The Netgar GC108PP is an 8-port network switch with PoE+ capabilities. We recently looked at the Netgear GS710TUP 10-port Ultra60 60W POE++ Switch which is designed for higher-power devices. It also requires active cooling and comes at a much higher cost. The GC108PP offers up to 126W of PoE capacity over 8 ports.
Netgear GC108PP Review 8-port Fanless PoE+ Switch
The front of the GC108PP is fairly straightforward. We have our standard power and status LEDs along with the eight RJ-45 ports. This is an 8-port 1GbE switch. As much as we are pushing for 2.5GbE these days, there are a huge number of devices such as IP cameras and phones that simply do not even saturate 1GbE speeds.
The rear of the unit has a Kennsington lock as well as a DC input.
A defining feature of this is actually the perforations on the sides and rear of the chassis. The GC108PP is a fan-less design. Fan-less means silent which can be a huge consideration in the buying process. This switch can both deliver a lot of power, but also be placed in an inhabited working area without making disruptive noise.
Inside the switch, we can see the PCB. We basically have ports on top along with the switch chip and some of the power input on the bottom right. Many PoE switches, especially PoE+ switches like this one have large and complex internal power supplies. You can see our Netgear GS710TUP Review for a good example. Since the PSU is external here, we have a relatively simple internal design.
While the PoE+ capability is clearly the defining attribute of this switch, it still needs to move data. These days, 8x 1GbE ports worth of traffic is relatively easy to move. Indeed, many low-power SoCs have 10Gbps networking built-in and the aggregate port bandwidth on this switch is not even as much as a single 10Gbps port. As a result, we get a relatively small heatsink on the switch chip even in this passive configuration. Given the idle power consumption, this part is likely using well under 5W.
Although the GC108PP may seem small, that is only part of the picture. There is a large 130W power adapter. As a PoE+ switch, this unit can deliver up to 30W to a single port so it cannot deliver 30W x 8 ports = 240W. At the same time, the rated 126W we get is split over 8 ports which is over 15W per port we would get with standard PoE. If you are wondering how we are getting 126W of power for PoE instead of 130W from the power adapter, the 4W delta is for the switch operation and moving data. If you want to learn more about different power levels of PoE, see our Key Differences of PoE vs PoE+ vs PoE++ Switches a STH Guide.
We are also going to note here that the GC108PP includes a white and flat Ethernet cable. This is a nice little addition and these flat cables can be easier to route under floors or other architectural elements.
Next, we are going to take a look at the management before getting to our performance, power consumption, and noise testing.