available to me (I know that's not much use to you).
I'd post a screenshot but I'm not sure how to at the moment.

Got the deal through a mailshot,so it might be related to being signed up to their newsletters.

Edited by: "eeek!" 25th Sep 2013

They only gave existing customers free delivery. And not even to all of them.

mrbill

The 8-port ProSafe one is 38.81 pounds



Yeah, they've put the price up.

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/2144/13q6.jpg

Whats the difference between this and TP-Link @PCWorld?
Edited by: "talisman1216" 25th Sep 2013

phanco

Does the GS208 not match this spec for less ? (other than metal case ...) … Does the GS208 not match this spec for less ? (other than metal case ...) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AFVB41Sand how do you get free delivery ?



I was speaking to a Netgear Support person online last week and I recall him saying the GS208 was discontinued.

eeek!

I do like the pro version . . . .But, as far as I can tell, performance … I do like the pro version . . . .But, as far as I can tell, performance wise, these switches are identical. There is no denying the Pro version is of slightly better quality (hence the lifetime guarantee, and the fetching blue). But, to be honest, I don't think I'd fanny around sending a £20 switch back for repair, and the lifetime guarantee only covers the switch, not the power supply. It's got a MTBF of 386500 hours, so it should be fairly reliable.



The internals of the Prosafe are slightly higher spec than GS308, according to the specs listed in Broadbandbuyer.co.uk

e.g. (8k vs 4K for Mac Address storage, 10usec vs 20usec network latency etc)


When I was chatting to a Netgear support & Pre-sales person to specifically ask the difference between the 2 models, I was told
"They're just house in different material (Casing)".

Hmmm ....

Wait for the gs108e to come back in stock. Got these for 32 a month ago and they are managed albeit only via a windows program.
amazon.co.uk/Net…08e

Original Poster

stevehaley

Wait for the gs108e to come back in stock. Got these for 32 a month ago … Wait for the gs108e to come back in stock. Got these for 32 a month ago and they are managed albeit only via a windows program.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-ProSafe-8-Port-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B004G9IXSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380159386&sr=8-1&keywords=Gs108e#productDetails


Thanks for the info. . . I didn't know this existed. This could be what I'm after.
Edited by: "eeek!" 26th Sep 2013

Netgear basically do three levels of pro switches
Straight no ie GS108 is a dumb switch
GS108e is a windows managed switch
GS108T is a web managed switch
sometimes combined with P to indicate POE capability
Good little switch - low power so no heat or noise but will handle Vlans & redundant links as well as cable tests

btw the White plastic netgear switches are rubbish had three go on me recently all around 3-5 years old. One of them just bottlenecked traffic - took me ages to work it out.

I require a 5 port switch. Which of the following is the best or can someone recommend one? Thanks

ebay.co.uk/itm…b31

ebay.co.uk/itm…da8

amazon.co.uk/gp/…294

Or am i better paying the extra and buying this, even know i only need a 5 port?

Edited by: "ministrymason" 28th Sep 2013
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