Zyxel GS108B 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch, Free delivery
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Zyxel GS108B 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch, Free delivery

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Found 17th Dec 2015
After some dissapointment with netgear switches, I have been told to go with Zyxel, cheapest around that I could find, seems like a great price for this.

Overview
Optimized for Smooth VoIP and Data Exchange

The ZyXEL GS-108B v2 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch connects network devices and the home network at blazing Gigabit speed. The newly designed QoS ports guarantee smooth transfer for bandwidth-intensive applications such as VoIP and data communications.

Compact, sturdy switch with alternative wall-mount design

The GS-108B v2 fits any environment. Regardless of desktop or wall-mount installation, its sturdy, compact design provides more flexibility for wired home networks.

Fast, reliable wired connectivity

Without any manual configuration, the GS-108B v2 can boost data transfer speed for connected network devices such as IP phones, network storages, PCs and laptops to the network at blazing-fast Gigabit speed.

Optimized for smooth VoIP and data exchange

The GS-108B v2 has 3 QoS ports with an assigned high- and medium-priority mechanism to enhance the stability of VoIP and data exchange. Just connect network devices such as IP phones, PCs, laptops or network storages to the high-priority or medium-priority ports of your choice, you can then enjoy smooth VoIP communication and data transfer at the same time.
Zyxel GS108B 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Adjust power usage

Smartly adjusts power consumption by detecting the link status and the length of connected Ethernet cables. When the GS-108B v2 detects no active data transmission, the device automatically enters the power-saving mode to avoid energy waste.
Zyxel GS108B 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Detect cable length

The GS-108B v2 can detect the length of connected Ethernet cables and adjust power usage accordingly. The shorter the Ethernet cable length is, the less power it consumes.
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out of curiosity - what was wrong with your netgear ones? using the 8port 1gig for last couple months and getting excellent speeds
My Samsung printer doesn't like Netgear switches for some reason but is perfectly happy with my Zyxel
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ChinesePate

out of curiosity - what was wrong with your netgear ones? using the 8port … out of curiosity - what was wrong with your netgear ones? using the 8port 1gig for last couple months and getting excellent speeds



​had a zonet 10/100 worked flawlessly for years still does but after getting new gigabit PC, Xbox etc needed a gigabit switch. netgear GS 308, connected when they felt like it, random disconnections, connecting to virgin super hub, had a mixture of straight & crossover wired through house, never a problem with zonet. went around testing changing all cables , crimping new connector one way or the other , but still same problem hit and miss connections, the netgear is suppose to be auto sensing, after a full day of messing about stuck my zonet back on and everything working despite changing most connector to straight. 2 of the same netgear switches , both can't be faulty. so they going back. Anyone else had similar problems?
Edited by: "jjav" 17th Dec 2015
jjav

​had a zonet 10/100 worked flawlessly for years still does but after g … ​had a zonet 10/100 worked flawlessly for years still does but after getting new gigabit PC, Xbox etc needed a gigabit switch. netgear GS 308, connected when they felt like it, random disconnections, connecting to virgin super hub, had a mixture of straight & crossover wired through house, never a problem with zonet. went around testing changing all cables , crimping new connector one way or the other , but still same problem hit and miss connections, the netgear is suppose to be auto sensing, after a full day of messing about stuck my zonet back on and everything working despite changing most connector to straight. 2 of the same netgear switches , both can't be faulty. so they going back. Anyone else had similar problems?



GS108v3 is the one to get from Netgear. I've had a couple of older GS105's go bad because of dodgy capacitors, but nothing a soldering iron couldn't fix. The new v3's have better capacitors.
I have a d-link gigabit switch and found it too has strange issues, disconnections and just issues almost sending data back and forth, quick reboot and its fine but this happens after few days. Connected via virgin hub also !

The thing is once the virgin hub is set to modem only mode and used directly it works fine, maybe the odd reboot every 1-3 weeks, but with my d-link link switch it last 2-4 days before a reboots required, almost like it can't sense the signal or negotiate the link.

I was considering going netgear since they have always been reliable but then I just read your post!

