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18.5 x 13.7 x 3.9 inches
August 5, 2020
– December 26, 2021
To cut to the chase: I am returning it.
The long story: It’s an ok switch. v3 which means that it is on its 3rd hardware revision. It functions as expected and offers most of what you would expect from a basic managed POE switch except for two things:Port naming and POE power control. The latter blows my mind. Basically the POE 802.3at/af is always on and there is no way for you to power cycle a device without unplugging the RJ45. You might as well call this switch unmanaged if you are going to miss such a basic functionality and this is why I am returning in favor of a cheaper, “real” managed switch.The switch itself is compact and the external power supply uses a not very standard plug which is another reason for me to return it. I would prefer if it was using a common 5.5/2.1mm power plug.
– December 28, 2021
This is the right product of what I was interested in with PoE but alas, the web description is incorrect – hopefully it will be corrected. I need an unmanaged 8-Port and Netgear has the best. This product is a SMART MANAGED and thus I am not smart enough to use it. The GS108 is the most reliable and likely for the money – the best in class – with time to failure 3-4 x longer than PoE or SOHO class similar types. If looking for an affordable one with PoE, then I found GS308P (currently $69 marked down) – but the quality is similar to other lower end SOHO models. I returned this product and have purchased the GS108 ($59) instead.
A Different Name
– January 15, 2022
Need to know: Default IP Address 192.168.0.239 – set your computer to 192.168.0.x (pick any # you want) – and connect to switch. Default password is password. Once logged in, then you can make any/all adjustments on this smart switch. I had issues with the software on the CD as the firmware on the switch was newer and the CD was not able to find the switch. After I had googled a few answers online, I was able to get it up and working. Quiet and so far everything is working.
– January 25, 2022
I got this for my security cameras. I have 20 cameras that I eventually wanted to connect.The cameras were low power basic models that do not require a POE+, but I got it in case I may buy a Pan Tilt Zoom power demanding camera.
I first had 4 cameras, and all was good, then added a few more, and it was OK. After about 9 or 10 cameras this switch which is supposed to be 180+watts(the model I purchased) was just dropping connections way too often. Of course at first I thought it was the wiring or the cameras, etc. And one of the ports just did not work at all. SO I really had 15 ports minus one to connect to the router.
So 14ports and dropping. I called AMazon and they gave me credit rather than return it, as at this time I didn’t know the connections were being dropped due to the switch. SO I had a number of more cameras to add, and with this experience I purchased a BV 10port switch. It came a day late! But I too the load off the Netgear and everything is working fine, other than the one port still dead.
But this goes to show you that after about 9 or 10 cameras, this 16port switch is maxed out!
Not worth the cost if you need all, and certainly not cool to have a bad port.
A. M. Tran
– January 28, 2022
Easy plug-in-play for non techies. for the newbs…you MUST have a router in “front” of the switch for DHCP assignment. You cannot just plug your modem directly into the switch(unless you have a business account from your IPS which allows multiple static addresses or DHCP). If you have any issues Google is your friend. Don’t leave bad feedback because you don’t understand how to use this switch…do your research first.
The fan is a little annoying, definitely not using a quality fan. You can easily purchase a quieter Sunon fan specifically for this model on eBay. I have mine setup in an enclosed entertainment center(yes, it vented) and cannot hear it. If you have it out in the open, on a desk, or sitting next to you it will become annoying.
Generally a simple setup would be: modem –> router –> switch –> devices(computers/access points/surv. cameras)
– February 4, 2022
I purchased this switch in hopes that I could add some PoE cameras to my LAN in thew future. The future has come, I purchased a RLC-422 IP Camera that requires IEEE 802.3af PoE. Plugged it in…….Nothing not connection lights, swapped cable…….nothing. Checked that the JGS524PE is IEEE 802.3af compatible, the support site reads yes.
The switch portion of the “Manged Switch”(Plus) seems to work OK, but I can’t connect PoE devices to it. (which is why I purchased it.) Maybe I don’t know how to turn on the PoE, it seems like the camera needs power to connect, but won’t connect without power. I tried using the sub-par website for help but…..
Because it has been over 90 days, my complimentary support has expired. You can search the support site but you have to read through EVERY POST, you can’t search with-in your product’s support topic/area. If you can, it’s not easy to find. Searching for: JGS524PE PoE brings up generic PoE info or pages and pages of PoE posts for other equipment.
I’m going to keep this as a managed switch(semi) but if your lookingf for PoE, I’d recommend you look elsewhere.
– February 4, 2022
This is a decent switch that offers 8 ports. The footprint is very small and very discrete, which is great for the port density. The switch support 802.1Q and has PoE (15.4W) on 4 of the 8 ports.
Now, for all the not so good stuff… The management console is horrible and not intuitive. You can try using the web-management console or the App, but it’s also just not that great. Creating VLANs and managing them is just bad. While this is a managed switch, you cannot actually change the management IP or the VLAN that it resides on, so you will need to use VLAN 1 to manage the switch and set the gateway and the IP address as per default. I don’t know what happens if you get two of these switches on the same LAN with the same IP addresses.
I wouldn’t recommend this switch at all. Go find a better one that is actually manageable.
– February 9, 2022
Apparently, if you want to configure VLANs on your shiny new JGS516PE, you have to run a special Windows-only configuration utility.
That’s not OK in 2018 and wouldn’t have been OK in 2008. This is the Internet and standards matter.
These days you really expect browser-based configuration of everything. With cryptography. Even if it’s only “semi-managed” or watever. Even without browser support, it would be more reasonable even to require me to provide a TFTP server and a text configuration file than it is to assume I have a Windows machine lying around, or that if I *do* have such a machine I’m prepared to mess around with some weird proprietary program.
I don’t like to return things, but given that there was zero disclosure of this ridiculous limitation, and in fact the description for “Smart Managed Plus” says “Web GUI management”, I’m going to make an exception this time.
– March 8, 2022
So the model I purchased and I am reviewing is the 8-PORT GS108PP 8x PoE @ 123W gigabit switch. I purchased this switch hoping for an affordable solution to power my 5 Ubiquiti UniFi HD In wall access points. Per the spec sheet on those devices the power draw on each is 11w (23 if you are passing through to another PoE device but I am not). This is a total of 55w drawn by the switch and it has an advertised rating of 123W. This is not the case.
If I connect more than three 11 watt devices to the switch any device over port 3 will shut down after a while of use because of lack of power. Please note this is DAMAGING to your equipment. The rated wattage on this switch is not accurate. Additionally, the switch reduces the wattage delivered to additional equipment by port number so the most power is provided on port 1 and the least power is provided on port 8. So it totally makes sense that ports 1-3 worked fine but it would start getting flakey results once ports 4 and 5 were used.
If you have more than 33W of load I would strongly suggest buying another device. This switch was marketed well and in my opinion is falsely advertising the wattage capacity. I did read other reviewer on here complain about similar issues. The switch clearly is not handling the capacity that netgear is claiming and I find that concerning.
I will be returning this device and paying the extra $70 to buy another device that is better suited. Not revealing the one I am buying because I do not want this to sound like a sales diversion. Take it as a hard warning.
– March 24, 2022
The main description of this switch shows it as PoE+, but when I received the switch it provides only 15.4 watts per port.
802.3at (PoE+) should be able to handle up to 30 watts per port so this switch is NOT 802.3at compatible; it is only built for the 802.3af (PoE) standard.
Otherwise it is a good switch that provides lots of functionality over an unmanaged switch. I dropped two stars due to the title being deceptive.
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