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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

NETGEAR GS110T Conclusion

Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. As Albert Einstein said, "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are times that unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes occur after publication, that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusions, as they represent our product rating for the sample received which may also differ from retail versions.

The performance of the NETGEAR ProSafe GS110T SmartSwitch was every bit as good as it needed to be, to meet industry standards. Sorry, no amount of overclocking, overvolting or anything else is going to make it exceed 1000 Mbps. In fact, it didn't quite make 1000; it only pulled 868 Mbps in the TCP/IP testing. The two routers I tested got a little better performance out of the two test systems, both averaging about 940 Mbps. As I've experienced in NAS testing, GbE can be a real performance restraint when you've got more than 4 HDDs in RAID, which are each capable of 125MB/s transfer rates. Until costs for 10GbE network gear come down though, we're stuck with single GbE. UDP performance was worse for all of the devices I tested, The two switches both fared worse than the two routers, and the GS110T had its performance cut in half. I'm inclined to chalk that up to a configuration setting that I didn't get right, as the unmanaged switch did much better.

The appearance of the NETGEAR GS110T is clearly aimed at the business consumer. This is not a product that you're going to see on the shelves of your local big box store. The plain cardboard box it comes in, also underscores that aspect of its market positioning. Just because the outsides aren't trendy or flashy doesn't mean that it doesn't look good, though. I happen to like understated design themes, so I warmed up to the GS110T right away. The appearance is still modern, even if it isn't a white, rounded rectangle.

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The construction of the GS110T SmartSwitch was top notch. The enclosure was quite sturdy and well fitted together. All the mating parts lined up perfectly and when it was time to reassemble the unit after the teardown, and it went back together very easily. There were no sharp edges to worry about and the surface finish on all the parts was impeccable. The PCB was manufactured to a very high standard, one of the best I've seen in a while. These switches are designed to last a long time and operate in tough environments, and high build quality is a prerequisite for reliability.

Functionality is where the GS110T really shines. Smart switches in general have more features than their unmanaged siblings, but there is no hard and fast rule for what functionality must be included in order to qualify as a smart switch. The Smart Control Center software that handles all the management functions for the ProSafe series of switches is very comprehensive and relatively easy to use. The security features alone make it worth the price of admission, to me. Don't take my word for it, go back and read the middle sections of this review and see for yourself.

The NETGEAR ProSafe GS110T SmartSwitch is available for $119.99 from both NewEgg and Amazon. Considering all the features you get, compared to an unmanaged switch, and the better build quality for the ProSafe product line, I think these smart switches offer reasonable value for money. For those who only need the 3-4 ports on the back of a typical home router, the price probably seems high, but those who can use the special functions that are only available on a smart switch will see it as a good value and a necessary purchase.

The new class of Smart Switches aren't for everyone, but for those that have a need for their expanded feature set, they're a real game changer. Their cost is way below business class switches, and they have just the right amount of tools and controls to make the difference between a secure network and one that's vulnerable from within. There are several models in the ProSafe product line that are similar to the GS110T, and have either fewer or more ports. They are close enough in design that a large portion of this review is applicable to them, as well. The models that have Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) are different enough on the hardware side that I can't really speak about them at this time. The software features I described should all be there, along with some additional tools for the power distribution functions.

Pros:

+ Excellent build quality
+ Comprehensive software controls
+ Flexible security features
+ Good throughput on TCP/IP traffic
+ Very little heat output
+ Expected long-term reliability
+ Software ease-of-use
+ Fiber optic ports, if you need them
+ Easy setup with appropriate defaults
+ Excellent documentation
+ Large product line with many choices
+ Strong user community support

Cons: goldentachaward.png

- UDP performance lags way behind TCP/IP
- Price may be an issue for home users
- Didn't beat my unmanaged switch on performance

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.15 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

COMMENT QUESTION: What feature do you like most on the NETGEAR ProSafe GS110T?


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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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