Summary: This was a necessary substitution from an outdated 10/100 switch when I went to a 1 GB network. The 1GB network allows backups to a network storage device without the networking being a bottleneck for speed. And I have always trusted Cisco's quality products.
Summary: The photo is of an old model. I really wanted a unit that had the connections on the back and lights on the front. Like most switches, this one had the connections on the front. No problem with performance.
Summary: Lasted about 3 years then died. No LEDs no nothing. Decided to step-up to Netgear managed switches. I immedeadely noticed the bottle-neck in my network was this POS. I guess you get what you pay for.
Summary: I have it at home, in my Gigabit network and I can feel the speed when transferring big files not only between pc's connected to this switch directly but also through others connected to gigabit router's port.
Summary: Received the item on January 3, 2014 opened it and it was "Dead on Arival" What happened to quality control? Sent it back on January 6, 2014 with a note requesting a quick turn-a-round since my business needed the item. As of today Jaunuary 12, 2014 I still am waiting.
Summary: I was sent the wrong item. On closer inspection, the title of the product differs from some of the produce info below. Get your stuff together, Platinum Micro, Inc. DO NOT buy this item if you expect to get the item in the description or the picture.
Summary: have had for over 2 years and works great. My last Dlink didn't last a year, the cisco small business switch is still going strong. It is on the pricey end but has a lifetime warranty and cisco offers its buy back program with this item.