• NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
  • NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
  • NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
  • NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
  • NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection
NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection

NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (JGS524E) - Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Lifetime Protection

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  • ETHERNET PORT CONFIGURATION: 24 Gigabit ports
  • CONFIGURATION & CONTROL: Management software with easy-to-use GUI interface offers basic capabilities to configure, secure, and monitor your network.
  • VERSATILE MOUNTING OPTIONS: Supports desktop or rackmount placement, and includes all the necessary mounting hardware in the box
  • SILENT OPERATION: The fanless design means zero added noise wherever its located, making it ideal for noise-sensitive environments
  • PROSAFE LIFETIME PROTECTION: Covered by an industry-best Lifetime Limited Hardware Warranty, Next Business Day Replacement and 24/7 chat with a NETGEAR expert
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Designed to optimize power usage lowering its cost to operate. Most models are compliant with IEEE802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet mode.
  • BUILT TO LAST: Every NETGEAR Network switch is rigorously tested for reliability, quality, and performance.

Customer Reviews

Nice BCM53128 switch with flawed management interface (can disable via hardware hack) PROS: - true 802.1q VLAN tagging support, at a very low price - excellent wire-speed performance, tested @ 950+Mb/s in iperf on 6 ports at once, so long as Flow Control is disabled (see below). The main chip is a Broadcom BCM53128, which seems slightly faster and more efficient than the Realtek RTL8380 used on competing switches from TP-Link and Zyxel. - very low power use, approx. 1W - 3W dependent on ports in use (~ 0.25W DC / 0.45W AC base plus 0.3W per connected 1000M port, or 0.2W per 100M port). Traffic levels seem not to affect this much, though cable length might, since it tries to use lower transmit power on short cables. The switch-matrix core runs on 1.2V, with 3.3V for I/O, both provided by efficient switchmode buck regulators (unlike some switches that use a hot-running, linear step-down from 3.3V to 1.2 or 1.8V, at < 50% efficiency). - silent operation, with no fan or coil whine. Despite the lack of a fan, mine never even gets noticeably warm. There is a reasonably sized heatsink on the main chip, and a thermal pad under the PCB, allowing the case bottom to serve as an additional heatsink. - good build quality. Just one electrolytic capacitor, which is a Nichicon (reputable Japanese brand) 220uF on the power input, over-rated at 25V when operating at 12V. Main switch chip is a Broadcom BCM53128. Case is solid metal, compromised slightly by a stick-on platic piece around the ports for labeling, which another reviewer complained about. - happily runs on the variable 12V battery bus (10.5-14.4V) from an offgrid DC power system - starts up quickly, from cold-powerdown to forwarding traffic in about 8 seconds, far faster than any "true" managed switch (Catalyst, Juniper, Procurve etc.)CONS: - management interface, whether via web or Windows app is limited and cumbersome, especially when configuring VLANs, though is most cases this is only a one-time annoyance, set-and-forget - typical of switches in this class, there's no CLI management, nor SNMP, so tracking port activity with MRTG, etc. is not possible. Omitting these probably does reduce both cost and power use, though. - The management controller, integrated within the BCM53128 is a weak CPU derived from the 1980s-vintage, 8-bit Intel 8051, which is easily overloaded. This explains the lack of HTTPS SSL support, occasional dropped HTTP requests, etc. It's actually impressive they managed to squeeze an IP stack and web interface onto such a small CPU at all. - This limited 8051 service processor would only affect management functionality (it isn't part of the main switch-fabric data path at all), except for a dumb decision on Netgear's part to configure the switch registers to send a copy of *all* HTTP (tcp port 80) traffic, originating from any port, to this tiny management CPU.This has the effect of badly crippling the layer-2 Flow-Control feature, causing any and all HTTP traffic flowing through the switch to be bottlenecked to about 10Mb/s whenever Flow Control is switched on. The reason is that flow-control rate limiting kicks in whenver any port receiving the traffic gets overloaded, the weak management CPU effectively connects to a internal 9th, on-chip port that seems to run at only 10Mb/s, AND all web traffic from anywhere to anywhere (even when bearing an 802.1q VLAN tag!) gets uncontrollably copied to the phantom port-9.This wouldn't be so bad if the web interface could be moved to a less important port than tcp/80, set to listen to requests only from one specific switch port, or disabled entirely (until next power-cycle, say, or even semi-permanently until a factory reset), but none of these options are provided.Netgear does seem to ship