Netgear GS108PP Performance
The Netgear GS108PP on one hand has a leading feature in PoE+. On the other hand, it is still an 8x 1GbE switch on the data side. As a result, we get performance around where we would expect:
There is not much to say here. 1GbE networking is lower-end these days. A 1Gbps link is a higher data rate than most cameras can utilize and within a PoE+ 30W power budget it should handle most devices. At the same time, we are starting to see WiFi 6/ 6E devices need 2.5GbE uplinks instead of 1GbE uplinks. The idea of hanging multiple 1GbE connected WiFi 6 APs off of this switch seems like it would be a bad idea given the very limited 1GbE uplink performance.
Next, we are going to take a look at power consumption and noise.
Netgear GS108PP Power Consumption and Noise
When it comes to power consumption, the GS108PP has a 130W power supply. As a result, part of the switch design is to maximize PoE+ power availability. We only managed to get the switch part, without PoE/PoE+ devices connected to under 5W which seems to be in-line with the switch having ~123W available for PoE devices.
Something that is important with this that there is a GS108LP option which is only a 60W PoE power budget part (67.5W PSU.) It seems as though the primary difference is the power adapter. That unit sells for around $90 so it is about $35-40 more expensive to about double the power supply output.
In terms of noise, this is a fanless design so it was silent in our testing.
While this is perhaps not the fanciest switch we have ever tested, our sense is that Netgear probably sells a lot of these. Sometimes you simply need a PoE switch and that is exactly what this unit provides. With the latest WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E APs, we are seeing power requirements increase. As a result, PoE+ and soon PoE++ will be required more often.
In terms of pricing, we will leave an auto-updating affiliate Amazon affiliate banner below that will show current pricing. We paid $127 for ours and we often see these in the $120-130 range. That is a fairly enormous premium for adding PoE features, but it is common to see a large premium in the industry especially given how close in price the managed version is.
The low-end PoE market feels like one that is ripe for disruption. As we move to a world where offices, homes, and small businesses will have more connected devices, PoE will be an increasingly important aspect of environments. Years ago, PoE was a bit more of a premium alternative when PoE cameras and IP phones were more expensive. Having no 10GbE uplink port in this price range and having a relatively high cost for a 130W power adapter is getting harder to justify as the years go by. Still, it is one of the lower-cost options on the market at this point which makes it interesting.