NETGEAR - 8-Port 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Smart Managed Plus Click Switch - Black

NETGEAR Click Switches, with the 1-2-3-4 mounting system, offer the most flexible deployment options combined with effective cable management. Designed to enable easy and neat switch placement in all locations, Click Switches also have the full set of Plus Switch software features such as traffic prioritization, VLANs and cable testing. Two USB ports can charge tablets or smartphones.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Cable retaining/pole mounting straps
    • Power cord
    • Quick Install Guide
    • Resource CD with installation guide
    • Smart Managed Plus Click Switch (GSS108E)
    • Virtually Anywhere Mounting Kit

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (159 out of 165)

    Features


    Virtually Anywhere

    Innovative Click mount for vertical, horizontal, flat of perpendicular mounting capabilities.

    Gigabit Ethernet

    8 Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver up to 2000 Mbps of dedicated, non-blocking bandwidth per port.

    Essential Networking

    Segment and prioritize your traffic with VLAN, QoS, IGMP Snooping, rate limiting and traffic monitoring.

    USB Charging

    2 USB charging ports to charge your devices.

    Cable Management

    Integrated cable management system keeps your deployments clean and organized.

    ProSAFE Lifetime Protection

    Lifetime Limited Hardware warranty, Next Business Day Replacement and 24/7 chat with a NETGEAR expert.


    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great switch for tabletop collaboration

      Posted
      MattGH
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch (GSS108E) Pros: Simple Plug and Play, USB charging, Easily Mountable, No power Brick Cons: Long form factor, Short power cord Background with tabletop switches: While conducting internal network security assessments, my team often requires the use of a switch to supply additional ports so our entire team could access the internal network being assessed from the one port in the room. The switch we used took up a fair amount of desk space and the power cord had a brick at the end creating a power plug availability issue when our laptops or other devices needed charging. This switch seems to address these issues. Review: After setup and review, I would say overall the Netgear ClickSwitch meets all the necessary requirements for a typical office setting, and then some. The only downsides I would say is the length of the power cord and its odd lengthy form factor. I always seem to find myself with a power cord which is not quite long enough for my current situation. This is to be expected since not all conference rooms are the same; however, the option of a longer power cord would be an added benefit. Setup: Setup was extremely easy. Especially if you install the ProSAFE Plus Utility, which assists in identifying the switch for you and allows you to configure from within the utility. It is similar, but slightly more complicated to configure from the web based configuration page. Overall very simple and straightforward. Features: USB Ports: I would like to point out the magnificent USB charging ports. If there was one other device, besides out laptops, my team utilized while onsite at a client it was our cell phones. Integrating this functionality into the device is genius since it eliminates the need for yet another power outlet or tethering the device to a laptop. LED Control: The switch allows control over LED activity, which I have found to be a useful and quick insight into the current connectivity of any connected device. This functionality would be useful in a dark room situation where blinking lights would be a distraction, such as a home theatre. Mounting & Physical Security: Based on my use of this type of switch I would more than likely always have the switch on the table top, however Netgear provides many different ways to mount the switch to either the wall or table leg with either adhesive, Velcro straps, or hardware (screws or bolts). The switch also comes with a Kingston lock anchor point for those users, like myself, who prefer to leave them at a location overnight or unattended. Form Factor / Size: In my opinion I think the ClickSwitches are a little long compared to other switches on the market and has the potential for creating a cluttered tabletop; however, its form factor is meant to be attached to a table's legs or mounted to a flat surface such as a wall. VLAN and QoS These are options available for those users wanting to regulate the data passing over the switch or segregate the ports into virtual LAN's. Performance: I had no issues with the performance of this switch as it performed as I expected. Price - Value: $70 is not a lot to ask for a very configurable un-managed versatile switch capable of handling gigabit speeds. I would highly recommend this product to a business for work groups needing to collaborate as a team or if a small array of devices in a single area, such as a home AV closet, needed connectivity. I received this product for participating in NETGEAR's Friends and Family Program

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great gigabit switch w/flexible mounting options

      Posted
      DeeJay20
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I received the NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch (GSS108E) as part of their review and test program. This product works exactly as I expected it would, and the form factor and mounting options make it a great choice if you want to hide it from view for a clean installation, especially in an awkward installation location. If you don't care about having a switch and cables out for all to view, there are plenty of other more cost effective options out there. Regarding setup, it's plug and play, so I'll focus more on the physical mounting of the device. There are a ton of mounting configuration available to address the most awkward spaces. Even the power plug is multi-directional, so you can orient the switch almost any way you want to make it work in your space. Regarding features and functionality, there's not much to say because it's a switch, not a router. It's a gigabit switch, so it's extremely fast and runs at advertised speeds as long as you have gigabit Ethernet on your computers. I move a lot of data around my LAN, so gigabit speeds make moving around large files and backups so much faster and less time consuming without bogging down normal network traffic. If you're still running 10/100, then you don't know what you're missing, and you should upgrade now. I highly recommend this product for it's form factor and flexible mounting options. If all you're looking for is a gigabit switch and don't care about the mounting options, I recommend you look at other NETGEAR ProSAFE offerings.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Switch it anyway you want!!!!