these switches with Flow Control turned OFF by default, masking the performance problem, and in many cases Flow Control is undesirable anyway, but it can be useful in cases where a node on your network can't keep up with full Gigabit rates, but can do better than 100M. Many low-power single board computers fall into this category and can benefit from FC.The management controller can also be a big security hole, since it doesn't respect VLAN boundaries at all, and copies of its transmissions get relayed to ALL ports, in-the-clear and untagged, regardless of VLAN membership status. The switch effectively reverts to just a dumb hub whenever the hidden Port 9 is involved.HARDWARE MOD:If you don't mind voiding your warranty with a small bit of soldering, it's thankfully possible to disable this ill-behaved web interface and completely disconnect the BCM53128's 8051 management controller from its switch fabric, eliminating its security exposure and letting Flow Control work as intended, with no more weird slowdowns affecting port 80 . Here are the steps:1. First Get everything configured as you like in the web interface, setting up and testing all VLANs, etc. Reboot the switch and verify it comes up in the desired configuration.2. Open the cover and find tiny surface-mount resistor R75, between the main chip and the ports, near the crystal oscillator. Desolder this resistor. See my first photo, where it's already been removed, leaving bare pads.R75, which I measured at 4.4k in-circuit, pulls BCM53128 pin 43, "EN_8051_TxRx" high, to 3.3V. It CAN just be left floating if you don't mind losing the web (and Windows-config-tool) interface permanently after initial setup.3. If you want to be able to toggle the web interface off and on, solder a very fine-gauge wire to the removed R75 resistor's pad nearest the main chip, and another such wire to a 3.3V power pin anywhere on the board-- you could use the other side of R75, but it's easier to grab this voltage from a less closely-spaced area. I chose to use the power pin (pin 8) of U5, the 8pin serial EEPROM at upper-right.4. drill a hole on the back panel somewhere to mount a small toggle switch. Solder one of its terminals to the R75 pin (BCM531128 pin43, EN_8051_TxRx signal) through a 3.3k-ohm resistor. Solder the other toggle switch terminal to any convenient 3.3V pin, through a 1k-ohm resistor (optional - these two resistors in series approximate the original 4.4k-ohm pullup, but anything in the ballmark should work)Note that EN_8051_TxRx is only latched during reset, so after flipping the switch you have to power-cycle the switch for it to take effect. At least this Netgear is fast to reboot, but having to do so makes its port traffic & error counters effectively useless, unless you leave management enabled all the time.If you want to add a RESET button also, solder a fine wire to the right-hand (near the coil) terminal of resistor pad R7, which should be empty to begin with. This goes to the Shutdown terminal of the 3.3V switchmode regulator, and grounding it (through a 1k-ohm resistor) even briefly will cause a clean reset via 3-pin power-supervisor chip U3. That IC actively drives the BCM53128 RESET pin both high and low, so you can't safely pull RESET down directly.Rather than mounting a physical toggle switch, since my GS108e is in a hard-to-reach spot I decided to bring out these control signals (EN_8051_TxRx, +3.3V, RESET-via-regulator-shutdown) to a 4-pin header, which plugs into GPIO outputs on a nearby router, allowing management-enable and reset functions to be controlled remotely. Anyone going this route should ensure both systems share a common logic ground, and take care to never drive either signal to more than 3.3V Documentation on the BCM5128 is hard to come by, but I very much doubt it's 5V-tolerant. 4Don't hesitate to buy for a client or your location if you need that extra management but not full layer 3. Price to feature set is amazing. You get a nice set of layer 3 features but you don't need a degree in IT Networking to figure it out. I've been a corporate IT consultant for 12 years now and I hold certs with HP networking and Cisco and I can say that bang for the buck, this Netgear switch series has all the features your standard office setup would need. You can Vlan, traffic prioritize and get some good analysis from the device.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. 5Powerful, reliable managed switch for a reasonable price, just a few things that make it difficult to use. This (JGS524E) was one of my first purchases for a home ethernet retrofit project. I purchased this for a few reasons:- I wanted something rack mountable.- I wanted lots of extra ports for cheap.- I wanted gigabit speeds.- I wanted some more advanced switching features at a cheap price so I could experiment at home a bit.I cannot fault this switch for any of these things. It certainly delivered and at a reasonable price of $119.99 (then lots of gift cards, so less than $20 for me). This switch (and the 8 port version of this switch) have been incredibly reliable and met my needs. I can't remember a time where I've had to unplug this switch for any reason (except when I screwed up configuration and blocked myself from accessing it). You would think this would earn a 5 star review, but a few things made me knock this down 2 stars.