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Written by Bruce Normann   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
NETGEAR ProSafe GS110T Gigabit SmartSwitch
Closer Look: NETGEAR GS110T
Detailed Features
Technology Details
Features and Specifications
SmartSwitch Setup
SmartSwitch Security Settings
Network Switch Testing Methodology
TestResults
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

Closer Look: NETGEAR GS110T

The ProSafe Smart Switch product line is two layers removed from the consumer line of devices, and its form, fit, and function is consistent with its place in the product hierarchy. A grey suit in the business world imparts a certain gravitas to the wearer, and the same trick works for networking equipment. There are a total of ten GbE ports lined up in a row on the front panel; eight of them are the common RJ-45 spec, and two are Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) Ports. We'll explore the SFP ports in more detail later, but the important thing to know is that they are for interfacing with fiber optic cables, and they have a potential transmission range of 10 km. The overall package is slim and sturdy, with an all metal case. Some people like to have the ports on the front, with integrated status lights, as the GS110T has. Other folks like to have the ports on the back, with separate status lights on the front panel. I'm always plugging things in and taking them out, or trying to figure what's plugged into what, so I like having the ports on the front. In a typical home environment though, I can understand wanting the ports in the back, to avoid cable clutter. For larger, rack mounted units, rear ports are definitely the way to go.

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The eight RJ-45 connectors on the front of the GS110T are auto-sensing and auto-negotiating ports with Auto UplinkTM capability. Most users will see both green LED indicators lit on a port that's in use, indicating the presence of a valid 1000 Mbps link. They both blink when packets are transmitted/received on that port. Slower connections (10/100) use combinations of the left and right port LEDs to signal the same thing. The SFP ports are similar in operation, but there is just one LED per port, and it sits to the left of the port instead of being integrated into the connector body. At the far left, the power LED indicator turns yellow while the switch is booting up and green when it's ready for normal operations. Two reset buttons can be accessed through small holes in the front panel. The one marked "Reset" does a hard reboot, just the same as pulling the power plug, and no configuration settings are changed in the process. The one marked "Factory Defaults" resets everything, including the password, VLAN settings, and individual port configurations. I never had the need to use the reset button, as the switch didn't need to be rebooted during my testing, which spanned several months. I did reset the unit back to its Factory Defaults several times, when I wanted to reconfigure the switch for different purposes.

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The bottom is mostly unadorned, with four small rubber feet that come packaged in the box, and are applied by the user, if needed. The cross-slotted holes towards the center of the bottom plate can be used for wall mounting the switch, if desired. The default IP address for accessing the switch is printed on the S/N label here. This is a welcome aid, as I usually have to go back to the product manual to find this information. This means more paper, stuffed in a drawer somewhere, taking up space.

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The rear of the GS110T is also very plain, with only a few necessary features. The power receptacle is on the far right and accepts the typical pin & sleeve DC plug from the supplied 12V/1A wall wart PSU. On the far left are a grounding screw and a hole for a Kensington lock. Since one likely use case for this switch, with its two fiber optic ports, is remote deployment, the lock hole might prove useful. This is just the sort of device that would be useful in a small conference room, with eight ports for users in the room and a fiber link back to the main LAN room.

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The NETGEAR GS110T is reasonably well ventilated, with holes on both sides of the unit and the rear, where they have very little chance of being blocked. There is no fan; all the airflow is passively induced. During the time I used it, it never got beyond "warm" on the outside surfaces. The center of the top cover seemed to be the warmest spot, but as I said, it wasn't hot by any stretch. We'll take a look later at the internal packaging, and see what kind of heat sinking is required for chips that can pump 20 Gbps around on a continual basis.

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The left side of the GS110T looks similar to the right hand side. In this view you can see the device is booting up (Yellow Power LED) and during the initial startup, the Link/Activity LEDs on the eight RJ-45 sockets light up to show they're working.

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Now that we've seen the external features of the GS110T, let's break out the tools and see what's under the hood.



 

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# Teamingjcgeny 2013-02-05 11:12
the switch is nearly the same than the one i just buy: the GS108T-v2
i am very happy to see you gave more than 9/10

i wonder what can be results of udp and tcp if you use 2 network cards in a teaming configuration
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# RE: TeamingBruce 2013-02-05 11:13
Teaming, 802.3ad, Link Aggregation, LACP... they're all very fickle functions. They all promise a faster "pipe", but only deliver a wider one. My experience with NAS devices and Win 7 workstations has been very frustrating. Linux and Win Server are probably better equipped to use this functionality in a straightforward way.

I will keep investigating, as new equipment is added to the test bench, but ultimately 10GbE or another standard that is faster than GbE will take over.
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# Power ConsumptionCraig 2013-02-25 00:06
Nice thorough technical review.

I am particularly concerned with energy consumption of all my computing infrastructure since much of it is left on 24/7 (SOHO).

