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NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Home Switch | Desktop | Internet Splitter| Sturdy Metal | Fanless | Plug-and-Play | Unmanaged

Product Description
The NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Switch is an ideal switch for your home network. It automatically connects to your router or modem using any port. With its rugged metal case, quiet operation and plug-and-play setup, it is a perfect upgrade to any home network.

Price: $21.30

  • PLUG-AND-PLAY – Simple set up with no software or configuration needed
  • INTERNET SPLITTER – Connectivity to your router or modem for additional wired connections (laptop, gaming console, printer, etc)
  • STURDY METAL CASE – Small, sturdy desktop metal case and fanless quiet operation
  • EASY-MONITORING – Per port LEDs for port activity and speed
  • GIGABIT ETHERNET – 8 auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports with up to 16Gb non-blocking switching

I’ve had a few people ask what my basement server rack looks like. Since I’m about to reconfigure the rack, I thought that this would be a good time to document a bit of the “before” and “after”. This is obviously the “before”.

The reconfiguration will include replacing a cranky, ten year old Tripp Lite SmartPro 700RM UPS (the grey device at the very bottom of the rack) with a pair of brand new, slim line APC Smart-UPS 750VA units. I also need to find room to stuff a second Power Macintosh G4 and an Xserve in there somewhere.

Much to my chagrin (and silly pleasure) this photo has been featured on several geektastic sites over the past week or so, including:

Cult of Mac

Thanks for the linkage, folks.
By splorp on 2010-02-13 13:51:42

Wooww, nice product! I want to share this product!

What customers say about NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Home Switch | Desktop | Internet Splitter| Sturdy Metal | Fanless | Plug-and-Play | Unmanaged?

  1. Very impressive.

    My 18U server rack housing PowerMac G4s and Xserves lived in our living room for the first six years of my girlfriend’s and my relationship… you think your wife thinks it’s, "cacophonous and irritating!" Fortunately I downsized to an 8U desk rack a couple years ago, but somehow three PowerMacs (er… a Power Macintosh and two PowerMacs) have since worked their way into duty.

  2. It’s times like these I wish we could view notes in larger image sizes.

  3. Hi, I’m an admin for a group called What’s on your shelves?, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  4. Wow! A true geeks lair 🙂

  5. Wow. I ran a lot of servers like this back in the last century. Talk about security through obscurity!

  6. @karlozuk Thanks for the invitation, but I have a thing about posted to bulletin board type sites. Sorry, but I have to pass this time.

  7. @infedel Not sure exactly. Nearly all of the gear is shunted through the 700 watt UPS, which is running on the edge of capacity. The entire rack sits on a single 15A breaker.

    @schoschie … and copious coffee grounds.

  8. Where’s the Newton?

  9. @morgant What I’m planning on doing is replacing the 9600 with an Xserve, so I can continue to host multiple domains under Apache. I’d kind of like to keep the 8500 up and running with MacHTTP, as it also runs QuickDNS hosting 60 or so primary and secondary domains. I’m not looking forward to migrating DNS over to BIND or anything else for that matter. My old workstation, an accelerated G4 like the one shown above, will eventually run headless in this rack as my OS X Tiger / OS 9 test box.

    @schoschie Very similar looking, aren’t they?

    @ohai It needs tidying, but it’s functional.

  10. a pdp-8 going to the grave brings a tear to my eye.

  11. Nice!
    The Russian safety sign says
    NO garbage overboard!! 🙂

  12. @foxtrotru Thank you for confirming what I thought the sign said. Unfortunately, both my brother in law and me have very few Russian transliteration skills.

    @vonguard Exactly. No firewall. No virus protection. No worries.

  13. You’re such a nerd. And of course I mean that in the best way possible buddy 😉 Glad your mug is still in one piece too!

  14. Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Robots, Automatons, Mainframes and the Silicon Revolution, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  15. Nice!

  16. I was thinking of that same one. And it’s filled with banana peels.

  17. I just wish I’d have it finished for you by SXSW … I’d smuggle it down in my baggage … with a nice bottle of something smooth.

  18. it wouldn’t be so bad if this scene wasn’t six feet from the laundry area.

  19. /me wrings fingers together furiously with evil laugh

  20. Hi Splorp!

    Be good if you could come over to www.yourhomenetworks.com and post some pictures of your setup etc. We recently started a community aimed at people with these kind of setups at home.

  21. Hey Slorp just wanted to say I like your setup. A question for you how much power dose running all that gear consume?

  22. Thanks for the invitation. However, I don’t think my image quite fits in with the rest of the group’s content very well.

  23. If I could only clear out some of the extra bits, then I could actually walk around in it.

  24. The Newton is on my desk upstairs … although I have tinkered with the idea of building a rack mount for it.

  25. I’m glad you find this image “intimate” … my wife thinks this area of the basement is nothing but cacophonous and irritating. Can’t say as I blame her … it is rater “busy”. Now, off to add a few more notes …

  26. @splorp With PowerMac G4s in G•Racks (6U each) you could replace those two beige with only two acrylic. Xserves on the other hand… or Mac minis (the direction I’m going)!

  27. Heh heh, at first I thought that the four LaCie d2 Quadra hard drives were two Xserve, one on top of the other!

    As crazy as it may sound, I find this photo very intimate: lots of things with their own history, a peek in the tinkerer’s grotto, etc. You would get along very well with my dad.


  28. @scottboms Feeling the love. And I have to take care of that mug … it’s a rarity. That’s why it’s not upstairs with the day to day dishes.

    @newjerseydan The PDP didn’t work when I bought it from Husky Oil back in the early 80s. I’m pretty sure it had been decommissioned and was being used for spare parts. There was only one core memory card left, although the backplane and the Decpack hard drive unit were both in top notch shape. All of the PDP parts that came out of this rack are still in my collection … I just put the rack to good use.

    @morgant I’m just thinking about how many more G4s I could fit in there if I finally retired the beige beasties.

    @jish I agree. Short of opening two windows, it’s definitely a pain.

  29. Very similar to my dad’s garage. And of course my mum is past complaining — by now she just stays away from it. It has become ‘no-wife territory’ as she says.

  30. At this very moment, it’s upstairs on my desk running a web server, if you must know. Although their are a few dozen more of them scattered about the basement as well.

  31. no Newton server?

  32. I, too, thought those were XServes!

  33. "Accessory input"?!?!



  34. knowing @splorp, it’s likely a vintage Mr. Fusion from the set of Back to the Future…

  35. Added.

  36. Power is no issue. He has a very small nuclear fusion reactor in the back.

  37. “Auxiliary” input, actually. But, yes.

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