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NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208 review

NETGEAR is one of the biggest names in computer connectivity and it shows why here, with a high quality and budget friendly Ethernet switch.

NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208 review
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Our Verdict

The NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208 offers everything you could possibly want from an Ethernet Switch. It's cheap, reliable and offers super fast Ethernet speeds. It also runs whisper quiet, making it ideal for home offices.

For

  • Cheap
  • Quiet
  • Great Ethernet speeds

Against

The NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Switch has been designed with versatility in mind. It is compatible with a huge array of networking equipment and offers Gigabit Ethernet speeds. NETGEAR itself claims that the NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Switch was designed to increase Ethernet speeds by up to 10x over traditional Ethernet devices. This is why we rank the NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Switch as one of the best Ethernet switches.

NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208 review: Features

This eight-port Ethernet switch features a plug-and-play design, similar to the D-Link DGS-1008G and TP Link TL-SG1005D, so you can instantly start using this switch with any network. This switch comes in a durable plastic packaging and features eight, clearly numbered LED lights on the front that indicate port activity, power status and link speeds, while cables can connect to the back of the switch. These ports are meant to be versatile, meaning you can plug any cable into any of the ports. There is no set “source port” or “outlet port” that brings in more flexibility with this switch, particularly if you are worried about cables getting crossed or tangled.

This NETGEAR network switch comes in a compact package, making it ideal for desktop use or for mounting. The switch also comes in a fanless design that allows for quiet operational noise, while still keeping the switch from overheating.

NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208 review: Performance

If you run a small business that wants to expand their network, or are just looking to boost internet speeds for streaming and online gaming, then this versatile switch can help.

This network switch has traffic-prioritization features that manage data delivery based on data type and priority for fewer interruptions and faster speed. The switch also supports the latest IEEE standards and Energy-Efficient Ethernet, which lower energy consumption during light traffic times or when there is little to no activity detected.

This simple, budget-friendly switch also features non-blocking design and supports jumbo frames to help ensure proper data distribution and speed. NETGEAR also designed this Ethernet switch with an auto MDI/MDIX feature, which means there is no need for crossover cables.

Should you buy the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208?

Overall, the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS208 Ethernet switch is compact and versatile making it an ideal solution if you don’t want to pay a great deal for a switch, especially if you need something compact to fit on your desk.