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[Amazon.ca] Netgear 5 port gigabit managed switch - $38

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[Amazon.ca] Netgear 5 port gigabit managed switch - $38

Was looking for the cheapest managed switch for VLAN and this is was the best I could find; no support for link aggregation though despite the advertisement; verified in the data sheet.

Useful for pfsense boxes with only a single nic/port.
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i had an older one and the web management was done via their software which was a pain, anyone know if this can be managed with any web browser?
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Says "Easy to Use Web Interface
Intuitive Web Interface that will allow you to configure the switch in a few minutes."
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I would stay away from this model. Unlike the majority of switches in this class, NETGEAR only offers a 3-year warranty on these.

The GS105Ev2, the predecessor to this model, comes with a lifetime warranty.

In the past I've used the TP-Link TL-SG105E. It works well, but suffers from a minor security issue in that the management UI is accessible from any VLAN.
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syuzh wrote: Was looking for the cheapest managed switch for VLAN and this is was the best I could find; no support for link aggregation though despite the advertisement; verified in the data sheet.

Useful for pfsense boxes with only a single nic/port.
You can't make a pfsense router with only one nic. Adding a switch to it won't help, it doesn't work that way.
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BinaryJay wrote: You can't make a pfsense router with only one nic. Adding a switch to it won't help, it doesn't work that way.
It's a managed switch so you can set up your WAN and LAN on different VLANs and it'll work, assuming you configure pfsense correctly.
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BinaryJay wrote: You can't make a pfsense router with only one nic. Adding a switch to it won't help, it doesn't work that way.
It can be done, using a technique called "router on a stick". You essentially limit yourself to half the throughput (500 Mbps) but if your Internet connection isn't that fast anyway, you won't notice it.

The pfSense box connects to the trunk port on a managed switch, which is then connected both to the WAN and to the LAN on separate VLANs. As long as you have a switch that does proper VLAN isolation (refer to my comment about the TP-Link above), this is safe and far more reliable than, say, plugging in a USB Ethernet adapter to give your computer a second network interface.
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andrewhaji wrote: I would stay away from this model. Unlike the majority of switches in this class, NETGEAR only offers a 3-year warranty on these.

The GS105Ev2, the predecessor to this model, comes with a lifetime warranty.

In the past I've used the TP-Link TL-SG105E. It works well, but suffers from a minor security issue in that the management UI is accessible from any VLAN.
Who cares about warranties on a 34$ product, just buy two in case it fails....
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dazurn wrote: Who cares about warranties on a 34$ product, just buy two in case it fails....
Keep in mind that lifetime warranty by many vendors means till manufacturer discontinued (MD'ed) which could also just be a few years. Ie < 5yrs
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andrewhaji wrote: It can be done, using a technique called "router on a stick". You essentially limit yourself to half the throughput (500 Mbps) but if your Internet connection isn't that fast anyway, you won't notice it.

The pfSense box connects to the trunk port on a managed switch, which is then connected both to the WAN and to the LAN on separate VLANs. As long as you have a switch that does proper VLAN isolation (refer to my comment about the TP-Link above), this is safe and far more reliable than, say, plugging in a USB Ethernet adapter to give your computer a second network interface.
Oh, I never even considered that... and yeah, I hope nobody is relying on USB for this. Still, I've had faster than half duplex gigabit WAN for a very long time now. Funny enough now my LAN is my bottleneck these days, my WAN is actually faster... I have the 1.5 gigabit fibe plan - long story, but since I don't use the homehub (and haven't gone through the time and expense of actually setting up my network to actually support it) I'm "only" using 2/3rds of it, at least the downstream. So yeah... half duplex gigabit at a router really is kind of a non starter for a lot of people these days - I imagine most people who know how to set up pfsense and use it probably have internet that isn't "slow", well maybe.

I'm hoping that Bell has a hardware change and gets rid of their stupid 2.5GbE SFP port and switches to a standard 10Gb sync rate because it's much too expensive and/or a pain in the neck to work with what they have right now.

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