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It is an 8-port Gigabit switch featuring a 60% lower power consumption rate, courtesy of Netgear Green technology.

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Pros

stays stable in a 24/7 always-on environment for long periods, don't need to anticipate reboots or failures

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all ports automatically detect connection speed, uplink/downlink - don't have to worry about which port is for what, don't need crossover cables

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physically built very solid, can even take some hits without any signs of wear

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indicator lights give a quick reference on what speeds are being used, useful for troubleshooting

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no fans or any other parts that make any noise

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basic installation is as simple as plugging everything in

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Cons

there are some units in the series that were shipped out faulty, will need to be returned to Netgear for a replacement within the first year and a half or so

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The Netgear ProSafe GS108 is an 8-port Gigabit switch featuring a 60% lower power consumption rate, courtesy of Netgear Green technology. It’s essentially a larger version of the 5-port GS105. Like its peer, the GS108 utilizes an auto-switching Ethernet connection to seamlessly integrate 10BASE-T Ethernet, 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet, and 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet devices without sacrificing performance. Plus it too supports both Windows and Macintosh operating systems via plug-n-play technology, and includes AutoUplink technology that automatically makes proper adjustments for different types of network cabling.

Features
  • 8-Port Gigabit Switch
  • Netgear Green Technology
  • Auto-Switching Ethernet Technology
  • AutoUplink Technology
  • Windows/Macintosh Compatibility
  • Plug-n-Play Installation
  • Easy-to-Read LEDs
  • Auto Power-Down Mode
  • Compact Metal Case
  • Desktop/Wall Mountable
  • 80% Recycled Materials (Packaging)
Specifications
  • Ports: 8 10/100/1000 Auto-Sending UTP
  • Forwarding: 192KB on-chip packet buffering
  • Mac Address Database: 4000
  • Jumbo Frame: Up to 9720 bytes
  • Compatibility: Win/Mac
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Model #s: GS108NA, GS108GE, GS108UK, GS108AU, GS108-300JPS
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