- This switch comes ready to mount to a rack, however, the power cable was an issue for me. I purchased a wall mount patch panel bracket instead of more expensive rack and the power cable won't fit. I had to purchase a separate right angle power cable so that I could properly mount it to the bracket. This only cost a few bucks, but an unexpected cost that you might not think about in advance (especially if you are a networking n00b like me).- The UI for these switches is a bit clunky. If you have multiple Netgear switches managed through the software, you can only configure one at a time through the software. You can get around this by using the web interface, but I would love the option to use the software to have side-by-side configuration.- Netgear documentation is pretty bad. While trying to wrap my head around VLANs and how I wanted my network setup in my house, I struggled a lot with properly configuring this. In addition to that, I was originally using a Linksys router in front of this switch. Trying to match up the terminology of Linksys with Netgear configuration got a bit confusing. I can't really fault Netgear for being different from Linksys, it just added a bit of a headache to configuring the advanced settings. In fact, the Linksys router just did not work the way I had expected it to work, so I eventually ended up swapping out the router for a Ubiquiti USG. Once I did this, I was able to properly configure my VLANs and get expected results. This this isn't necessarily a con towards this switch, but better documentation might have made this process a bit less painful.- I tried using Netgear support to assist me in proper VLAN configuration between the Linksys router and Netgear switch and they were not helpful at all. They just directed me to Linksys support and ended the conversation. Again, I can't really give Netgear too much hassle for this (it is entirely unreasonable to expect a company to support another companies hardware), but I do wish there was some kind of a support path for mixed product networks (as opposed to no help at all). I know, asking a lot, but it would make me feel better about bringing business to Netgear in the future.At the end of the day, it all depends what you want to use this switch for. If you just need to run lots of ethernet through your home and don't care about the advanced features, this switch is NOT for you. You can save yourself a few bucks with the unmanaged version of this switch. If you're like me and want to experiment and learn some new things, this switch will definitely get the job done and at a reasonable price. Just be prepared to struggle a little bit with documentation/configuration. 3Worked right out of the box, cheapest way to get VLAN tagging. Software on CD is atrocious. Worked right out of the box, cheapest way to get VLAN tagging.Words of wisdom:- I have changed my network from 192.168.1.1 to something else for security's sake, so I could not navigate directly to the firmware webpage.- In order to find the device, I had to install the software that came on the CD to assign an IP address to the switch.- The software that comes on the CD is VERY old and VERY intrusive.- The advice: make a restore point before installing the software, change the IP Address of the switch, then restore your PC.- Yep, the software on the CD is THAT bad.- And another thing...as soon as you've assigned a static lease to the switch on your router, backup the router. Otherwise...you'll have to go through all these steps again if you need to restore your router to a previous backup.PASSWORD CHANGE ISSUES:1. manual says 20-character limit.2. Trial and Error: you must manually type in the new password in order to change it.3. It bears repeating: If you copy/paste from your password manager into the "New Password" field, it will not change the password. You have to type it in manually in order to get it to change.I stand by the 5-star rating because it functions as advertised and it's 1/2 the price of higher-end managed switches. Just beware that the web interface is rudimentary at best, and the software that comes on the CD is worse. 5Lasted 3 months Was delivered new on May 20. I am connected to gigabit AT&T fiber service. My internet service has been intermittent to the TV, or so I thought, I even cancelled DirectTVNow because of it. I don't watch a lot of TV. The other weekend, end of July, I did some testing with a meter and determined that this unit cuts out intermittently. Wow what a disappointment! I really liked its features too. After the Netgear 8-port Gigabit Switch was unplugged for a few hours it came back to life but then cut out again completely. It's no good. Add insult to injury; I can no longer return it.The one star is for its good looks. Caveat emptor. 1Netgear has no live customer support, the software does not work and these switches crash each time Windows 10 is updated Do NOT Buy any Netgear products, the software and equipment is extremely unstable and the April 25, 2018 Microsoft update makes these switches only good as doorstops. If, you have a legacy computer running Windows 7, they will work, but knowing Microsoft, they will find a way to update Windows 7 so that all of the peripherals will cease working, or you use the iOS or Google operating system, or are using Linux, they work, however, do not expect any customer support from Netgear, you must rely on the "community" exclusively. If you are using Windows 10 don't even think about trying to use Netgear products, but if you are using any other operating system, just realize there really is NO customer support. 