Specifically for a "switch" I like to know power usage and power factor ratings at the wall plug with all ports in use and zero ports in use. Some switches like my DLINK DGS-1024G drop power usage to 2.5W when none of the 24 ports are in use, and detect cable lengths and reduce individual port power levels on shorter cable runs. Does the NETGEAR GS110T have any of these "Green" features? How about adding a "Green" rating to your reviews?

My application is home use. At any one time there may be 30+ active IP's. This covers VoIP, Media Centers, TV, MP3 players, Cell Phones, PVR's, Computers, Laptops, Printer... most are wired, but about 5 are wireless. I have 4 "green" gigabit switches running continuously, 1 "primary" and 3 "secondary" in high density drop locations.

With this much equipment running, "green" is an important purchase consideration to me. And I do spend more to get power conserving "green" equipment. For the NETGEAR GS110T, it appears the "Green" rating wasn't a design consideration and is N/A. Obviously if I need the NETGEAR GS110T features, this won't matter much, unless there is a competitor offering a "green" alternative with the product features I need.

Otherwise, a great review... Thanks!
Craig
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# It's Green....Bruce Normann 2013-02-25 09:42
Thanks for the feedback Craig,

The GS110T does support Auto Power-Down of unused ports, and Short Cable Mode. They are both configurable in the device management software. To access these settings, click System > Management > Green Ethernet Configuration.

Youre right about the Green features not being very prominently described in the Features and Specifications, I had to go to the 244 page Software Administration Manual to find the details. At this point, not every product in the NETGEAR line supports both of those energy-saving features, so it's important to do the research and get an explicit answer, if it's important to you.

I'll try and see if I can get the power measurements you're looking for... I have another switch on the testbed right now, a new, low cost 10GbE model. I'll try to pay more attention to the power usage while testing it.
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# Energy Efficient EthernetCraig 2013-02-28 18:32
Here's an interesting link on the "green" idea which also provides compelling arguments which could be used in a review (hint)...

#en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Efficient_Eth ernet

As it points out, just the network controller part of computing uses 5.3 terawatt-hours of electricity in the US as of 2005. I doubt this figure has gotten any better. ;)
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# RE: NETGEAR ProSafe GS110T Gigabit SmartSwitchJerry Suppan 2013-07-29 05:18
Hello I am a newcomer to the world of network smart switches. I am not sure what would really be the appropriate switch for me to consider for my home network. The home network consists of up to about five computers and 2 networked printers and one synology NAS device. One of the computers, and Mac Mini, is connected to my Front room TV will be streaming video content from my synology NAS device in the back room. So, I am thinking link aggregation is one important feature. Can this product do link aggregation? In other words using two ports each having a 1 Gb per second throughput in combination? I recently acquired the Synology 1513+ NAS device and it has 4 Gb ports on the back. I can use a couple of these or all of these in combination but to make any use out of that, the switch has to support aggregation. Thanks much.
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# LACPBruce 2013-07-29 06:14
Hi Jerry, Yes, this product does support link aggregation. It might not behave the way you are thinking, though. You will get more throughput from the NAS when you have multiple clients hitting it. For instance, if two PCs were doing their nightly backup to the NAS at the same time you were streaming video, you are less likely to interfere with the video stream than if you just had one GbE connection going to the NAS.

You have 11 ports listed in your tally, so I would suggest a 12 port switch, or maybe even a 16 port, if you think your needs will expand. I don't see any devices that can take advantage of the fiber optic connections that the NETGEAR GS110T offers, so perhaps another model in their product line will be best for you.
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# Aggregation and Media PlayersCraig 2013-07-30 19:26
Jerry,
I have a home network setup similar to what you are describing; Media Centers, VoIP, networked MP3 players, computers, server, etc. All running on vanilla gigabit. When playing a 12GB 1080p with 6-channel DTS or AAC audio the media players work fine even when using 100BaseT. The server (or NAS) needs to be gigabit to handle multiple streams. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see if each player works with 100BaseT that one gigabit connection will probably support something close to 10 of these media players.

My equipment: DLink DGS-1024D "green" 24 port unmanaged switch, server 8-core Linux with 12TB storage and 1 gigabit ethernet channel, all gigabit cable is CAT5e or CAT6. Media Players are a mix of WD-Live and ASUS. I have 30 active IP's on my network; 4 computers, 5 networked MP3 players, 4 DVR's (which also share video programming over the local network), 5 VoIP, 1 X-Box, 1 WiFi router for I-Pods and Android phones, and probably a few other devices I'm forgetting and transient networked equipment which comes and goes.

In my experience, a properly configured home system doesn't need more than gigabit speeds for multiple media players operating against local NAS sources. Part of "properly configured" is do -not- stack switches more than 2 between your device and DHCP server.

For different reasons, I agree with Bruce, a different switch may better serve your needs. If I were looking again, I might look for a "Green" managed switch.

I had a longer response typed, but this site caused my browser to "refresh" and I lost my original response.
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