|Item model number||GS324-200NAS|
|Item Weight||2.88 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||13.66 x 11.02 x 3.11 inches|
|Date First Available||January 15, 2021|
NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS324) - Desktop, Wall, or Rackmount, Silent Operation
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- 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Simple plug-and-play setup with no software to install or configuration needed
- Supports desktop, wall or rackmount placement, and includes all the necessary mounting hardware in the box
- Energy efficient design compliant with IEEE802.3az
- Silent operation ideal for noise sensitive environment
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The NETGEAR 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch with simple plug-and-play, compact desktop design, and auto-sensing ports provides easy, reliable, and affordable connectivity for your home or small office network. A rugged metal enclosure, silent, fanless design, and both wall mount and rack mount kits allow for convenient deployment to build out your SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) network. Auto-MDI/MDIX (eliminating the need for crossover cables), jumbo packet support, auto-negotiation for automatic connection at highest speeds, non-blocking switching architecture for maximum throughput, and energy-efficient technology for power savings (IEEE 802.3az and short cable power reduction) make the GS324 the perfect switch for the SOHO environment..
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Initially, I was impressed. It was compact and solidly built. It negotiated with my various computers very quickly (1 to 5 seconds) and transferred data at over 100 Mbytes per second. Its temperature was never warmer than ambient (roughly 65 degrees F). It worked fine … for 32 days!
One morning I could not connect with my e-mail. After trying to ping the server, then other computers on my LAN, then my modem/router, I went to investigate. I found that the switch had power (the power LED was green) but the port indicators were dark on have the ports and the other half indicated Gigabit connections even with no devices connected. I tried cycling the power – no change. I disconnected all the Ethernet cables and cycled the power again – no change. I disconnected the power for 5 minutes and reconnected – no change. The switch was dead. I reinstalled my old 3Com switch so that I had a working network. Everything worked fine.
Because I had registered it with Netgear, tried to submit a warranty claim on the web site but they wanted "proof-of-purchase" in the form of an image. I was unclear what they wanted so I contacted Amazon to see if they had some form that would satisfy this requirement. This was best thing about this experience because the technical folks at Amazon were amazing. I explained my problem to Millena in the Amazon chat room and she contacted Netgear for me. After about an hour of waiting, we finally got someone at Netgear. Millena was going to call me and conference the Netgear technician into the call. Netgear declined to participate in a conference call because of privacy concerns. So Millena connected me to Netgear and dropped out of the call but we stayed in the online chat.
After I described in detail the steps I had taken and the state of the switch, the Netgear technician insisted I walk through her script which included disconnecting my 3Com switch (severing my online chat with Millena) and repeating all the steps I had already told her I had done. Finally satisfied that the switch was dead, she offered to create an RMA and gave me three options: 1) send the dead switch to them (at my expense) and when they received it they would send me a replacement; 2) give them $16.90 to send me a replacement by ground transportation with a return shipping label; or 3) give them $29.90 to send me a replacement by air with a return shipping label. So much for their warranty!
I contacted Amazon, again. This time I chatted with Chris. After I explained the Netgear RMA options, Chris offered to refunded my purchase and give me a return shipping label. I took the offer and replaced the Netgear switch with a similar switch from Cisco – a little more expensive but its reviews were generally more positive (nothing less than a 3).
Let me be clear: new electronics sometimes fail and need to be replaced but the hoops that Netgear required to make a warranty claim are unacceptable. I device that fails within 90 days should be replaced expeditiously for free. I give the switch a D and Netgear gets an F.
As for the Netgear 16-port switch? Well, amigo - It's worked flawlessly for me. Operation is literally plug-n-play. My Eero router feeds an Ethernet cable into the Netgear switch and from there, the Netgear feeds Ethernet cables throughout our home. I have had zero problems. It's a solid piece of kit and I would happily buy it again. Both Eero and Netgear have been rock solid for our home.
I also read each and every single review on this product before buying this switch. Some were amusing.
One day the network went down and during troubleshooting I found the switch had simply stopped passing data - the lights were flashing but nothing on the switch was communicating with each other, much less passing or getting data from the Internet port. I find it does this fairly regularly - you might ask why I didn't get it replaced during the warranty - it ran out before I truly understood that the switch was just hanging and not something else on the network. Unplugging the switch from the power and then reconnecting the power resolves the network issue.
Two and a half years later it appears to be getting worse - so now I am going to replace it - with 16-port switch from another brand. I have always had good success with the Netgear line, but this version of the switch appears to have issues - just read the comments elsewhere here and at other sites. When the switch works, it works great. When it locks up, it hoses things. Maybe look elsewhere. YMMV
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That's a review from a non-gamer, non-techie, non-handy, luddite known for using a hammer as a "persuader". So I can't tell you what speed the switch is delivering, only that it's enough. We have 2 people streaming movies and U-tube videos, and lots of regular internet browsing and on-line shopping. Thankfully the house is dumb, not smart. I don't want to sell my private life to Lord Sauron (Amazon) and neither should you. But for this review, that means I am not running Lord Sauron's army of slaves and listening bugs through the switch. Just a simple set up with half a dozen computers tablets and printers.
Unit is solidly constructed and looks like it will outlast me. However, the next step here is to add wireless access points or a mesh wifi system. Best placement up high, which brings a need for PoE, which this switch does not have. So if you're installing new, consider paying more for the model with PoE or PoE+.
YOU WON'T REGRET GETTING THIS STUFF!
Reviewed in Canada on December 15, 2020
YOU WON'T REGRET GETTING THIS STUFF!
Just be sure to register this on the netgear website!