1Great small addition to a managed network Not a bad switch for the price. I needed to extend managed VLANs to a guest house on our property which is connected to a Netgear GS724T 48-port managed switch.This GS105Ev2 is pretty straight forward. Took me a minute to figure out how to configure the 802.1Q VLANs as there are four different VLAN setup configurations you can choose from (Port Based - Basic; Port Based - Advanced; 802.1Q - Basic; and 802.1Q - Advanced). For true VLAN support choose 802.1Q Advanced. Configuring the VLANs is a little clunky: you have to assign the VLANs to ports, assigned the PVID to the port, then go back and remove the unneeded or untagged VLANs from the ports. Not intuitive but for less than $50.00 I'm not complaining.Device firmware upgrade required a TFTP server although the documentation says HTTP upgrade is available.For the security professional out there, I port sweptTCP 1-1024 and the device only responds on port 80. Advanced sweeping (meaning try to access even if port shows closed) still only showed port 80 open. A small SSL/TLS server probably would be nice but, since this device is isolated upstream and restricted access is in place elsewhere in my network, managing via port 80 isn't too much of a concern for me.I monitored my firewall and found no evidence that the device was trying to connect out to the internet (NTP, updates, "phone home") which is nice. Only traffic I saw initially was a DHCP request. 5Does not support Static Link Aggregation despite claim on product information page. I bought this switch specifically to experiment with Static Link Aggregation (or VLAN Trunking in Netgear argot), but despite the claim on the product page that it supports Link Aggregation, it does not. Turns out that Netgear publishes a single manual for a about dozen products (which you have to download separately because it is not shipped with the product0, including this one, and only some of them support Link Aggregation, but that limitation is not revealed until you look up the chapter on Link Aggregation. It's going back 30 minutes after the unboxing.Would save a lot of time and product returns if the exception is clearly posted in the product information on Amazon, not buried in a manual that is not even shipped with the product. 1GS108E -- Good Switch unless you ever need to update the firmware. Applies to GS108E and GS105E: I strongly recommend against upgrading the firmware if you're managing the switch remotely.Changed from previous 5 star review to 1 star for 2016 because there is a many year old, extremely buggy, still broken firmware update process. I have at least 5 of these and have been happy with them up until I recently decided to upgrade the firmware. Netgear programmed a major design flaw into the firmware upgrade process: If the upgrade fails the switch will do nothing except accept a firmware image, effectively bricking the switch unless you can find a way to successfully upgrade the firmware. Even hard resetting to factory defaults doesn't get you out of firmware accept mode. No fallback is terrible design.To make matters worse there's a known TFTP timeout issue on switches which will often cause the firmware upgrade to fail. The solutions in Netgear forums require dropping to command line, manually adding the switch into your arp table using command line, along with having your computer connected directly to the switch, power cycling etc. Heaven forbid your not physically in the same geographic space as the switch....On one of my switches none these command line steps helped. I will not be buying anymore of these.See the Netgear forums for more info about the bug: [Link to Netgear forums removed because Amazon was flagging it...] 1This switch is built like a steel vault; Thanks Netgear for yet another bulletproof product! These switches are perfectly designed to give you just the right amount of ports with just the right amount of management software in a web browser. This switch is built like a steel vault. I doubt this will ever stop working. Ethernet standard worldwide will likely die out first!Anyway, as an IT admin I use these at scanning workstations, printer depots and in equipment rooms to give extra ports where I need them. I can't always run a new line back to my primary Cisco SG-300 business switch because our building is old and running cable is expensive and difficult. I have had ZERO issues with saturation, conflict, LAN dropping, address issuing/resolution and port speed. ALL devices run at gigabit and perform as expected! Thanks Netgear for yet another bulletproof product! 5
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Description
  • ETHERNET PORT CONFIGURATION: 24 Gigabit ports
  • CONFIGURATION & CONTROL: Management software with easy-to-use GUI interface offers basic capabilities to configure, secure, and monitor your network.
