Sporting the matte grey, angular outer shell of its fellow Nighthawk networking hardware, the S8000 is aimed at gamers and streamers, if the marketing material is anything to go by. It features eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, and uses link aggregation to deliver connection speeds up to four gigabits per second.
While it may have advanced back-end features, this switch is designed to be easy to set up and use. There is a one-click optimization system for settings and it is completely plug-and-play compatible, right out of the box. The user interface is designed to be intuitive and easy to understand, but has enough depth that those who wish to go digging for customization will find plenty to tweak.
The device comes with a three-year warranty as standard, suggesting it will stand the test of time, though it’s not quite clear when it will be released. As some have pointed out, the lack of a flat top to the casing does mean that stacking up multiples of this switch will not be possible, but this is not a switch designed with big server farms in mind.
Oddly enough, Netgear does suggest it as a good switch for use with virtual reality, though considering even a few milliseconds can impact the immersion of a scene, networked virtual reality is rarely a good recommendation, no matter how good the middle-man hardware is.
The Netgear Nighthawk S8000 will cost $100 when it is released — sometime “soon.”