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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 Features

The GS110T is part of the NETGEAR® family of ProSafe® Gigabit Smart Switches. This part of the product line features intelligent network switches in a compact form factor, and is designed for SMB customers needing high performance, enhanced configuration features, and straight forward device management. This particular model has eight 10/100/1000 Mbps ports, each capable of powering 2000 Mbps of data throughput in full-duplex mode. In addition, two dedicated Gigabit SFP ports are available for fiber uplinks, offering greater transmission distance and better security. The GS110T comes with an intuitive, Web-browser interface which offers easier Smart Switch management. The comprehensive interface allows you to monitor switch performance, configure ports, and set up port trunks, VLANs, and traffic prioritization without having to look up commands in the manual. Here's a quick look at some of the basic features and benefits for the GS110T:

FEATURES BENEFITS
Dedicated Fiber Uplink Directly connects to FTTx networks. Used in fiber networks for better security and reliability
Traffic Management Prioritize traffic to ensure quality of latency-sensitive services and applications despite increasing traffic loads
Advanced Security with 802.1x and ACL User-based authentication and added filtering to permit or deny traffic based on MAC or IP addresses
Auto Voice and Auto Video Assist customers to easily set up VoIP or IP surveillance networks with a couple of simple steps
Centralized Management via the New Smart Control Center Discover all the Smart Switches in the network, configure them from a central location; schedule mass configuration and firmware uploads

I've become used to a long list of features and specifications for the Network Attached Storage products I've reviewed recently, especially the ones that offer a variety of consumer-based capabilities in addition to their business-basic functions. I didn't expect that long of a list with a network switch, even one with built-in management, but I was wrong. Let's take a minute to explore what this device offers:

Network Protocol and Standards Compatibility

  • IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX
  • IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-X
  • IEEE 802.3x full-duplex flow control

Administrative Switch Management

  • IEEE 802.1Q static VLAN (64 groups, static)
  • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service (CoS)
  • Port-based QoS
  • DSCP-based QoS
  • DiffServ
  • IEEE802.3ad Link Aggregation (manual or LACP)
  • IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1ab Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • SNMP v1, v2c, v3
  • RFC 1213 MIB II
  • RFC 1643 Ethernet Interface MIB
  • RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
  • RMON group 1, 2, 3, 9
  • RFC 2131 DHCP client
  • Voice VLAN
  • Auto-VOIP
  • DHCP Filtering
  • Auto denial-of-service (DoS) protection
  • HTTP and HTTPS
  • Ping and traceroute
  • Power saving when link down
  • IEEE 802.1x
  • Port-based security by locked MAC addresses
  • IP and MAC ACL
  • Storm control for broadcast, multicast and unknown unicast packets
  • IGMP snooping v1/v2/v3
  • Protected Port
  • Port-based ingress and egress rate limiting
  • SNTP
  • Port mirroring support (many to one)
  • Web-based configuration
  • Configuration backup/restore
  • Password access control
  • RADIUS Support
  • TACACS+ support
  • Syslog
  • Firmware upgradeable

Electromagnetic Emissions

  • CE EN 55022, EN 61000 and EN 55024
  • FCC Part 15 Class B
  • VCCI Class B
  • C-Tick

Safety

  • CE mark, commercial
  • CE EN 60950-1
  • CCC
  • CB
  • KCC

Modules

  • AGM731F 1000BASE-SX SFP Module
  • AGM732F 1000BASE-LX SFP Module
  • AGM733 1000BASE-ZX SFP Module

System Requirements

  • Category 5 UTP Network cables or above
  • Network card for each PC
  • Network software (e.g., Windows®)
  • Web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Netscape 6.0 or higher)

Warranty and Support

  • ProSafe Lifetime Warranty†
  • ProSupport 24x7 Advanced Technical Support, 1 year (included)*

ProSupportTM Service Packs Available

  • XPressHW, Category 1: PRR0331 (3-year next-business day hardware replacement contract)
  • OnCall 24x7, Category 1: PMB0331 (3-year Advanced Technical Support contract, including Remote Diagnostics performed by our technical experts for prompt resolution of technical issues, and next-business day hardware replacement)

* 1-year 24x7 Advanced Technical Support included, including Remote Diagnostics performed by our technical experts for prompt resolution of technical issues.
† Lifetime warranty for product purchased after 05/01/2007. For product purchased before 05/01/2007, warranty is 3 years.

NETGEAR GS110T Specifications

Power Supply

  • Power consumption: 8.5W
  • 12V/1A external power adapter

Network Ports

  • Eight 10/100/1000 Mbps auto sensing Gigabit RJ-45
  • Two Gigabit SFP (Fiber Optic interface modules sold separately)

LEDs

  • Per port: (10/100 and Gigabit): Link/activity, speed
  • Per device: Power

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions:(W x D x H) 236 x 101 x 27 mm (9.29 x 3.97 x 1.06 in)
  • Weight: 0.69 kg (3.7 lb)

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 122° F (0° to 50° C)
  • Storage temperature: -4° to 158° F (-20° to 70° C)
  • Operating humidity: 90% maximum relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Storage humidity: 95% maximum relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Operating altitude: 10,000 ft (3,000 m) maximum
  • Storage altitude: 10,000 ft (3,000 m) maximum

Performance Specifications

  • Forwarding modes: Store-and-forward
  • Bandwidth: 20 Gbps
  • Packet Forwarding Rate: 1,488,000 pps
  • Network latency: Less than 4 nanoseconds for 64-byte frames in store-and-forward mode for 1000 Mbps to 1000 Mbps transmission
  • Buffer memory: 512 KB per system
  • Address database size: 4,000 media access control (MAC) addresses per system
  • Addressing: 48-bit MAC address
  • Flash Memory Size: 16MB
  • SRAM Size & Type: 64MB DDR
  • Mean time between failure (MTBF): 472,147 hours at 25C (~54 years)
  • Acoustic noise: 0

Package Contents

  • ProSafe® 8-port Smart Switch with 2 Gigabit SFP Ports (GS110T)
  • Rubber footpads
  • 12V/1A external power adapter
  • Wallmount kit
  • Resource CD
  • Installation guide

Ordering Information

  • North America: GS110T-100NAS
  • UK: GS110T-100UKS
  • Japan: GS110T-100JPS
  • Europe: GS110T-100GES
  • Australia: GS110T-100AUS



 

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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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