  • VERSATILE MOUNTING OPTIONS: Supports desktop or rackmount placement, and includes all the necessary mounting hardware in the box
  • SILENT OPERATION: The fanless design means zero added noise wherever its located, making it ideal for noise-sensitive environments
  • PROSAFE LIFETIME PROTECTION: Covered by an industry-best Lifetime Limited Hardware Warranty, Next Business Day Replacement and 24/7 chat with a NETGEAR expert
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Designed to optimize power usage lowering its cost to operate. Most models are compliant with IEEE802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet mode.
  • BUILT TO LAST: Every NETGEAR Network switch is rigorously tested for reliability, quality, and performance.
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Nice BCM53128 switch with flawed management interface (can disable via hardware hack) PROS: - true 802.1q VLAN tagging support, at a very low price - excellent wire-speed performance, tested @ 950+Mb/s in iperf on 6 ports at once, so long as Flow Control is disabled (see below). The main chip is a Broadcom BCM53128, which seems slightly faster and more efficient than the Realtek RTL8380 used on competing switches from TP-Link and Zyxel. - very low power use, approx. 1W - 3W dependent on ports in use (~ 0.25W DC / 0.45W AC base plus 0.3W per connected 1000M port, or 0.2W per 100M port). Traffic levels seem not to affect this much, though cable length might, since it tries to use lower transmit power on short cables. The switch-matrix core runs on 1.2V, with 3.3V for I/O, both provided by efficient switchmode buck regulators (unlike some switches that use a hot-running, linear step-down from 3.3V to 1.2 or 1.8V, at < 50% efficiency). - silent operation, with no fan or coil whine. Despite the lack of a fan, mine never even gets noticeably warm. There is a reasonably sized heatsink on the main chip, and a thermal pad under the PCB, allowing the case bottom to serve as an additional heatsink. - good build quality. Just one electrolytic capacitor, which is a Nichicon (reputable Japanese brand) 220uF on the power input, over-rated at 25V when operating at 12V. Main switch chip is a Broadcom BCM53128. Case is solid metal, compromised slightly by a stick-on platic piece around the ports for labeling, which another reviewer complained about. - happily runs on the variable 12V battery bus (10.5-14.4V) from an offgrid DC power system - starts up quickly, from cold-powerdown to forwarding traffic in about 8 seconds, far faster than any "true" managed switch (Catalyst, Juniper, Procurve etc.)CONS: - management interface, whether via web or Windows app is limited and cumbersome, especially when configuring VLANs, though is most cases this is only a one-time annoyance, set-and-forget - typical of switches in this class, there's no CLI management, nor SNMP, so tracking port activity with MRTG, etc. is not possible. Omitting these probably does reduce both cost and power use, though. - The management controller, integrated within the BCM53128 is a weak CPU derived from the 1980s-vintage, 8-bit Intel 8051, which is easily overloaded. This explains the lack of HTTPS SSL support, occasional dropped HTTP requests, etc. It's actually impressive they managed to squeeze an IP stack and web interface onto such a small CPU at all. - This limited 8051 service processor would only affect management functionality (it isn't part of the main switch-fabric data path at all), except for a dumb decision on Netgear's part to configure the switch registers to send a copy of *all* HTTP (tcp port 80) traffic, originating from any port, to this tiny management CPU.This has the effect of badly crippling the layer-2 Flow-Control feature, causing any and all HTTP traffic flowing through the switch to be bottlenecked to about 10Mb/s whenever Flow Control is switched on. The reason is that flow-control rate limiting kicks in whenver any port receiving the traffic gets overloaded, the weak management CPU effectively connects to a internal 9th, on-chip port that seems to run at only 10Mb/s, AND all web traffic from anywhere to anywhere (even when bearing an 802.1q VLAN tag!) gets uncontrollably copied to the phantom port-9.This wouldn't be so bad if the web interface could be moved to a less important port than tcp/80, set to listen to requests only from one specific switch port, or disabled entirely (until next power-cycle, say, or even semi-permanently until a factory reset), but none of these options are provided.Netgear does seem to ship these switches with Flow Control turned OFF by default, masking the performance problem, and in many cases Flow Control is undesirable anyway, but it can be useful in cases where a node on your network can't keep up with full Gigabit rates, but can do better than 100M. Many low-power single board computers fall into this category and can benefit from FC.The management controller can also be a big security hole, since it doesn't respect VLAN boundaries at all, and copies of its transmissions