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8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch with network management features

Item # 941GS308E

This smart Ethernet switch offers configuration and security features for easy network management.

This smart Ethernet switch offers configuration and security features for easy network management.

Item # 941GS308E

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About the NETGEAR GS308E

Built-in network features for connected devices

The NETGEAR GS308E offers eight Ethernet ports for connecting routers, computers, TVs and more. It also features built-in network management features like Quality of Service (QoS) for traffic prioritization, protection against "denial-of-service" (DoS) attacks, and a cable test utility for troubleshooting connection issues. These handy features can be accessed via a web browser or PC-based app.

Built-in network features for connected devices

The NETGEAR GS308E offers eight Ethernet ports for connecting routers, computers, TVs and more. It also features built-in network management features like Quality of Service (QoS) for traffic prioritization, protection against "denial-of-service" (DoS) attacks, and a cable test utility for troubleshooting connection issues. These handy features can be accessed via a web browser or PC-based app.

This switch is "plug-and-play," so it can be used without any configuration. Just connect to your network and to your other devices, and you're done.


Product highlights:

  • Gigabit Ethernet switching for 8 devices
  • flexible browser-based or app-based network settings management
    • protection against "denial-of-service" (DoS) attacks
    • Quality of Service (QoS) for traffic prioritization
    • cable test for troubleshooting connection issues
  • easy plug-and-play setup, configuration, and management
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What's in the box:

  • 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
  • AC power adapter (attached 6' DC cord)
  • 2 Screws
  • 2 Anchors
  • Installation Guide
  • "Read Me First" note

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Gigabit Ethernet Switch: The Netgear GS308E is Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch with 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Netgear's Smart Managed Plus Switches provide fundamental network features such as VLANs, QoS, and IGMP Snooping that will help optimize the performance of business networks. Smart Managed Plus Switches are the perfect upgrade from the plug-and-play managed switch, delivering essential networking features at a very affordable price.

8 Gigabit Ports: The Netgear GS308E Switch is outfitted with 8 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) ports. It offers auto-negotiation for automatic connection at the highest common speed between switch and an end device, while support for auto-MDI/MDIX eliminates the need for crossover cables. Its non-blocking switching architecture delivers maximum throughput at wire speed. Standards-based technology ensures interoperability with any standards-based devices in the existing network.

Switch Configuration: You can configure and manage advanced features of the GS308E Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Sitch either by using your computer's web browser and accessing the switch at its IP address or by installing the ProSAFE Plus Utility on your Windows-based computer. If you use a Mac or a 64-bit Windows-based computer, you can use the Netgear Switch Discovery Tool to discoverthe switch in your network and access the local browser-based management interface of the switch. You can also use the Netgear Insight mobile app on your smartphone to discover the switch in your network.

  • Web Browser: You can access and configure the switch directly through its local browser interface by entering the IP address of the switch in the address bar of a browser. When you use the local browser interface, the simplest way to configure the switch is not connected to your network (off-network). You can also configure the switch with it connected to your network, router, or modem, (on-network) but you must be able to determine the IP address of the switch if your network uses DHCP.
  • ProSAFE Plus Utility: The ProSAFE Plus Utility runs on Windows-based computers. You can install the latest utility to select additional options to manage and customize the switch for your network. Visit to download the latest utility.
  • Netgear Switch Discovery Tool: The NETGEAR Switch Discovery Tool lets you discover the switch in your network and access the local browser interface of the switch from a Mac or a 64-bit Windows-based computer. Download the Switch Discovery Tool by visiting

Netgear Insight App: The Netgear Insight App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.3+) lets you instantly discover, configure, and continuously monitor and manage your network of select Netgear Wi-Fi access points, switches and storage devices from your compatible smartphone or tablet device. Netgear Insight enables multi-device, multi-network configuration of your Netgear Insight Managed switches, wireless access points, and network storage devices either locally or remotely. It provides network management, monitoring and service deployment across multiple remote and local sites for the easiest and most user-friendly networking experience. You can choose between two Netgear Insight subscription plans - Insight Basic or Insight Premium.

