Review: NETGEAR ProSAFE GS105 Gigabit Switch

As I am in the early phases of building my home lab, I needed a small switch to connect my devices that will not be included in the build; this includes my main PC, two 55-inch smart TVs, and an older all-in-one PC that I use primarily for my son’s room’s webcam.

I decided to pick up a NETGEAR ProSAFE GS105 Gigabit Switch for relatively cheap, so wanted to share some thoughts on it.

As with any unmanaged switch, installation is a breeze. The reason I went with unmanaged is I want to keep the network as simple as I can make it, allowing for my separate home lab build to be as robust as possible (allowing me to learn more).

I had the switch set up in no time and didn’t notice much of a speed reduction even with all the devices running.

The switch is built well, using metal construction, and is small enough to fit on my desk that is always running out of room.

Overall, I am happy with the purchase and my personal machines are finally hardwired, thus making full use of my new fiber internet.

Now that this is complete, I will begin my home lab build, which, as of this moment, will consist of:

  • 2 24-port Cisco switches (still deciding on model)
  • Server built with spare PC parts (for now)
  • Cisco firewall (still deciding on model)
  • NAS (still deciding on model)
  • Tripp Lite wall-mounted rack (still deciding on model)
  • Separate router (still deciding on model)
  • UPS (still deciding on model)

I will start by self-hosting this website most likely, then attempt to penetrate it. The best way to gain cybersecurity knowledge is to immerse yourself in it!

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