Product Type: Netgear hubs & switches
Newest Review: ... years at a time. The weight of thing gives you confidence that decent quality components have been used and you really are getting what ... more
Running out of network ports - this little switch is just the ticket.
Member Name: eddyfenton
Date: 16/01/12, updated on 16/01/12 (12 review reads)
Advantages: Small and great quality - no set up required, it just works.
Disadvantages: Only for uncomplicated uses, no config options.
If you have run out of network ports or need a small compact but high performance 100meg switch, you can't go far wrong with the Netgear FS105.
It's a really well built piece of kit with a metal construction and will take the knocks and perform for years at a time. The weight of thing gives you confidence that decent quality components have been used and you really are getting what you pay for with this model.
It runs via an external 7.5v power supply (supplied) and has five RJ45 Ethernet ports (one auto sensing uplink and four 10/100 switch ports) along with corresponding data transmission led's both per port and traffic/collision light to the side of the ports. It also has a power light.
There isn't a power switch, so if the power supply is connect, it's on until you either pull it out or switch off at the plug.
With rubber feet it will sit on a shelf nicely, but it's small enough to go pretty much anywhere being only 16cm wide, 10cm deep and 3cm high.
I've never had any problems with this switch and it hasn't ever seemed to need a reboot like some others I've experience over prolonged use. It's also very quiet.
I'd recommend this to anyone who needs a small switch for their business or home network. Plug it in and go.
Summary: A good choice for a small business or the home