Summary: I also had a unmanaged 5 port cisco switch died after only 3 weeks. After the issues with this managed switch I didn't bother Rma. I rounded up all the cisco junk I had and tossed what I couldn't return since clearly this junk and ismnot reliable enough for my network. I don't know what happened to cisco, but their newer products are trash and their customer service isn't much better.
Pros: Ports on the back
Cons: 10% hit in performance over other switches, buggy ui that frequently cannot display page, had to power cycle it every few days as it would slow to a crawl and then lock up, bad firmware with udp flaw that kills linux nfs and network printing, lastly I hit the reset button on the side and it bricked. No, I did not flash it, no power hits, I simply used the reset button on the side to clear a config and it never came back. All it does now is have a blinking system light...
Summary: Should have bought an SG300, or something else.
Pros: Nice little switch with a web GUI interface. Lots of good features in a compact metal case. Locking tab on the external power supply lead for a secure fit.
Cons: The -08 does NOT support SNMP, CDP, or many other features that the larger SG200 series support. It runs a limited 1.0.x software version, and can not be upgraded to the 1.3 that the bigger switches use. I'm a bit peeved by this, as the Cisco documentation does not call this out.
Excerpt: First and foremost I needed a manageable switch to build a sophisticated network at home. One of the key ingredients was LA (Link Aggregation) so that I could make use of this feature on my NAS. This works very well and accomplishes all of the tasks that I need. The switch locked up on one occasion but a quick power cycle seems to have resolved that permanently. This is a very compact and sturdy device.
Pros: So far the switch has been working very smoothly for me - almost as advertised. This switch is definitely a very solid piece of networking hardware, which has been serving my needs quite well.
Cons: I discovered a couple of things that were not clear to me at the time of purchase. First, this switch does not support Energy Efficient Ethernet. Apparently, every other switch in SG200 series supports Energy Efficient Ethernet, with the two exceptions: SG200-08 and SG200-08P. Second, it is impossible to disable PoE feature in the switch SG200-08P through its web-interface. I picked a "Smart" switch over "Unmanaged" switch to be able to turn PoE functionality on and o...
Excerpt: While looking and reading, I opted for the Cisco 8-port gigabit switch for the number of ports, speed, availability and front showing port activity/rear port connectivity. There is much to configure with most default configuration. The switch works Great!