We have talked more and more about the way home networking is getting just as complex as some corporate networks and how the line between consumer and enterprise is blurring rapidly. We are seeing this as the home becomes a place where large media files are zipping back and forth through Ethernet cables or through the air. The need for something to prioritize this kind of traffic is growing daily and devices like the GS605AV will be very important to current and future home networks.
In practice we found the NETGEAR GS605AV to be laughably simple to setup and use. Just about anyone can set this up; there are labels and color codes to make this a snap. We do wish there was a version with more than five ports (and more than three levels of QoS), but in reality most homes will not need more than this (yet).
The speeds we recorded and the performance we observed when the GS605AV was set up correctly were more than sufficient to make this a worthwhile product. When you add in the $46.99 price from NewEgg.com it becomes even more attractive for anyone interested in controlling their internal bandwidth.