Summary: The board worked fine for a few hours, then the LAN controller failed. I called Intel tech support, and after troubleshooting, they confirmed that the board was defective. The support tech was very helpful and offered to replace the board for $25.
Summary: I'm far from an expert, but I've always used Intel motherboards when building computers (3-4 over the years), and this one was easy to use. This one is well-marked and easy to connect up with various devices.