NETGEAR Nighthawk S8000
We recently received a package from NETGEAR including the Gaming and Streaming Switch Nighthawk S8000 which our CS:GO Team tested for us. With the help of their feedback we will introduce to you the S8000.
The S8000 is part of NETGEAR’s Nighthawk series which is fitted for gamer and streamer, but can also work as switch for everyone. With 8 gigabit ports the S8000 is a good solution to connect the whole household and release the router from some of its tasks. A simple web interface lets you configure and manage every port on its own — plus the interface is accessible from your smartphone.
When unboxing the S8000, we first noticed its slick black design with the blue power LED. We called it “blue eye” because the device kind of reminded us to a dragon’s scale.
“If you need a gaming switch, then I can totally recommend you to get a NETGEAR’s Nighthawk S8000”
Andreas “ZuiAMB” Brückner
Although you cannot deactivate the “blue eye” while its running, you can switch off the port LEDs with a small button on the backside of the device. For the joy of many users you can do this also very easily via web interface. There you can manage each port on its own, from naming the port to throttling it to the speed you want it to be.
If you are planning on doing a LAN Party with your friends, you can set the ports speed according to your ISP’s speed — so no single PC will use all of your bandwidth alone. A big plus on this switch is LAG — no not the hated lag you which mostly encounter in-game…we are talking about Link Aggregation. This is a method where up to 4 ports get connected to achieve network speeds of up to 4 gigabits. These could be useful when you have a NAS connected to your home network for example.
In conclusion, we can say that the S8000 is an all-rounder and a good solution for every gamer and streamer out there to manage your network. Our streamer could benefit from the simple and fast way to upload videos of the live stream directly on the network. But even if you are none of these the S8000 is a good option for you to manage your network to your own preferences.
And never forget: a gorilla needs a well maintained homenetwork !!