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Netgear GS608 8 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch £34.40 Delivered @ Amazon.co.uk
Netgear GS608 8 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch £34.40 Delivered @ Amazon.co.uk

Netgear GS608 8 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch £34.40 Delivered @ Amazon.co.uk

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This 1000Mbps wired ethernet switch seems to be the cheapest at the moment, next cheapest is Dell.com for £45.80, and Amazon are selling the 5 port version for £35.41!

I have the 5 port version (just ordered this 8 port too) and can't rate these products enough - very fast and reliable.

Netgear product page: netgear.co.uk/eth…php
Datasheet PDF: netgear.co.uk/pdf…pdf

Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features

* Moves very large files instantly across your network - 10x faster than Fast Ethernet
* Plug and Play means instant connectivity as soon as the GS608 is powered up
* Auto Uplink" technology automatically adjusts for different types of Ethernet cable
* All 8 ports automatically sense the right speed and full/half duplex mode
* LEDs provide easy monitoring while no fans make for a noiseless operation
* Included stand saves valuable desk space

Technical Details

Main Specifications

* Product Description: NETGEAR GS608 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch - switch - 8 ports
* Device Type: Switch
* Form Factor: External
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 3.1 cm x 17.7 cm x 11.7 cm
* Weight: 310 g
* Localisation: English / United Kingdom
* RAM: 1 MB
* Ports Qty: 8 x Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX, Ethernet 1000Base-T
* Data Transfer Rate: 1 Gbps
* Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
* Communication Mode: Half-duplex, full-duplex
* Features: Flow control, full duplex capability, auto-sensing per device, auto-negotiation, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), store and forward
* Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3i, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.3x
* Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Extended Specifications

General

* Width: 3.1 cm
* Depth: 17.7 cm
* Height: 11.7 cm
* Weight: 310 g
* Localisation: English / United Kingdom
* Device Type: Switch
* Enclosure Type: External

Memory

* RAM: 1 MB

Expansion / Connectivity

* Interfaces: 8 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45

Manufacturer Warranty

* Service & Support: 1 year warranty
* Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Networking

* Features: Flow control, full duplex capability, auto-sensing per device, auto-negotiation, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), store and forward
* Connectivity Technology: Wired
* Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
* Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3i, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.3x
* Data Transfer Rate: 1 Gbps
* Status Indicators: Link activity, port transmission speed, power, link OK
* Ports Qty: 8 x Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX, Ethernet 1000Base-T
* Communication Mode: Half-duplex, full-duplex
* Switching Protocol: Ethernet
* MAC Address Table Size: 4K entries

Miscellaneous

* Compliant Standards: CE, FCC Class A certified, C-Tick, cUL, VCCI Class A ITE, UL 60950
* Included Accessories: Vertical stand
* MTBF: 87,600 hour(s)

Power

* Power Device: Power adapter - external
* Power Consumption Operational: 14.4 Watt

Environmental Parameters

* Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C
* Max Operating Temperature: 50 °C
* Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

42 Comments

Great timing was just looking for one!

Thanks!

Not a bad price If you have 8 devices that need 1000Mb plus the cabling to handle the speed.
The 5 port can be picked up at sub £30 easily btw. I paid £23 a couple of months ago for one.

Out of stock Max-Power.

beware, i was in the market for an 8 port switch the other week, and having done a bit of research, most of the gb switches use the same chip and software, and they replicate the same bug, they block upnp requests, this is specifically a problem for people wanting to use a media pc and a playstation 3.

It seems to defy logic as these things are supposed to be simple and fool proof, but the problem, and this model is included, is there.

Buyer beware..

Original Poster

I tried that same one and found it kept losing packets and really bad connectivity.... can't trust these cheap brands.