get relayed to ALL ports, in-the-clear and untagged, regardless of VLAN membership status. The switch effectively reverts to just a dumb hub whenever the hidden Port 9 is involved.HARDWARE MOD:If you don't mind voiding your warranty with a small bit of soldering, it's thankfully possible to disable this ill-behaved web interface and completely disconnect the BCM53128's 8051 management controller from its switch fabric, eliminating its security exposure and letting Flow Control work as intended, with no more weird slowdowns affecting port 80 . Here are the steps:1. First Get everything configured as you like in the web interface, setting up and testing all VLANs, etc. Reboot the switch and verify it comes up in the desired configuration.2. Open the cover and find tiny surface-mount resistor R75, between the main chip and the ports, near the crystal oscillator. Desolder this resistor. See my first photo, where it's already been removed, leaving bare pads.R75, which I measured at 4.4k in-circuit, pulls BCM53128 pin 43, "EN_8051_TxRx" high, to 3.3V. It CAN just be left floating if you don't mind losing the web (and Windows-config-tool) interface permanently after initial setup.3. If you want to be able to toggle the web interface off and on, solder a very fine-gauge wire to the removed R75 resistor's pad nearest the main chip, and another such wire to a 3.3V power pin anywhere on the board-- you could use the other side of R75, but it's easier to grab this voltage from a less closely-spaced area. I chose to use the power pin (pin 8) of U5, the 8pin serial EEPROM at upper-right.4. drill a hole on the back panel somewhere to mount a small toggle switch. Solder one of its terminals to the R75 pin (BCM531128 pin43, EN_8051_TxRx signal) through a 3.3k-ohm resistor. Solder the other toggle switch terminal to any convenient 3.3V pin, through a 1k-ohm resistor (optional - these two resistors in series approximate the original 4.4k-ohm pullup, but anything in the ballmark should work)Note that EN_8051_TxRx is only latched during reset, so after flipping the switch you have to power-cycle the switch for it to take effect. At least this Netgear is fast to reboot, but having to do so makes its port traffic & error counters effectively useless, unless you leave management enabled all the time.If you want to add a RESET button also, solder a fine wire to the right-hand (near the coil) terminal of resistor pad R7, which should be empty to begin with. This goes to the Shutdown terminal of the 3.3V switchmode regulator, and grounding it (through a 1k-ohm resistor) even briefly will cause a clean reset via 3-pin power-supervisor chip U3. That IC actively drives the BCM53128 RESET pin both high and low, so you can't safely pull RESET down directly.Rather than mounting a physical toggle switch, since my GS108e is in a hard-to-reach spot I decided to bring out these control signals (EN_8051_TxRx, +3.3V, RESET-via-regulator-shutdown) to a 4-pin header, which plugs into GPIO outputs on a nearby router, allowing management-enable and reset functions to be controlled remotely. Anyone going this route should ensure both systems share a common logic ground, and take care to never drive either signal to more than 3.3V Documentation on the BCM5128 is hard to come by, but I very much doubt it's 5V-tolerant. 4Don't hesitate to buy for a client or your location if you need that extra management but not full layer 3. Price to feature set is amazing. You get a nice set of layer 3 features but you don't need a degree in IT Networking to figure it out. I've been a corporate IT consultant for 12 years now and I hold certs with HP networking and Cisco and I can say that bang for the buck, this Netgear switch series has all the features your standard office setup would need. You can Vlan, traffic prioritize and get some good analysis from the device.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. 5Powerful, reliable managed switch for a reasonable price, just a few things that make it difficult to use. This (JGS524E) was one of my first purchases for a home ethernet retrofit project. I purchased this for a few reasons:- I wanted something rack mountable.- I wanted lots of extra ports for cheap.- I wanted gigabit speeds.- I wanted some more advanced switching features at a cheap price so I could experiment at home a bit.I cannot fault this switch for any of these things. It certainly delivered and at a reasonable price of $119.99 (then lots of gift cards, so less than $20 for me). This switch (and the 8 port version of this switch) have been incredibly reliable and met my needs. I can't remember a time where I've had to unplug this switch for any reason (except when I screwed up configuration and blocked myself from accessing it). You would think this would earn a 5 star review, but a few things made me knock this down 2 stars.