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Does anyone know if the so-called ``management'' features of the NetGear GS108E switch require external software to enable these features? Specifically, the port monitoring and VLAN features. One reference I found says it is built into the switch, another says not. The download section on NetGear's site offers a Windows software download.

I ask here since the ProSafe switches are aimed at business customers.

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How else would you enable or control those features? –  David Schwartz Feb 19 '12 at 5:47
    
@DavidSchwartz - Actual managed switches usually have a web server or a console built in that allows one to manage the switch. –  casualcoder Feb 19 '12 at 15:25
    
Say it had a web server, how would you access it without external software? Would you compose HTTP requests by hand? –  David Schwartz Feb 19 '12 at 21:31
    
@DavidSchwartz - That would be a viable alternative. ;) –  casualcoder Feb 21 '12 at 0:16
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The GS108E appears to be reliant on the Prosafe Plus Configuration Utility and lacks a telnet/http server.

Here is a youtube clip of it in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RRFzyByh1U

Skip to 1:48 and you see it mentions no http/telnet.

There is a comment on this page http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122397 also moaning about lack of web interface.

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I was hoping for first person experience, but the video is clear without a doubt on the point. –  casualcoder Feb 21 '12 at 0:17
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There are two articles in the german Linux Magazin describing the insecure protocol used for accessing and configuring these switches:

First article: http://www.linux-magazin.de/Ausgaben/2012/10/Switch

Second Article with the documentation of the minimally improved "encryption" after the firmware update: http://www.linux-magazin.de/Blogs/Insecurity-Bulletin/Gastbeitrag-Security-by-Obscurity-bei-Netgear-Switches

Unfortunately, these articles have never been brought to the north american and british editions. Please use your favourite translation tool :)

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