Max-Power;8173191

TP-LINK have a cheap one for £15 … TP-LINK have a cheap one for £15 :)http://www.esave2day.com/product/5-port-unmanaged-gigabit-desktop-switch/

How do these work

Original Poster

Really? I used the 5 port Gigabit switch, PS3 Mediaserver / TVersity for streaming PS3 fine. Wonder if that uses the same chip. Can you provide any articles / links? Ta.

gazter;8173368

beware, i was in the market for an 8 port switch the other week, and … beware, i was in the market for an 8 port switch the other week, and having done a bit of research, most of the gb switches use the same chip and software, and they replicate the same bug, they block upnp requests, this is specifically a problem for people wanting to use a media pc and a playstation 3.It seems to defy logic as these things are supposed to be simple and fool proof, but the problem, and this model is included, is there.Buyer beware..

Certainly a good price. Thanks

Max-Power;8173191

TP-LINK have a cheap one for £15 … TP-LINK have a cheap one for £15 :)http://www.esave2day.com/product/5-port-unmanaged-gigabit-desktop-switch/



ourdave;8173258

Out of stock Max-Power.


or 8-port for £25.05 del. 63 in stock post time esave2day.com/pro…ch/
I've been using the 8-port for over a year now - no problems what so ever - 3 PCs(1 Win7 MCE); 2 360s, PS3, and WHS. :-D :thumbsup:

Original Poster

You plug it into your broadband router, and then connect all the computers to it to allow them talk to each other.

To really make use of the faster connection you'd need to have Gigabit network cards in your devices / computers, and Network cables that support the speed. Most modern computers do, the PS3 does, and most modern NAS drives. Some networking knowledge is useful, like adjusting MTU size (size of data chunks) etc.

Mr Hunter;8173390

How do these work

Mr Hunter;8173390

How do these work



Basically : Electrons go in and out. They get messed about a bit in the middle by a processor.
More usefully : Network packets go in and out. But only to the ports they're supposed to.
If you really want a detailed explanation of how ethernet switches work you should probably go to wikipedia or similar.

If you want to know if it will do some specific task, tell us what your task is
Like:
Q If I plug it in my DSL router will I be able to use 8 PCs with one connection?
A Maybe, depends on the router
Q will it make my DSL go faster
A No, definitely not

max_lan;8173614

Basically : Electrons go in and out. They get messed about a bit in the … Basically : Electrons go in and out. They get messed about a bit in the middle by a processor.More usefully : Network packets go in and out. But only to the ports they're supposed to.If you really want a detailed explanation of how ethernet switches work you should probably go to wikipedia or similar.If you want to know if it will do some specific task, tell us what your task isLike:Q If I plug it in my DSL router will I be able to use 8 PCs with one connection?A Maybe, depends on the routerQ will it make my DSL go fasterA No, definitely not



LOL. Epic Fail.

Q. Will it give my Broadband a better contention ratio? :giggle:

Beware - This switch won't forward Wake-On-LAN packets to turned off computers, rendering WoL almost useless

Ironically, the cause of the bug is a power-saving feature, which turns off ports that don't appear to be in use.

I understand it will not make my connection faster, just wondering if all i need is this and no other bits. Apart from Cat5e/6 cable.

My pc is gigabit, i have a media smart server (hp) which i found out is too. the only other thing i use are a popcorn hour a110

Ordered Thanks!

If you want to avoid netgear kit theres also this one from ebuyer for £30:
ebuyer.com/pro…467

Plan on getting it myself in the near future

Banzai;8173402

Really? I used the 5 port Gigabit switch, PS3 Mediaserver / TVersity for … Really? I used the 5 port Gigabit switch, PS3 Mediaserver / TVersity for streaming PS3 fine. Wonder if that uses the same chip. Can you provide any articles / links? Ta.



quick search on google:
forums.whirlpool.net.au/for…tml

It is bizarr, and shouldnt happen, but it looks to me, assuming the people posting werent lying, that it is the case. I was on the verge of buying one myself. I have a tp-link 8 port switch, i havent had a chance to use it yet, but according to reports it is supposed to be fine.

gazter;8173368

beware, i was in the market for an 8 port switch the other week, and … beware, i was in the market for an 8 port switch the other week, and having done a bit of research, most of the gb switches use the same chip and software, and they replicate the same bug, they block upnp requests, this is specifically a problem for people wanting to use a media pc and a playstation 3.



