Netgear ProSAFE GSS108E 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch Review


Network Throughput Testing

Netgear Click Switch

To test the throughput on the Netgear Click Switch we used the NTttcp tool to look at just how fast the switch could go when attached to a router – in our case the Netgear R8000. To do this properly we set up one machine as the server: for this test an Intel Core i7-4930K system running on a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3.

On the server side, we used the following Command Line for Ethernet throughput testing:

Ntttcp.exe -s -m 8,*,<Client IP> -l 2M -a 16 t 15

On the client side, we had our Alienware M17XR4 laptop equipped with a Killer NIC Ethernet and used the following Command Line:

Ntttcp.exe -r -m 8,*,<Client IP> -l 2M -a 16 t 15

At the conclusion of each test we recorded the throughput and CPU utilization figures from the client screen as that is the system being tested.

Benchmark Results: Total measured throughput for the Netgear Click Switch was just over 111 MB/s or just about 850 Mbit/s which is a bit lower than our expected 1000 Mbit/s for a GB Ethernet. This might be due to the extra hop from the routers DHCP assignment or from the slightly older Intel i7-4930K, 8-core processor. We really feel these numbers are within normal boundaries of a Gigabit Ethernet switch.