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A classic Netgear design that works well
on 13 April 2012
This can be used horizontally or, by attaching a pair of flexible stands, also vertically. However, if used with the feet attached, connecting or removing a cable will necessitate holding the switch as well as the cable as there is nothing to prevent slippage on a surface. The device is extremely light and it could be dragged from its position by the weight of the attached cables unless they are secured to something solid.
Powered via an adapter, a small green indicator lights up when connected. When Ethernet cables are inserted and connected to another device, a further light is illuminated to confirm connection. Once data is carried on that cable, the light then flashes as further indication. This is provided with 8 ports, sufficient for most home users but you could chain in another if you needed any more. That might prove cheaper than buying a 16- or 24-port professional alternative. If you do not need Gigabit speeds, there is the identical-looking FS series which is substantially lower-priced.
The device uses bi-colour LEDs, green for Gigabit speeds and amber for the slower 10/100. The speeds obtained depend partly upon the device connected and the cables used. For the best and most reliable transfers at Gigabit speeds, I would suggest using CAT6 cables as they are only slightly more expensive that CAT5 or CAT5e. I now tend to standardise on CAT6 simply because it excludes the possibility of mistaking a lower-spec cable for a higher one.
There is a small criticism however, and it applies to all Netgear products that share this design. There is at the rear a fairly wide lip that surrounds the back plate which contains the Ethernet and power sockets. That can rather hinder the disconnection of the Ethernet cables in the event that one needs to be replaced or is no longer needed. Consequently, I have downgraded the rating to 4 stars.
Since installation, it has proven highly reliable in use and has never needed to be reset by disconnecting power - there is no reset switch as such. However, I have found it difficult to sometimes remove some cables as access to their release catch is restricted due to the overhanging lip at the rear.