      Posted
      MichaelF
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I received the Netgear ProSafe 8-Port Click Switch (GSS108E) free from NETGEAR as part of the Friends and Family review program. Setup: The setup and configuration of the device was fairly straightforward. At first I thought the 1-2-3-4 mounting system was a gimmick but it did give me a range of options when mounting the device in my network closet. I chose to mount it directly to the wall but you also have the option to mount it to a pole or under a table. This flexibility makes it nice so you don't have to find creative ways to place it where you want it. If you don't want to do any configuration you can use it as a dumb switch and just plug it in and start using it. The speeds were comparable with other gigabit switches I own and the added USB ports were a nice bonus. Features: The switch falls in the middle between an unmanaged and managed switch. Think of it as an unmanaged switch on steroids. It gives you the ease of an unmanaged switch but adds some features you can manage like QoS and the ability to create VLANs. If you are interested in the technical features look up the manual, it is a fun 75 page read. Summary: I like devices that have multi uses, the USB ports work as a charging station for my kids' phones. If you want a switch that can be mounted with ease anyway you can think of and gives you more features than a standard unmanaged switch then I would recommend this switch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great workgroup switch

      Posted
      Berknip
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you're interested in a workgroup/desktop/AV cabinet network switch or a conference room tombstone type network switch, this is a fantastic product. As others mention, just about every possible mounting option is covered - attach the click plate to your desktop/wall/desk leg using the provided screws or zip ties, then just click the switch into place. There are two different mounting options for the switch onto the plate - on the back or on the side, so you can pretty much mount it anywhere it will fit. The power cable also is semi-reversible so you can have the cable protrude perpendicular or parallel to the switch mounting. It's actually pretty clever. As for performance, it's a very capable Gigabit switch with LAN segmentation and QOS configuration. For it's intended audience (as mentioned earlier - workgroup/desktop) it is more than adequate. There isn't a whole lot of documentation, but it doesn't really require a lot of fiddling to get it active on the network. The provided software will allow you to find/manage the switch if you need as well. It's slightly large for the # of ports, but it's not unwieldy. Unless you're mounting on a table/desk, the USB ports aren't particularity useful or required, but they're there for those types of installations. Overall, a great little switch. I received this product for participating in NETGEAR's Friends and Family Program

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unique Mounted Switch

      Posted
      SpaceshipMark
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Netgear's ProSAFE switches are very popular. They still sell a compact metal housing switch that is a best seller. This switch is unique that it features USB charging ports and a separate mounting bracket. The bracket allows the switch to be mounted in any position including under tables or desks. I mounted mine on the back side of my dedicated network cabinet. To connect LAN cables, I can remove the switch from the mounting bracket and plug in the cables where I have clear lighting and view of the ports in my hands. Then when I am ready, just snap the switch back onto its mounting bracket. That is the coolest feature! As with all managed switches, you can log into the firmware and tinker with the settings. I found it difficult to login without the PC side software helping to locate the switch. It should have better network self discovery. The speed is gigabit and is fast. I have had the switch for two months now and have had no problems. I think it is a good value considering the un-managed 4-port ProSAFE switch is about half the price. I received this product for participating in NETGEAR's Friends and Family Program.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Performance and Price

      Posted
      paulasue
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I received this product for free as part of the Friends and Family Program. Setup is very easy. Just plug in the power cable and Ethernet cables and it's ready to go. It can be mounted to a wall or desk either horizontally or vertically with the included mounting bracket. It also comes with several cable management straps. I should also note that the build quality appears to be very good. In addition to having 8 Gigabit ports, the switch also includes a number of additional configurable features such as quality of service, flow control, VLAN, and IP address. Another convenient feature is the inclusion of two USB charging ports. Performance appears to be excellent. This is replacing an inexpensive 10/100 switch for me and I've already experienced a notable speed increase on file transfers between my desktop and NAS. This product meets my expectations and I believe it provides a good value and performance for the price. I would definitely recommend it to anyone for home and small business use.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      DO NOT update firmware

      Posted
      DanR
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      With the help of Netgear tech support, I have now bricked two of these by trying to upgrade the firmware. The switch ships with firmware 1.0 which has a bug that limits performance substantially. Firmware 1.0.0.1 allegedly fixes this, but it trashes your switch. And, you can't even install the upgrade to the firmware unless you have a TFTP server. I have been a Netgear customer for many years and have multiple switches in my business and home. Stay away from this one! If you do not need a managed switch, Netgear tech support recommended the GS108 as a better product. If you need a managed switch with the Click Switch, buy the GSS116E. The firmware update is supposed to work. Bottom line, if you purchase this item and do not upgrade the firmware, you are not getting the performance you think you are getting. And, if you do update the firmware, you will have problems.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice solution for network expansion

      Posted
      nameplease
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      First off, I received this product free as part of the NETGEAR Friends and Family Program. The switch works well straight out of the box. It is a nice change from the standard box switches or hubs. The mounting options make it convenient for most people to mount it in a way that suits their needs. The two USB ports for charging are nice so you have one more spot in the house to charge without moving cables back and forth or buying an extra. The ability to turn off the LED lights in the event you put it near the TV where they would be noticeable is also a nice feature to have in the event you watch TV in the dark. The only negative I have noticed is that it could be a little shorter in length. It extends 3-4" past the last port which is wasted space and would be nice to make it a little smaller profile. That reason plus the fact I haven't had a chance to test longevity are the only reasons I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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