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A simple Netgear unmanaged 8-port 1Gb switch that I've had for about 10 yrs (so "not bad" in reality) seems to have failed - can't get some of the RJ45 plugs to reliably connect to the router and the printers, the 2x NAS etc. Thus the most of the rest of the wired network is off-line ATM (which is very inconvenient!).

A replacement should be here tomorrow, but has anyone else ever had a failure in a switch like this as I never have?
 
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In 20 years of running switches of all kinds on a high school network (pro grade & desktop type) Ive never known a switch to fail. They just keep chugging along seemingly forever.
 
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In 20 years of running switches of all kinds on a high school network (pro grade & desktop type) Ive never known a switch to fail. They just keep chugging along seemingly forever.
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Never having had anything like that amount of experience with network switches but never having had one fail, that was why I asked the question.

BTW, please could you or another Staff member remove the reference to wireless hacking from the thread title - I had included the relevant text in Post #1, but then moved it all to the other thread that I started about 2 weeks ago when I realised that it should have been there in the first place:oops:
 
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Yeah no prob will do it now @jeallen01 :)
 
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We have all sorts of desktop switches hidden around the site to extend the network connectivity. CGI the outsourced IT provider say we cant have them - I just shrug & ignore them :-rofl2 If they want to pay several tens of thousands of quid for the extra cabling required to replace them I will happily decommision them. Until then they stay.
 
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I have had several go FUBAR over the years, but mostly due to misuse or attached equipment failure.

I did have a Netgear switch go bad due to a bad power supply...
 
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I did have a Netgear switch go bad due to a bad power supply...
Similarly, I had one of their PSU's fail (crappy "paperclip type", rather than full 360 deg coax type)- but Netgear replaced that f.o.c. (well out of warrantee!), although I had already replaced it with another one that I already had, and the switch itself (which is the one that now seems to have failed!) was then fine.
 
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We have all sorts of desktop switches hidden around the site to extend the network connectivity. CGI the outsourced IT provider say we cant have them - I just shrug & ignore them :-rofl2 If they want to pay several tens of thousands of quid for the extra cabling required to replace them I will happily decommision them. Until then they stay.
Exactly what I did back in the day AS, our network at one site ran 1/2 mile from end to end with two relays in the middle.
In answer to @jeallen01 yes I had one go on that run many years ago but that was a power supply issue following power cuts when a digger cut through a mains cable in the road and took down a large amounts of the district and gave himself brown underpants
 
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Well, I replaced the old Netgear GS308 switch with the new Linksys LS108 1GB switch and everything, especially access to the USB drives attached to the main NAS box, seems to be an awful lot faster - so I think there was something failing in the old Netgear unit.
 
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Good to hear, of course advances in the production of microchips and associated thin layer componants will also help to increase speeds
 
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