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Netgear GS108T-200 ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switch Unboxing Video

Posted By Joe Kelly On March 8, 2011 @ 3:10 pm In Unboxings | 2 Comments

Today I’m going to unbox the Netgear GS108T-200 [1] ProSafe 8-port Gigabit Smart Switch, which I purchased last week for CAD$89.99 from ncix.com [2].

Note that this is the GS108T-200 [1] (or series 2), not the older GS108T [3] (or series 1), also known as the GS108T-100. The easiest way to tell the difference between them is the size and color. The 200 is silver and blue whereas the 100 is just blue. The 200 is also 3 inches narrower, taking up less space on your desk. There are other important differences, however. For example, according to Netgear’s specs [1], the 200 adds:

  • Green features
  • PoE
  • SNMP version 3
  • HTTPS for securely accessing the web interface

Target Market

Let’s talk about the the target market for the GS810T-200. If you go to Netgear’s website, you will find the GS108T-200 in the business [4] section rather than the home [5] section. In particular, it’s aimed at small to medium sized businesses (i.e. the SMB segment) rather than large enterprises.

Despite being labeled as a business switch, the GS108T-200 would be a good choice for your home if you’re a power user. It offers many more features than what you would find in the typical cheap unmanaged switch that most home users would buy. It’s a smart switch which means that its feature set sits somewhere between the feature sets of unmanaged switches and the fully managed switches used by large enterprises.

GS108T-200 Features

The GS108T-200′s feature list is very long so I’ll just highlight the most important features:

  • 8 gigabit ports
  • Can be powered by Power over Ethernet [6] (PoE)
  • Web based administration interface, including support for HTTPS
  • VLANs [7]
  • Quality of Service [8] for traffic prioritization (QoS)
  • Link aggregation [9] (trunking)
  • Performance monitoring
  • Port configuration
  • IGMP snooping [10]
  • ACL filtering to permit or deny traffic based on MAC or IP addresses
  • Green features such as automatically powering down unused ports
  • Jumbo frames [11]
  • SNMP [12] version 1, 2 and 3
  • Syslog [13] based logging
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Port mirroring [14] (to sniff packets on another port)

Unboxing Video

Below is my GS108T-200 unboxing video from Youtube. Please leave a comment here or on the YouTube page if you liked my video.

In a few weeks I’ll post a review of the GS108T-200, after I’ve had a chance to try it out. I may also post a video tour of the administration interface.

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    URLs in this post:

    [1] GS108T-200: http://ca.netgear.com/business/products/switches/smart-switches/GS108T-200.aspx

    [2] ncix.com: http://ncix.com/

    [3] GS108T: http://ca.netgear.com/business/products/switches/smart-switches/GS108T.aspx

    [4] business: http://ca.netgear.com/business/

    [5] home: http://ca.netgear.com/home/

    [6] Power over Ethernet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_over_Ethernet

    [7] VLANs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_LAN

    [8] Quality of Service: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality_of_service

    [9] Link aggregation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_aggregation

    [10] IGMP snooping: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IGMP_snooping

    [11] Jumbo frames: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumbo_frames

    [12] SNMP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snmp

    [13] Syslog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syslog

    [14] Port mirroring: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_mirroring

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