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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 Detailed Features

The two SFP connectors on the right hand side of the front panel have small plastic plugs installed at the factory, presumably to keep dust out. Although they are intended to ultimately interface with fiber optic cables for long cable runs, the optics (LEDs, lenses, etc) are completely contained in the adapter plug. The interface from the GS110T to the adaptor plug is 100% electrical, so I'm not sure what the dust covers are protecting.

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Once the top cover is removed, most of the construction details are laid bare. There's one printed circuit board, which covers the entire width and depth of the unit, and all the components, functions, lights, connectors are integrated on the one PCB. The board is held down with screws to standoffs on the bottom plate and is very firmly mounted. Only one of the chips on the PCB has a heatsink attached to it, and there are very few integrated circuits on the board itself, indicating a high level of integration into the main chip. The switches with Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) have a few more components added into the mix, as the heavy current delivery demands are not yet integrated into high-end switching devices. The passive heat transfer from the main IC is aided by a silicone pad sandwiched between the top cover and the aluminum heatsink. Part of this design is meant to transfer heat to a bigger radiating area, and it's also intended to maintain pressure on the heatsink to keep it firmly planted on the chip it serves. This is one of the clear lessons in CPU cooling we've learned at Benchmark Reviews, that consistent, firm pressure at the heatsink/chip interface is a key element in heat transfer performance.

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Looking at the bottom of the PCB, once it's removed from the case, we see a couple of insulating components. The larger sheet of thick insulating plastic sheet is kept in place by the four mounting screws which pass through it, and another silicone thermal pad, that you can't see yet. The smaller, round domed components are specialized covers for the slotted screw holes on the bottom plate, which are used for wall mounting. Two of the four stainless steel standoffs that the PCB sits on are visible at the far end of the chassis.

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The PCB has a very simple overall layout. Power comes in at the lower right, and is filtered and regulated there. All the I/O is along the top edge of the board, including the manual switches and indicators. The main switching IC in the center is surrounded by its support chips. Just to the right, partially hidden under the heatsink is the FLASH memory where all the configuration settings are stored. To the left of the main IC is the DDR 400 DRAM, and located in the ideal spot, between the switch IC and the Ethernet connectors, are the pulse transformers that isolate the signals and provide the proper terminating impedance.

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Directly below the main IC, which does duty as a Switch, CPU, and x8 PHY, there are a hundred or so surface mount devices soldered to the PCB. Just like in a video card, where the area around the GPU gets hotter than the rest of the card, backside cooling in this spot is an effective way to pull heat out of the assembly. In this case, NETGEAR used another of the silicone thermal pads to both even out the temperature on the PCB and transfer some heat out to the bottom surface of the metal case.

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Now that we can get a good look at the PCB, let's dig down one more later, to the chip level. The next section is called Technology Details...



 

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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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