  • Insight Basic: A complete and affordable solution to set up, manage, and monitor your networks anytime, anywhere, from the palm of your hand with the Insight mobile app. Insight Basic costs $4.99 per device/per year.
  • Insight Premium: Provides advanced premium features on the Insight mobile app plus access to the Insight cloud portal, which supports more complex device and network setup. Insight Premium cost $9.99 per device/per year.

Note: All the setup, monitoring and management features available through the Insight app are now also available through the Insight Cloud portal.  With a larger screen real estate, users will have a single-pane view of all their devices and their locations in an intuitive interface. The Insight Cloud portal is only available with the Insight Premium offer.

VLAN: Use VLANs for traffic segmentation so you can segment your network into smaller groups for more secure and efficient use of network resources. Virtual LANs (VLANs) are made up of networked devices that are grouped logically into separate networks. You can group ports on a switch to create a virtual network made up of the devices connected to the ports. VLANs can be grouped using port-based or 802.1Q criteria. The Click Switch includes the following VLAN options -

  • Port Based: Assign ports to virtual networks. Data from a port that is a member of a VLAN group is restricted to other members of that VLAN group. This feature provides an easy way to partition a network into private subnetworks.
  • 802.1Q: Create virtual networks using 802.1Q criteria. You configure ports to be a part of a VLAN group. When a port receives data tagged for a VLAN group, the data is discarded unless the port is a member of the VLAN group. This technique is useful for communicating with devices outside of your local network as well as allowing you to receive data from other ports not in your VLAN group. You must know the VLAN group IDs used.

QoS (Quality of Service): The GS308E Ethernet Switch is able to prioritize voice and video traffic with QoS (Quality of Service) for optimized network performance and better delivery of mission-critical traffic, such as voice and video.

  • Port-Based QoS: You can assign a priority to all data passing through a particular port. Data with a higher priority is transmitted faster. If packets arrive at several ports at the same time, the ports configured as higher priority transmit their packets first. You must determine which ports will carry delay-sensitive data.
  • Rate Limiting: You can limit the rate at which the switch accepts incoming data and the rate that it retransmits outgoing data. The rate choices vary depending on the switch model. Rate limiting can be set for a port in addition to other QoS settings. If the port rate limit is set, the switch restricts the acceptance or retransmission of data to the values configured.

IGMP Snooping: Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping allows a switch to forward multicast traffic intelligently on the switch. Multicast IP traffic is traffic that is destined to a host group. Host groups are identified by class D IP addresses, which range from to Based on the IGMP. query and report messages, the switch forwards traffic only to the ports that request the multicast traffic. This feature prevents the switch from broadcasting the traffic to all ports and possibly affecting network performance. The switch maintains a map that shows which links need which IP multicast streams. The switch forwards multicast traffic only to the links that requested them and cuts multicast traffic from links that do not contain a multicast listener. Essentially, IGMP snooping helps optimize multicast performance at Layer 2 and is especially useful for bandwidth-intensive IP multicast applications such as IPTV.

Other Management Tools: Other management tools & controls included Broadcast Filtering, Flow Control, and Port Speed Management.

  • Broadcast Filtering: You can configure the switch to block broadcast storms (massive transmission of broadcast packets forwarded to every port on the same VLAN). If they are not blocked, broadcast storm packets can delay or halt the transmission of other data. Some switches allow you to select a storm control rate for each port. Others assign a predetermined storm control rate for all ports on the switch.
  • Flow Control: Flow control works by pausing a port if the port becomes oversubscribed and dropping all traffic for small bursts of time during the congestion condition. You can enable or disable IEEE 802.3x flow control. By default, flow control is disabled.
  • Port Speed Management: By default, the port speed on all ports is set automatically after the switch determines the speed using autonegotiation with the link partner. You can select a specific port speed setting for each port, or disable a port by shutting it down manually.

AC Power Adapter: The included AC power adapter plugs into the back of the Ethernet Switch and into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately).

LED Indicators: When you connect the included external AC power adapter to the Netgear Ethernet managed Switch and plug it into an electrical outlet, its front-panel LEDs will indicate the status.

Mounting Options: The Netgear Ethernet Smart Managed Plus Switch (GS308E) supports desktop, wall-mount, and rack-mount placement.


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