The switch you linked looks good but I read a users review posted here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ZyXEL-GS108B-Gigabit-Desktop-Switch/dp/B0091QN5FQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450392828&sr=8-1&keywords=Zyxel+GS108B

One guy says : Needs rebooting every few months

So not sure if it fixes the issues which you are getting really, but guess every few months is not bad id rather try something better and more reliable but who knows really, may also try and buy some high quality cat5-6 cables instead maybe the ones I got are cheap n nasty!

Let us know how you get on if you do for this one that loop detection which prevents crashing sounds good, thx

jjav

​had a zonet 10/100 worked flawlessly for years still does but after g … ​had a zonet 10/100 worked flawlessly for years still does but after getting new gigabit PC, Xbox etc needed a gigabit switch. netgear GS 308, connected when they felt like it, random disconnections, connecting to virgin super hub, had a mixture of straight & crossover wired through house, never a problem with zonet. went around testing changing all cables , crimping new connector one way or the other , but still same problem hit and miss connections, the netgear is suppose to be auto sensing, after a full day of messing about stuck my zonet back on and everything working despite changing most connector to straight. 2 of the same netgear switches , both can't be faulty. so they going back. Anyone else had similar problems?



​Sounds like your cables couldn't support gigabit connection. Upgrade the cables, or possibly check your haven't got too much straight cable going in to your boots/sockets
Original Poster
mikeycompton

​Sounds like your cables couldn't support gigabit connection. Upgrade the … ​Sounds like your cables couldn't support gigabit connection. Upgrade the cables, or possibly check your haven't got too much straight cable going in to your boots/sockets



quality ​cat5e cables from a 100m roll, none of my previous switches or router have had issues, its not a speed problem, if it were, switches should still operate at lower speeds , also auto MDI/mdix should be sorting cables out
Original Poster
emptypocketz

I have a d-link gigabit switch and found it too has strange issues, … I have a d-link gigabit switch and found it too has strange issues, disconnections and just issues almost sending data back and forth, quick reboot and its fine but this happens after few days. Connected via virgin hub also !The thing is once the virgin hub is set to modem only mode and used directly it works fine, maybe the odd reboot every 1-3 weeks, but with my d-link link switch it last 2-4 days before a reboots required, almost like it can't sense the signal or negotiate the link.I was considering going netgear since they have always been reliable but then I just read your post!The switch you linked looks good but I read a users review posted here:http://www.amazon.co.uk/ZyXEL-GS108B-Gigabit-Desktop-Switch/dp/B0091QN5FQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450392828&sr=8-1&keywords=Zyxel+GS108BOne guy says : Needs rebooting every few monthsSo not sure if it fixes the issues which you are getting really, but guess every few months is not bad id rather try something better and more reliable but who knows really, may also try and buy some high quality cat5-6 cables instead maybe the ones I got are cheap n nasty!Let us know how you get on if you do for this one that loop detection which prevents crashing sounds good, thx


Received the Zyxel switch, but it did not resolve issue. I ended assigning fixed IP addresses to the desktops that seem to have the problem. So the only thing I can think of that could be causing the problem is either windows 7 or the Realtek onboard NIC, all other devices are happy to connect without configuration to zyxel. cctv recorder, xbox, blueray. great speed, transfer 5gb in under a minute.
jjav

Received the Zyxel switch, but it did not resolve issue. I ended … Received the Zyxel switch, but it did not resolve issue. I ended assigning fixed IP addresses to the desktops that seem to have the problem. So the only thing I can think of that could be causing the problem is either windows 7 or the Realtek onboard NIC, all other devices are happy to connect without configuration to zyxel. cctv recorder, xbox, blueray. great speed, transfer 5gb in under a minute.



thanks for getting back !

So you created a static ip address for your pcs, and the issues seem to be resolved?

Good to hear that if its resolved at least, may have to try something similar on my end.
Original Poster
emptypocketz

thanks for getting back !So you created a static ip address for your pcs, … thanks for getting back !So you created a static ip address for your pcs, and the issues seem to be resolved?Good to hear that if its resolved at least, may have to try something similar on my end.



​yes, its just the wired PCs that had issues, so yes give them static IP addresses, obviously outside a range that's going to keep clashing with other devices, I set them above 40, you don't really realise how many devices are connecting to net, There must be about 20 in my house multiple phones, computer media tablets etc.
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