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Ah nuts, I waited for this deal but finally got the GS208 2 weeks ago for $24.99. I guess I'll keep it for the aesthetics....

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After I posted this I went and installed my GS208, it is tiny compared to the old non gigabit FS608 I replaced. Also it does not have optional feet to stand vertically like the FS608. I like that the power and the ports are on the same side...I have a router, a cable modem, and a switch in a 12 x 12 cubby floating wall shelf that is hiding an ethernet wall panel that feeds out to the rooms in the house, so it is visible but clean looking due to short runs of cat 6 patch cables.... I don't feel so bad now. I realize it is plastic but it's not going to be moved around. One hiccup - I was running ethernet from wall port into my (old) cp850pfclcd before my pc - and my speed was not showing any change. As soon as I went direct into the pc skipping the UPS protection I had the benefit of the new switch. I'm confused as to why the UPS is throttling the internet speed - maybe it's not gigabit....off to research.
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Ah nuts, I waited for this deal but finally got the GS208 2 weeks ago for $24.99. I guess I'll keep it for the aesthetics....

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After I posted this I went and installed my GS208, it is tiny compared to the old non gigabit FS608 I replaced. Also it does not have optional feet to stand vertically like the FS608. I like that the power and the ports are on the same side...I have a router, a cable modem, and a switch in a 12 x 12 cubby floating wall shelf that is hiding an ethernet wall panel that feeds out to the rooms in the house, so it is visible but clean looking due to short runs of cat 6 patch cables.... I don't feel so bad now. I realize it is plastic but it's not going to be moved around. One hiccup - I was running ethernet from wall port into my (old) cp850pfclcd before my pc - and my speed was not showing any change. As soon as I went direct into the pc skipping the UPS protection I had the benefit of the new switch. I'm confused as to why the UPS is throttling the internet speed - maybe it's not gigabit....off to research.
I think I'd prefer the GS208, because it doesn't have the power cable awkwardly sticking out of the front. The only problem is it has so many flashing lights on the front. Man it's hard to find networking equipment for my home theater. Why does all networking stuff have to be an LED rave party? I'm not a network whisperer. I can't see the code in the matrix based on how many times a light flashes per second. Just feed internet snacks to my TV box.
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I think I'd prefer the GS208, because it doesn't have the power cable awkwardly sticking out of the front. The only problem is it has so many flashing lights on the front. Man it's hard to find networking equipment for my home theater. Why does all networking stuff have to be an LED rave party? I'm not a network whisperer. I can't see the code in the matrix based on how many times a light flashes per second. Just feed internet snacks to my TV box.
Black electric tape over LED...
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I think I'd prefer the GS208, because it doesn't have the power cable awkwardly sticking out of the front. The only problem is it has so many flashing lights on the front. Man it's hard to find networking equipment for my home theater. Why does all networking stuff have to be an LED rave party? I'm not a network whisperer. I can't see the code in the matrix based on how many times a light flashes per second. Just feed internet snacks to my TV box.
If you think the GS308 has the power cable awkwardly sticking out of the front, you need to re-evaluate front and back. Hint: the front is shown on the box...
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Great deal for a new unmanaged switch. I bought a used netgear gigabit unmanaged switch last week for $13+$5 shipping and it has been great.
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I think I'd prefer the GS208, because it doesn't have the power cable awkwardly sticking out of the front. The only problem is it has so many flashing lights on the front. Man it's hard to find networking equipment for my home theater. Why does all networking stuff have to be an LED rave party? I'm not a network whisperer. I can't see the code in the matrix based on how many times a light flashes per second. Just feed internet snacks to my TV box.
This one has a cover as well as a button to turn off the network activity lights.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076H9RQTW/
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I think I'd prefer the GS208, because it doesn't have the power cable awkwardly sticking out of the front. The only problem is it has so many flashing lights on the front. Man it's hard to find networking equipment for my home theater. Why does all networking stuff have to be an LED rave party? I'm not a network whisperer. I can't see the code in the matrix based on how many times a light flashes per second. Just feed internet snacks to my TV box.
Can't help with the LED's but this one has all connectors + power at the back.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C2H0..._lig_dp_it
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Considering this is not a managed switch the deal is lukewarm
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It works for me if I the lights aren't near something important. For these you can use black nail polish but it will take a few coats.
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Hi need some help? Looking to hard wire Xbox, pc and other e/e through ports I will install throughout the house. Besides the cat cable is this the right unit for the job? Not looking to do more then about 5 items. Thanks.

If so, can you explain how it works. Router plugs into this then wires shoot out to outlets devises, correct?
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Hi need some help? Looking to hard wire Xbox, pc and other e/e through ports I will install throughout the house. Besides the cat cable is this the right unit for the job? Not looking to do more then about 5 items. Thanks.

If so, can you explain how it works. Router plugs into this then wires shoot out to outlets devises, correct?
If you are using cable internet you would have a cable modem. Xfinity will lease you an all in one cable modem with wi-fi built in. I prefer to own my devices and separate the modem from the wi fi from the switch.
Netgear's wegsite has a lot of info for homeowners explaining things. ex.types of switches [netgear.com]. Small Net Builder [smallnetbuilder.com] tends to keep on top of the router charts and has good info. So does Make Use Of. [makeuseof.com]

Things to consider:
Are you remodelling? Putting cables in the walls?
PoE [netgear.com] (power over ethernet) ports needed for your devices?
Gigabit ethernet speeds needed? Cables should be cat 6 or higher - long runs and your patch cables and all ports should be gigabit capable.

In my case: ran cat 6 cables throughout the house over 10 years ago from a media room during a massive remodel where house was gutted to the frame. This location should have a telephone jack in case you need DSL. And a coaxial cable jack if using cable, good to have both for options. Each cable runs in the walls all the way to the destination room. I used Leviton quickports [leviton.com]. Destination room has ethernet port in desired location. Media room has modem, short 1 foot cat 6 patch cable from modem to wi fi router, router usually has 4 ports like on the switch, you can connect any devices to those, including switches. So I have one going directly to PC in that room, one going to switch. Switch cables are going out to the Leviton Quickport wall panel that has the ports going to the rest of the house.

You can get a whole lot more high tech than this, racks etc. More modern devices. You can research different ways of home networking on line and look at networking maps to get an idea of options available these days and what best suits your home and device need situation. Try to future proof a bit if you can.
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