- This switch comes ready to mount to a rack, however, the power cable was an issue for me. I purchased a wall mount patch panel bracket instead of more expensive rack and the power cable won't fit. I had to purchase a separate right angle power cable so that I could properly mount it to the bracket. This only cost a few bucks, but an unexpected cost that you might not think about in advance (especially if you are a networking n00b like me).- The UI for these switches is a bit clunky. If you have multiple Netgear switches managed through the software, you can only configure one at a time through the software. You can get around this by using the web interface, but I would love the option to use the software to have side-by-side configuration.- Netgear documentation is pretty bad. While trying to wrap my head around VLANs and how I wanted my network setup in my house, I struggled a lot with properly configuring this. In addition to that, I was originally using a Linksys router in front of this switch. Trying to match up the terminology of Linksys with Netgear configuration got a bit confusing. I can't really fault Netgear for being different from Linksys, it just added a bit of a headache to configuring the advanced settings. In fact, the Linksys router just did not work the way I had expected it to work, so I eventually ended up swapping out the router for a Ubiquiti USG. Once I did this, I was able to properly configure my VLANs and get expected results. This this isn't necessarily a con towards this switch, but better documentation might have made this process a bit less painful.- I tried using Netgear support to assist me in proper VLAN configuration between the Linksys router and Netgear switch and they were not helpful at all. They just directed me to Linksys support and ended the conversation. Again, I can't really give Netgear too much hassle for this (it is entirely unreasonable to expect a company to support another companies hardware), but I do wish there was some kind of a support path for mixed product networks (as opposed to no help at all). I know, asking a lot, but it would make me feel better about bringing business to Netgear in the future.At the end of the day, it all depends what you want to use this switch for. If you just need to run lots of ethernet through your home and don't care about the advanced features, this switch is NOT for you. You can save yourself a few bucks with the unmanaged version of this switch. If you're like me and want to experiment and learn some new things, this switch will definitely get the job done and at a reasonable price. Just be prepared to struggle a little bit with documentation/configuration. 3Worked right out of the box, cheapest way to get VLAN tagging. Software on CD is atrocious. Worked right out of the box, cheapest way to get VLAN tagging.Words of wisdom:- I have changed my network from 192.168.1.1 to something else for security's sake, so I could not navigate directly to the firmware webpage.- In order to find the device, I had to install the software that came on the CD to assign an IP address to the switch.- The software that comes on the CD is VERY old and VERY intrusive.- The advice: make a restore point before installing the software, change the IP Address of the switch, then restore your PC.- Yep, the software on the CD is THAT bad.- And another thing...as soon as you've assigned a static lease to the switch on your router, backup the router. Otherwise...you'll have to go through all these steps again if you need to restore your router to a previous backup.PASSWORD CHANGE ISSUES:1. manual says 20-character limit.2. Trial and Error: you must manually type in the new password in order to change it.3. It bears repeating: If you copy/paste from your password manager into the "New Password" field, it will not change the password. You have to type it in manually in order to get it to change.I stand by the 5-star rating because it functions as advertised and it's 1/2 the price of higher-end managed switches. Just beware that the web interface is rudimentary at best, and the software that comes on the CD is worse. 5Lasted 3 months Was delivered new on May 20. I am connected to gigabit AT&T fiber service. My internet service has been intermittent to the TV, or so I thought, I even cancelled DirectTVNow because of it. I don't watch a lot of TV. The other weekend, end of July, I did some testing with a meter and determined that this unit cuts out intermittently. Wow what a disappointment! I really liked its features too. After the Netgear 8-port Gigabit Switch was unplugged for a few hours it came back to life but then cut out again completely. It's no good. Add insult to injury; I can no longer return it.The one star is for its good looks. Caveat emptor. 1Netgear has no live customer support, the software does not work and these switches crash each time Windows 10 is updated Do NOT Buy any Netgear products, the software and equipment is extremely unstable and the April 25, 2018 Microsoft update makes these switches only good as doorstops. If, you have a legacy computer running Windows 7, they will work, but knowing Microsoft, they will find a way to update Windows 7 so that all of the peripherals will cease working, or you use the iOS or Google operating system, or are using Linux, they work, however, do not expect any customer support from Netgear, you must rely on the "community" exclusively. If you are using Windows 10 don't even think about trying to use Netgear products, but if you are using any other operating system, just realize there really is NO customer support. 