At $69.99, the Netgear GSS108E 8-port model we tested today is an affordable managed switch that offers line rate performance in a convenient form factor. After looking around, we found lower cost managed switches on the market, but all were larger than the GSS108E. We also found several low-cost unmanaged switches, but they were too small to keep the wires from changing location.
The real standout feature of the Click Switch products is the ability to change the orientation and mounting configurations. This feature makes these products versatile so you can put a managed switch where you might normally have issues. With a small modification, you can even use the switch in a Leviton Media Enclosure when building a wiring closet or "wiring box." Many new homes are built with the central point for wires that spread throughout the home, but the switch options are limited at this time.
On the performance side, the GSS108E provides the bandwidth you would expect from a Netgear business class product. The extra managed features like quality of service are nice if you spend the time to configure them. Most users will just plug the GSS108E in, and start using the switch; since the GSS108E is configured to work out of the box, we found this route an acceptable option as well.
PRICING: You can find the Netgear GSS108E for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Netgear GSS108E eight-port model retails for $69.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||92%|
|Value for Money||91%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: Netgear's Click Switch products allow you to place a switch in places that might normally be inaccessible. They are silent, but offer line rate performance in a configurable form factor.
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