Hmmm. I'm looking for an 8 port switch for a new build house and specifically I want one that will be able to handle streaming HD quality video from my NAS to media players.

If this upnp blocking thing is common can you recommend one that won't have this problem? :?

I have the 10/100mbps version of this. I would love to be able to take advantage of a gigabit version but my home connection just doesn't offer anything near that.

The only advantage this would give me is higher file transfer rates on my local LAN.

Heat anyway.

According to the reviews on the ebuyer site this one suffers from the upnp block problem.

Clav;8174121

If you want to avoid netgear kit theres also this one from ebuyer for … If you want to avoid netgear kit theres also this one from ebuyer for £30:http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132467Plan on getting it myself in the near future

foxyloxy;8175127

According to the reviews on the ebuyer site this one suffers from the … According to the reviews on the ebuyer site this one suffers from the upnp block problem.



does anyone use upnp?

i've got two of these and a 5-port one, very good they are too. not sure that this is a great price though, its kind of average i think, sure i paid about that over a year ago from ebuyer....?

i like the feet they comes with - saves a lot of desk space having these vertical instead of horizontal, it also matches the size/design of their print servers and adsl modems too (which i also have!)

fredsherbet;8173748

Beware - This switch won't forward Wake-On-LAN packets to turned off … Beware - This switch won't forward Wake-On-LAN packets to turned off computers, rendering WoL almost useless :(Ironically, the cause of the bug is a power-saving feature, which turns off ports that don't appear to be in use.



well all three of mine work with WOL.

i use ether-wake on linux which uses directed packets, not wol which uses broadcast packets.

Good price, but I do prefer their ProSafe range instead

Had come across this about a week or so ago...but then read some reviews which were not brilliant. ]This Zyxel seems to have better reviiews and is cheaper

sej7278;8176453

does anyone use upnp?i've got two of these and a 5-port one, very good … does anyone use upnp?i've got two of these and a 5-port one, very good they are too. not sure that this is a great price though, its kind of average i think, sure i paid about that over a year ago from ebuyer....?i like the feet they comes with - saves a lot of desk space having these vertical instead of horizontal, it also matches the size/design of their print servers and adsl modems too (which i also have!)



if it blocks access between media servers and say, a PS3 , then it is a really big deal. Networking can be a pain in the **** at the best of times, try troubleshooting a piece of equipment that you have no control over.

Noeldude;8174198

Hmmm. I'm looking for an 8 port switch for a new build house and … Hmmm. I'm looking for an 8 port switch for a new build house and specifically I want one that will be able to handle streaming HD quality video from my NAS to media players. If this upnp blocking thing is common can you recommend one that won't have this problem? :?



I suspect the nas to the media player will be a simple share and it will work without issues. I did a bit of research and the tp-link tl-sg1008d is suppose to operate reliably without this bug.

I am using this very switch between my server and my Sony Bravia TV for DLNA (built on top of uPNP) and have never had a problem. I only bought this about 2 months ago, when the price dropped. I'd had it in my saved for later basket for about a year waiting for it to become cheaper. It replaced a Netgear 5 port Prosafe 10/100 switch, and has made no difference to my connections other than an increase in connection speed to those devices that support GB LAN.

HTH,
Craig

TehSheep;8175100

The only advantage this would give me is higher file transfer rates on my … The only advantage this would give me is higher file transfer rates on my local LAN.



That's all a switch would ever do. This is a product for internal LAN connections.
The upper limit of your WAN speed is always controlled either by your WAN hardware or the internet product that you have purchased (i.e. your ADSL/Cable package).

I've been using one of these for the last couple of years, works fine for me. Also, means I can just run one cable from my router next to the BT master socket to this near the computer kit making things a bit tidier.

Noeldude;8174198

Hmmm. I'm looking for an 8 port switch for a new build house and … Hmmm. I'm looking for an 8 port switch for a new build house and specifically I want one that will be able to handle streaming HD quality video from my NAS to media players. If this upnp blocking thing is common can you recommend one that won't have this problem? :?



I have 3 5 port versions of this and have stream to 3 devices, a WDTV Live, a popcoirnhour and a realtek based ellion LABO. I use a nfs based share with YAMJ on the popcorn hour a Upnp Twonky server on the WDTV Live and a Samba windows share connection on the LABO.

