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Product InformationThe NetGear ProSafe GS105 5-Port External Switch is designed for offices and small business environments. This device delivers high quality, reliability, and extremely fast connections to handle your networking needs on a small scale. Plus, it comes with a simplified installation process. With its plug-and-play operation, no software or configuration is required. There is no need to customize any settings or wait for the necessary drivers to finish downloading. Even non-technical users can get this device up and running in no time. Just hook it up to a power source, turn the unit on, link your devices to the Ethernet jacks, and you can enjoy high-speed local area network (LAN) connectivity within minutes. The NetGear ProSafe GS105 model forms part of the popular series of NetGear ProSafe unmanaged switches that provides cost-effective switching solutions for businesses to expand their corporate LAN infrastructure to gigabit speeds. This low-density unit includes five 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports where you can plug in your desktop computers, laptops, printers, servers, and storage hardware using Ethernet cables. Offering exceptional investment protection for your current and future assets, the NetGear GS105 is standards-based and comes with fast auto-switching functionality. This lets you seamlessly integrate other devices, regardless of whether they are running on 10/100 megabits per second (Mbps) or gigabit Ethernet speed. When operating in half-duplex mode, this 5-port switch delivers data transmission speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. For even faster connections, it can double this speed when full-duplex mode is enabled. Each port is also equipped with auto-sensing capability, which facilitates automatic configuration based on the speed and duplex operation of an attached device. Drawing on another innovative technology, this switch uses Auto Uplink to adjust for cabling type so you do not have to worry whether to use straight-through or cross-over Ethernet cables. The NetGear ProSafe GS105 complies with several standards defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This switch is 802.1p-compliant, which enables traffic prioritization to regulate network data transfer. Applications, such as movie streaming, sharing video and audio, and online gaming that require a higher bandwidth get top priority over low latency-sensitive tasks. Combined with automatic flow control, data transmission is handled at an efficient rate to avoid network congestion. These features ensure your LAN’s performance remains optimal despite a heavier workload. Providing support for the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standard, this NetGear ProSafe device helps lower your energy consumption by up to 60 percent. Power expending is automatically minimized when traffic is light on active ports or when port inactivity is detected. Additionally, shorter cable lengths also means reduced electrical usage. This translates into significant energy savings for you and your organization. Housed in a durable metal casing, this NetGear switch has passed stringent tests to ensure a long product life. Its fan-less, silent desktop form factor also provides a quiet operation, which is conducive for office setups. Built with a compact design, this unit takes up very little space and can also be mounted on the wall, mounting kit not included.. It is compatible with Macintosh and Windows-based operating systems.