Excerpt: Finding a reliable, managed gigabit switch can be a challenge if you are looking for one on a budget. If it's a Cisco switch then you may need expand your budget! Not so with the SG300. This is a L2/L3 switch that fits the bill for virtually any small business needs. The OS isn't the full Cisco IOS that you would fine on most Cisco switches. However, the functionality is mostly the same.
Summary: The bottom line is, buy this product if you are in a medium sized office or home environment and plan on utilizing all of the features. It's sturdy, easy to deploy and has plenty documentation to get you through the configuration.
Pros: Easy to setup, very detailed manuals and coming from an old Dell PowerConnect 2724 managed switch... this thing is another world. No power issues, it runs quietly, low heat, has rack mounting plates. The amount of features available on this device for this low the cost is amazing.
Cons: Forgetting to save the configuration and having to set everything back up after a reboot! Don't forget to save your configuration before rebooting!! I did this about four times.. So this isn't so much of a con against the product but more of a friendly reminder!
Excerpt: I am using this product to connect 6 home VLans. And also a Synology 1812+ SAN to the network. Even though its not the full Cisco cli interface its not bad for those who like the command line.
Great managed switch. Have not had a single problem. Very snappy response when configuring the unit.
Daniel A. Aunspach, Amazon
15 May 2014
Summary: While a tad pricier than consumer switches, I don't think you can buy a better small business switch. I've had two in place for a couple of months and piped terabytes of traffic through them without a single hiccup. The response is very good on the configuration web page - I noticed other switches can be a bit laggy, but not this one. I thought at first I may have bought more switch than I need, but I have been very happy with the quality of these.
Excerpt: We use this switch to power our cameras throughout the building. The gigabit speeds are helpful in minimizing the lag time when using cameras. We also like that this is small enough to be installed in a compact environment, but it also has the flexibility to mount in a rack.
Summary: If you only need L2 features, get one of the SG-200's they are at least as fast and cheaper. Avoid the 200-8, it's not as good a product as this one. If you need L3, this is the one for you. With the latest round of price drops, it's amazingly cheap. The firmware / interface is the same as the bigger SG300's so feature wise it's same /same. You can do all the normal stuff from the web interface.
Summary: I purchased this switch as a home solution. I have several servers and other networking devices. I use this switch as a core routing switch. Works flawlessly. What I love most is that there are no moving fans...which means no noise. It sill has all the typical Cisco functionality. Web GUI is decent...CLI is loaded with features.