I have used these for getting on 3 years now in various guises and never had an issue with any kind of blocking. Used with DVD rips, avi downloads. 720p mkv rips and 1080p mkv rips both compressed and uncompressed.

Never heard of any problems with this switch until reading this thread.

FWIW I've had this switch (shared house with 4 students) for a year and a half now and it has been great so far. Streaming craploads of HD stuff between router, TV-PC, PCs, xbox, PS3. No trouble with it at all. Great deal, heat added.

Broadsword;8186379

I have 3 5 port versions of this and have stream to 3 devices, a WDTV … I have 3 5 port versions of this and have stream to 3 devices, a WDTV Live, a popcoirnhour and a realtek based ellion LABO. I use a nfs based share with YAMJ on the popcorn hour a Upnp Twonky server on the WDTV Live and a Samba windows share connection on the LABO.I have used these for getting on 3 years now in various guises and never had an issue with any kind of blocking. Used with DVD rips, avi downloads. 720p mkv rips and 1080p mkv rips both compressed and uncompressed.Never heard of any problems with this switch until reading this thread.



Thats good news. I'd always assumed myself that this sort of switch would be ok for 1080p mkvs until I'd read this thread.

Just as a matter of interest do you have your three 5 port switches connected in series i.e. acting as one 11 port switch (3 x 5 minus the 4 interconnecting ports) ? 16 port switches seem a lot more expensive than 2 x 8 ports so I'm wondering if I can add extra switches later if I need to. :thinking:

Noeldude;8190964

Thats good news. I'd always assumed myself that this sort of switch would … Thats good news. I'd always assumed myself that this sort of switch would be ok for 1080p mkvs until I'd read this thread.Just as a matter of interest do you have your three 5 port switches connected in series i.e. acting as one 11 port switch (3 x 5 minus the 4 interconnecting ports) ? 16 port switches seem a lot more expensive than 2 x 8 ports so I'm wondering if I can add extra switches later if I need to. :thinking:



No, I have 1 in each room I need. One downstairs behind the TV, on upstairs in the computer room and another in my projector room (hark at me!). It just means I need a single cable between each room and between upstairs and downstairs.

Broadsword;8191462

No, I have 1 in each room I need. One downstairs behind the TV, on … No, I have 1 in each room I need. One downstairs behind the TV, on upstairs in the computer room and another in my projector room (hark at me!). It just means I need a single cable between each room and between upstairs and downstairs.



Ah ok. Thanks anyway.

Noeldude;8190964

16 port switches seem a lot more expensive than 2 x 8 ports so I'm … 16 port switches seem a lot more expensive than 2 x 8 ports so I'm wondering if I can add extra switches later if I need to. :thinking:



You can do this. If you think about what Broadsword has described, that is in series, it's just scattered across 3 rooms.

BTW, Amazon are saying 1 - 3 months for this item now.

Original Poster

xenny;8207321

BTW, Amazon are saying 1 - 3 months for this item now.


Seems to be back in stock today...

xenny;8207321

You can do this. If you think about what Broadsword has described, that … You can do this. If you think about what Broadsword has described, that is in series, it's just scattered across 3 rooms.BTW, Amazon are saying 1 - 3 months for this item now.



Yeah, that does make sense. Bought a pair of these last night as they're back in stock. £68.80 for 14 useable gigabit ports seems like a great price. :thumbsup:

WARNING do not buy from eSAVE2DAY.COM POOR POOR SERVICE, DO NOT BUY FROM THIS WEBSITE! Delivery OF TP SWITCH HAS NOT ARRIVED AFTER 16 DAYS TOOK MY MONEY STRAIGHT AWAY EVEN THEIR WEBSITE SHOWS STOCK (NPTPL-TL-SG1008D] TP-LINK 8-PORT UNMANAGED GIGABIT DESKTOP SWITCH. THEY will not answer phones or emails, on line support never works. Will be reporting to trading standards with in the week. There is nothing to like about this company! :x

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