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Netgear GS105 Review
The small size that’s coupled with amazing performance is the reason why the Netgear GS 105 is the perfect solution to home networking problems. The device is portable, fast and at the same time has a significantly low power consumption rate.
This device is perfect for the users who would do just about anything to conserve energy because it comes with automatic power down mode that lowers the energy taken up by any ports that are not in use. The packaging would also appeal to these users because it’s comprised of at least 80% recycled materials. One of the benefits that users will be able to note from this switch is speed, which can be attributed to the new technology that is employed in the auto-switching feature that allows devices that work with 10, 100 or 1000 Mbps to be easily incorporated in the network. Users that are looking for a switch that allows installation of the normal Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit devices will find the Netgear GS105 very useful.
There is also a framework of LED lights on the ports that tells users the type of connection that is in use in the given port. This framework makes it possible to tell the activity, speed and the link in each port at a glance. This switch measures 4.1 by 3.7 by 1.1 inches hence it will not present a problem when it comes to fitting it strategically in the network. However, when the power cable and the RJ-45 cables have been connected, there will be a slight increase in the overall dimensions. It would have been better if the manufacturers would have opted for a front-placed power input as opposed to the current design because it would have created more space at the back.
Another thing that should be noted when fitting this device is the fact that the sides are ventilated hence some room should be left for air circulation. One thing that gives the Netgear GS105 very low power consumption rate is the fact that it doesn’t have an inbuilt fan. This gives the users an advantage in two areas because in addition to lowering the power consumption, it reduces the amount of noise produced. You will never hear any noise from the Netgear GS105. When it comes to ease of use, this device gives users an easy time during installation since the only requirement is to know the ports where the different cables go.
There is no need for drivers or any other specialized software to facilitate the functioning of this switch. This gives convenience and at the same time does not compromise on performance. The Netgear GS105 is able function effectively in both Macintosh® and Windows® platforms. Another feature of this switch is the AutoUplink technology that provides automatic adjustment to the two most commonly used sizes of cables. HD streaming is possible in the network, and data transfers range from 100 to 125 Mbps.
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- The Netgear GS105 is manufactured by Netgear and was added in December 2014 in the Switches section
- This product has a rating of 4.9 out of 5
- The best price of the Netgear GS105 in Australia is $32.67 at Megabuy
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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