NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (GS908E) - Desktop Housing with Integrated Cable Management, 2 x USB Charging Ports, and Fanless Design for Quiet Operation
- ETHERNET PORT CONFIGURATION: 8 Gigabit ports
- CONFIGURATION & CONTROL: management software with easy-to-use GUI interface offers basic capabilities to configure, secure, and monitor your network.
- MODERN DESKTOP DESIGN: simple and stylish for use in any room or office, and the integrated cable management system keeps cables untangled and out of sight for an uncluttered desk and office.
- SILENT OPERATION: The fanless design means 0 added noise wherever its located, making it ideal for noise-sensitive environments
- PEACE OF MIND: Covered by an industry-leading 3-year limited hardware
The NETGEAR GS908E Smart Managed Plus Desktop Switch features 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet, desktop housing with integrated cable management that keeps cables tangle-free and hidden from view, 2 x USB charging ports to charge external devices, and a fanless design for quiet operation.
Amazon is advertising it incorrectly. The switch itself works very well. Amazon delivered it promptly, switch works right out of the box, etc etc.
For example, I purchased this to segment off a couple ports onto a VLAN as a pass-through for the Internet link on the outside of my home router. I wanted to be able to use the port-mirroring capability to inspect the traffic on the outside of my gateway/firewall. That would leave several ports available (configured on a separate VLAN) to use inside my firewall. There is no way to disable the management interface on those ports exposed outside of my firewall. Netgear is adamant in their forums that this is by design.
If you use this properly secured inside your network, then it is a pretty nice switch. It has a lot of nice features for the price, and I expect it will work reliably (I'm generally a fan of Netgear equipment). The design around the management interface makes it unsuitable for use in some situations - that dropped my opinion to a 3-star level. The extra star was lost because this limitation is pretty much hidden. I shouldn't have to imagine arbitrary security deficiencies and then go and research to find out if a potential purchase has them.
1. I cannot register the device.
2. I cannot find anyone to help me either via call or via the community forum.
We've had this series installed for years now at some high use facilities and they are going strong, and compared to a Cisco of similar specs, well priced.
This is perfect for someone that needs that extra management ability because of VoIP or other networking needs but doesn't need or want to get into full layer 3 switching. The web interface is easily learned and accessible. You can lock it down as well. Netgear has been really good about product support as well and they fix issues fast with firmware updates as needed. I've yet to have one of these fail (knock on wood) and we have these installed in most of our clients' locations.