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Netgear ProSafe XS708E review: 10 Gbit switch

A new generation of extremely fast switches

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Introduction

Having a gigabit network connection at home makes it possible to transfer your files very fast, for example to and from a NAS device. While WiFi is of course much more in the news in recent years, the development surrounding wired connections hasn't been standing still. You can buy switches that offer a full-duplex bandwidth that's 10 times faster than gigabit. While the new standard has been around for a while now, the Netgear ProSafe XS708E is one of the first 10 Gbit switches that can be called relatively affordable. 


The design of the ProSafe XS708E is pretty run-of-the-mill. It looks like a true Netgear switch, constructed out of sturdy metal and equipped with an internal power supply. It's not just any switch, however, it's a 10 Gbit model. Each of the eight ethernet ports have a bandwidth of 10 Gbit.

Netgear ProSafe XS708E

There's also a SFP+ connector present, which stands for Small Form-factor Pluggable. Together with an adapter it allows the switch (which can only handle Ethernet frames) to also connect to other types of networks. You could hook it up to a glass fibre network. That means this switch is useful especially for large businesses. Copper shouldn't exceed distances of 100 metres, so then glass fibre cable can be the solution. That's a significant financial investment, so if you can connect those networks to copper switches, you're able to save quite a bit of money.

The pricing is reasonable. While $917 is a lot for a switch without management features, it is one of the first models of a new generation. That is, it doesn't have an interface. It does, however, come with software that offers some networking essentials, such als link aggregation, QoS, and setting up VLANs.

Netgear ProSafe XS708E


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