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NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-port Smart Switch (XS708E)

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  • Ideal switch for SMBs considering simple and affordable 10GE connectivity into their 10GE-capable servers and storage devices.
  • 8 ports deliver up to 10Gbps of dedicated, non-blocking bandwidth per port
  • Simple, yet useful network set-up on top of plug-and-play connectivity
  • VLAN support for traffic segmentation
  • Quality of Service (QoS) for traffic prioritization
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 57 x 9 x 34.9 cm ; 3.6 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 Kg
  • Item model number: XS708E-100NES
  • ASIN: B00B46AEE6
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 9 2013
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,028 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Industry's First SMB Switch with 10-Gigabit Connectivity

NETGEAR® continues to lead the networking industry with the ProSAFE® Plus 10-Gigabit Switch (XS708E), the market's fi rst costeffi cient 10-gigabit switch. Built for Small and Medium Businesses, the XS708E provides eight 10G connectivity ports at a price that SMB customers can aff ord. With the enormous growth of network traffi c and network storage in recent years, many SMBs, like their large Enterprise counterparts, are operating with big data, requiring their network to upgrade to 10G for better network performance and improved business efficiency. The XS708E is the right solution for this need.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ce75180) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb39ac8) out of 5 stars Netgear 12-Port ProSafe 10 Gigabit Smart Switch XS712T Jan. 16 2014
By S.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Netgear 12-Port ProSafe 10 Gigabit Smart Switch XS712T

I've decided that is time to upgrade my home network to 10G since even with teamed 1GBit NICs I cannot get acceptable throughput. Initially I was considering getting used Infiniband switch and bunch of controllers that are very inexpensive on fleabay but then decided that Ethernet standard is much easier to implement. SO I started looking for 10GBase-T...

Network cards and switches that support copper 10GBase-T are just a few at this moment, and most of them are awfully expensive. Netgear XS712T (along with XS708 but it is unmanaged) are the only ones within the price range for small offices/home users. I didn't actually purchase XS712T here as it was 20% more expensive than I found it on fleabay brand new.

The next thing was to shop for network cards, I needed at least 4 for my home lab project. I decided to get Intel X540-T2 mainly because it is new generation Intel controller and also because it has two 10G ports I can bond together for 20G link. I was able to purchase X540-T2s for little over 200 bucks ea which is a great deal considering they are over 5 Benjamins everywhere :-)

Back to Netgear XS712T. The interface is almost the same as for older Smart switches so there is no surprise, it is easy to configure/manage. All essential features that you can expect from an entry-level business-class switch. Lifetime warranty if you buy it from registered reseller (don't forget to request and invoice and check with Netgear to ensure that they will honor a warranty). There are some sellers here and there that will sell you a new switch but Netgear will refuse the warranty because they are not in their list.

Now the cons. This thing is loud!! There are two small 40mm fans that are spinning on high rpm so if you think that you can install this one in your office, just forget! It is noisier than my 48-port gigabit Trendnet switch with 3 or 4 fans inside! I had to hack the switch and add custom cooling using 80mm and 120mm fans that are almost inaudible but provide great airflow. For sure, that will void the warranty if they can prove anything but there really no visible signs since I use the same holes to hold 80mm fans previously used for 40mm on the left side of the switch, one screw per fan) and I mounted 120mm fan horizontally over large heatsink on top of main Broadcom processor.

So, overall I am happy with my purchase. I had to replace my existing CAT5e cables with CAT6a just to be sure that I will get the max from this switch and all devices connected over 10G. Since I have a centralized storage (Synology DS3611xs with Intel X540-T2 dual GbE adapter) I am using Link Aggregation to bond the links to Synology and to my two vHOSTs, and single ports connected to workstations. I have dual JDS Uniphase 52P6539 SPF modules (got them new for less than $4/ea at fleabay) for a bond link to my main SG500-28 switch (also with same JDS modules and cheap LC-LC optical cable). Just for testing purposes I've set the Synology with 9x Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSDs (RAID5) without any tweaking and got almost a 1GB/sec throughput (I am going to fill DS3611xs with 4TB Hitachi Ultrastars and build all-flash storage with DS1813+).

