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Confirmation that this model is the V2 GS108T-200UKS
on 8 March 2012
As the image shows, but not so clear after reading other resellers descriptions, I can confirm that this is the V2 GS108T-200UKS model in small grey box rather than the larger blue boxed V1.
I had previously installed a couple of GS108T's in a small school and the switches have worked reliably for a number of years and I was pleased with how it performed and what features it offered. When I wanted to take advantage of some of the features of a managed switch for home, my first port of call was the GS108T. After reading through the alternatives, it was not clear from the description whether this was a V1 or a V2, but the image showed a V2 so I took the plunge. I am pleased to say that it was the V2 that was delivered.
Having been use to the V1, I was surprised at how much smaller is it over the V1. Moving from rear entry to front entry was initially looking problematic, but the weight of the metal case of the unit and smaller size allowed me to tuck it on its side without it wanting to move under the tension of the cables that now had a 90 degree turn in them. Unfortunately not quite so easy to see what ports are active, but its only occasionally I need to do this.
Setup was simple and largely plug and play. I downloaded the management tool to check its IP address and change the password from the default. It configures by default via DHCP so was OK to plug straight in, but probably would not default to anything useful if it could not find the DHCP server. Hopefully it will recover OK after a power failure otherwise it may need a restart. Thankfully the ports of switch seems to work OK even if its IP address is on the same subnet. I don't think the V1 did. Updating the firmware was more problematical though and it took half dozen or more attempts to get the firmware update to complete successfully. Thankfully the GS108T seems quite tolerant of failed downloads.
To be honest, for home use, this switch is overkill. If you are not going to need the managed features, I would go for something more appropriate. If you do want to tinker, be aware that some options can cause issues. I ticked a box and later discovered that this option had disabled DHCP for that port.
The use of a POE (power over ethernet) port on a switch of this price is a nice addition. It does require another network device that can supply that power (such as its sister GS110TP), but it does give more options for remote placement if need be.
All in all, if you need the options offered by a managed or smart switch, this is a good buy. But being a more professional product, it is not as convenient for home use due to the added complexity and front placement of the network ports.