1Great small addition to a managed network Not a bad switch for the price. I needed to extend managed VLANs to a guest house on our property which is connected to a Netgear GS724T 48-port managed switch.This GS105Ev2 is pretty straight forward. Took me a minute to figure out how to configure the 802.1Q VLANs as there are four different VLAN setup configurations you can choose from (Port Based - Basic; Port Based - Advanced; 802.1Q - Basic; and 802.1Q - Advanced). For true VLAN support choose 802.1Q Advanced. Configuring the VLANs is a little clunky: you have to assign the VLANs to ports, assigned the PVID to the port, then go back and remove the unneeded or untagged VLANs from the ports. Not intuitive but for less than $50.00 I'm not complaining.Device firmware upgrade required a TFTP server although the documentation says HTTP upgrade is available.For the security professional out there, I port sweptTCP 1-1024 and the device only responds on port 80. Advanced sweeping (meaning try to access even if port shows closed) still only showed port 80 open. A small SSL/TLS server probably would be nice but, since this device is isolated upstream and restricted access is in place elsewhere in my network, managing via port 80 isn't too much of a concern for me.I monitored my firewall and found no evidence that the device was trying to connect out to the internet (NTP, updates, "phone home") which is nice. Only traffic I saw initially was a DHCP request. 5Does not support Static Link Aggregation despite claim on product information page. I bought this switch specifically to experiment with Static Link Aggregation (or VLAN Trunking in Netgear argot), but despite the claim on the product page that it supports Link Aggregation, it does not. Turns out that Netgear publishes a single manual for a about dozen products (which you have to download separately because it is not shipped with the product0, including this one, and only some of them support Link Aggregation, but that limitation is not revealed until you look up the chapter on Link Aggregation. It's going back 30 minutes after the unboxing.Would save a lot of time and product returns if the exception is clearly posted in the product information on Amazon, not buried in a manual that is not even shipped with the product. 1GS108E -- Good Switch unless you ever need to update the firmware. Applies to GS108E and GS105E: I strongly recommend against upgrading the firmware if you're managing the switch remotely.Changed from previous 5 star review to 1 star for 2016 because there is a many year old, extremely buggy, still broken firmware update process. I have at least 5 of these and have been happy with them up until I recently decided to upgrade the firmware. Netgear programmed a major design flaw into the firmware upgrade process: If the upgrade fails the switch will do nothing except accept a firmware image, effectively bricking the switch unless you can find a way to successfully upgrade the firmware. Even hard resetting to factory defaults doesn't get you out of firmware accept mode. No fallback is terrible design.To make matters worse there's a known TFTP timeout issue on switches which will often cause the firmware upgrade to fail. The solutions in Netgear forums require dropping to command line, manually adding the switch into your arp table using command line, along with having your computer connected directly to the switch, power cycling etc. Heaven forbid your not physically in the same geographic space as the switch....On one of my switches none these command line steps helped. I will not be buying anymore of these.See the Netgear forums for more info about the bug: [Link to Netgear forums removed because Amazon was flagging it...] 1This switch is built like a steel vault; Thanks Netgear for yet another bulletproof product! These switches are perfectly designed to give you just the right amount of ports with just the right amount of management software in a web browser. This switch is built like a steel vault. I doubt this will ever stop working. Ethernet standard worldwide will likely die out first!Anyway, as an IT admin I use these at scanning workstations, printer depots and in equipment rooms to give extra ports where I need them. I can't always run a new line back to my primary Cisco SG-300 business switch because our building is old and running cable is expensive and difficult. I have had ZERO issues with saturation, conflict, LAN dropping, address issuing/resolution and port speed. ALL devices run at gigabit and perform as expected! Thanks Netgear for yet another bulletproof product! 5
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