CES 2017: Netgear Shows Off Nighthawk S8000 Gaming Switch

by MAC     |     January 8, 2017

Netgear have unveiled a gaming-oriented network switch that features some serious capabilities.

With the introduction of super-routers like the Nighthawk X10, Netgear has been really flexing their muscle in the consumer-oriented networking realm. That doesn’t seem likely to slow down with their first Nighthawk-branded gigabit switch. The new Nighthawk S8000 is a semi-managed switch that offers eight LAN ports and a sleek graphical user interface that can managed from the web. Netgear are marketing this switch to those who want to improve their 4K media streaming, achieving low latencies for gaming, or who just want to be able to manage a multi-user home network environment.

With a wedge-like shape that is very reminiscent of the old Lockheed F-117 stealth fighter – codename Nighthawk, obviously – the new S8000 is without question the coolest looking switch that we have ever seen. And it will also be cool to the touch, since dark matte housing is made of a zinc alloy. While it’s unique shape will prevent it from being stackable, the eight ports are likely to more than sufficient for most home users.

This is a layer 2 switch, so it able to offload some of the more resource-intensive tasks from the router, and it can handle duties like IGMP snooping, Quality of Service (QoS), denial of service attacks (DoS) protection, and traffic prioritization.

The absolute coolest feature – which is rarely seen in the consumer space – is support for
link aggregation, also known as port trunking. Basically, it can combine four ports together to form a single 4Gbps connection. Obviously, the device you are connecting to also has to support link aggregation, but more and more NAS devices are. If speed is not your thing, you can also setup link aggregation as a means of redundancy, ensuring that if one port dies, your data keeps flowing.

Like all Nighthawk gear, the S8000 comes with a 3-year warranty, and it will hit the retail channel on March 31, 2017 for $100 USD.

LAS VEGAS — January 4, 2017 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home,is launching a versatile, high performance, easily configurable, Layer 2 switch for expert gaming and HD media streaming.S8000 The Nighthawk S8000 8-port Gaming and Media Switch (GS808E) offers the industry’s first consumer-friendlyadvanced switching technology packaged in a sleek, modern design that you’ll be proud to display in your home. An ideal addition to your network,connectingyour Playstation®, Xbox®, Wii®, and other gaming consoles, it will be showcased this week in the NETGEAR suite at the CES® trade show.

The Nighthawk S8000 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch extends the speed and performance of the NETGEAR Nighthawk family of WiFi routers, already the fastest on the market. It provides your wired deviceswith ultra-smooth gaming and streaming soyou can host a multi-user gaming party, video chat in HD with friends, surf the internet at blazing speeds, or stream HD content from the internet or your own local storage — without competing for bandwidth on your wireless network.

“With the Nighthawk S8000 Gaming and Media Switch,NETGEAR is tacklingthe problem of overloaded wireless networks head-on. 4K video streaming, VR gaming and non-stop high-speed web surfing throughout the home are putting a severe burden on home networks that are struggling to provide reliable, lag-free connections,” said Richard Jonker, vice president of SMB and Switching Product Line Management for NETGEAR. “Beyond its sleek and stylish good looks, the Nighthawk S8000 Switch offers ultra-smooth, ultimate performance switching with a highly intuitive user interface that makes setup, advanced configuration, and optimization all stress-free.”

Each Gigabit Ethernet port on the Nighthawk S8000 Switchcan be configured differently, bringing complete versatility to users, and these settings can be defined and saved on the switch, and accessed from the web-based GUI. Pre-configured settings automatically configure ports for gaming, media streaming, or as a standard LAN port for seamless surfing, VoIP or video calls. In addition, link aggregation (LAG), or “port trunking”,means you can use multiple ports to create an aggregated connection of up to 4Gbps concurrently to any other link aggregation-capable device, such as NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage.

Key Features and Benefits of the Nighthawk S8000 Switch

The Nighthawk S8000 Gigabit Ethernet Switch seamlessly integrates with any Nighthawk router and includes the full set of NETGEAR Web Managed (Plus) Switch software features. Some of its key attributes include:
  • Sleek, durable, “cool-touch” premium zinc alloy housing design with soft-touch no-slip base
  • Easy, one-click optimized configuration presets for gaming, media streaming, or standard networking, plus two user-defined configurations
  • Port-based and 802.1p/DSCP-based QoS (Quality of Service) for 4 levels of network traffic prioritization
  • Auto “denial-of-service” (DoS) prevention
  • IGMP snooping support for multicast optimization
  • Loop detection and broadcast storm controls
  • Rate limiting and priority queuing for better bandwidth allocation
  • Port trunking/link aggregation (LAG) enables increased throughput beyond 1Gbps [up to 4Gbps] or to provide redundancy across the link(s)
  • Industry-leading limited 3-year warranty and multiple support options

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR Nighthawk S8000 8-port Gaming and Media Switch (GS808E) will be available in March 2017 worldwidethrough a broad variety of retailand ecommerce partners, authorized resellers, and DMR channels. The expectedretail price for the U.S. is $99.99.

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