Back to Basics
The Netgear JGS524 has no fancy bells and whistles. Instead, it’s designed to cater to those who have a lot of Ethernet cables and no where to connect them. A switch like this expands the physical connectivity capability of your router which in this particular case would be doing all of the management. That’s not to say this switch is poorly made. It keeps the classic metallic blue from older Netgear switches and the durability certainly meets and exceeds expectations.
Although basic in nature, there are a few things important enough to call out:
- 24 ports total (1 will be used as an uplink to the router
- Rack mountable (ears can be inverted for wall mount)
- Internal power supply (standard C13 power cable)
- IEEE 802.1p QoS capable
- 256KB buffer size
- Fanless design
- Front LEDs change orange/green depending on negotiated speed
- Netgear ProSAFE Limited Lifetime Warranty
All in all this is a great switch that can be found anywhere from $120 to $160 USD. If you just want something that works without any hassle, this is one of the best and most reliable options on the market.