XS712T even works with my existing CAT5e cabling since it was probably rated for over 350MHz and the distances are less than 10m between all connected devices. 10GBe opens a door to test desktop virtualization that was not fun over 1GB connection, and copy large files (I am talking about 10-100GB) in a matter of minutes, not hours. I am sure soon we'll see next generation of less expensive 10G switches and third-party 10G NIC, but for now Netgear XS712T is one (of a very few) viable choice(s).

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Edit 2014-02-23: I have 8x Hitachi Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 in RAID6 on DS3611xs connected to the switch, the speed when copying files between DS3611XS and a workstation is around 400-500MB/s (Jumbo frames disabled). Will add 4 more drives once I fill these that should bring more speed as it is with spindles.

I've also modified the cooling system I've previously used. Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black) replaced two 80mm fans and is cooling now the power supply and more of the chips on the mainboard. I still have 120mm fan on top of largest heatsink. The switch is now inaudible and barely warm and helps move the air around other components on my Ikea Besta shelves with back removed :-)

The only thing about my cooling is that there is no way to put back the top panel since the new fans cannot fit under it (200mm fan is adding something like 40mm to overall height of the switch) but this doesn't bother me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb98dd4) out of 5 stars Does what it says. Aug. 22 2013
By DCrane - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
So far this has done exactly what a switch should do: Not be noticed. In a rack the noise is unnoticed. It's louder than a standard desktop but nowhere near any of my 1-4u servers. Still would not want it sitting on my desk.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cba5468) out of 5 stars Great, budget minded, well performing 10Gbit switch! What a surprise from Netgear Dec 11 2013
By Yazon D. Alt - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is a good, budget 10Gbit switch. We are using it at the datacenter for SAN network. So far no complaints about performance or bugs. We also use the 24 port version of this at one of the clients for the storage interlink between servers. In both cases we are satisfied - it allowed us to save $5,000 over the next choice (Dell PowerConnect) and even more over Cisco.

All the basic and required features are present - jumbo frames, VLANs, QOS, etc Works great in our VMware vSphere environment with EqualLogic SANs.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cba5390) out of 5 stars Great switch except it requires Windows to configure Feb. 4 2015
By A. M. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I am using this for some 10GBase-T development work I am doing. So far this switch works well and I can maintain full 10GBps line rate with this switch.

The main drawback of the switch is it requires Windows in order to configure it. Since my entire floor is running Linux it makes it rather difficult to run the configuration software.

For the price, though, I'm not going to complain. It's cheaper to buy this switch than to buy a standalone 10GBase-T to SFP+ adapter and having the SFP+ port is a nice addition.

The switch is also fairly quiet which is nice since it is sitting in my cubical rather than in a server rack.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cacdd50) out of 5 stars excellent value for the capabilities July 21 2014
By D. WOJTOWICZ - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is an excellent value for the capabilities. We purchased this as an inexpensive way to connect several VMware servers to iSCSI storage as well as to route traffice between them (on multiple VLANs) and it has worked perfectly for this purpose.

--Pros--
* excellent value. you won't find these capabilities elsewhere at this price

* fairly extensive management capabilities despite not being listed as a fully-managed product

* easy to use and responsive web-interface

* performs well - we have not observed any performance issues or bugs

--Cons--

* loud fans (just fine for a rack of already noisy servers, but would not be acceptable on a desk in an office environment for example)

* some claimed feature support not fully baked - example: does not actually support all the SNMP mibs listed in specs

* infrequent firmware updates, limited support by netgear (compared to a more expensive vendor - but you are not paying for that)

* if you disconnect yourself from the web interface by using a wrong network setting in the advanced controls, your only recourse is the "reset to defaults" button on the front since there is no serial management capabilities like most managed switches.

Would you use this as a backbone router for your network? probably not. Can you use it to connect a bunch of servers together at high speed? yes!

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