Pros: 1) Works out of the box (without needing any custom configuration)
Cons: 1) Substandard Port Mirroring. Transmitted packets of vlan untagged members are copied to mirror destination as vlan tagged. This can result in misleading network capture traces. Making issue diagnoses more difficult, complex and prone to misdiagnosis.
Pros: I'm glad that a switch like this from Cisco is available,you don't have a lot of options in this port range that have managed/smart capabilities. Great performance out of the box,its sold as a small business device but is great for advanced home networking. Don't sell your devices short with the cheapest switch you can get. Your investment will pay off for a long while,especially with Cisco support.
Cons: I had to RMA my first one because it was unresponsive after a flash. I followed the directions to a T but with with flashing firmware on anything, its always a possibility. Cisco support was great and kept my ticket open in case I needed to RMA through them.
Cons: Won't pass packets to an upstream Dell managed switch. Also, it takes a full minute to come up. After a power failure I would expect connected computers to be requesting DHCP service before the switch had woken up. However, as I never got the switch to work, I wasn't able to test this.
Flexible, good features, reliable, cheap for Cisco
Joseph F., Newegg
6 August 2012
Summary: - Oddities in the interface: To set up a trunk with multiple vlans, you have to 1. create the vlans, 2. add them to the trunk (normal so far) then 3. go to a separate page to allow the vlans on the trunk (?) That also has to be done for untagged (access) This results in behavior similar to what is available on a Cisco IOS switch, but sometimes what you have to do is very counterintuitive and obscure, and the documentation doesn't really help much at all.
Pros: - 8-port gig switch with trunking and other decent layer 2 options made by Cisco for a very reasonable price.
Cons: - No CLI, SSH, Telnet, or otherwise (I'm told the SB300 series has one, no idea how close it is to IOS, though)
Summary: Web interface is a little confusing at first in understanding what the save link versus apply button does.
Pros: Small, fanless, 8-ports, LACP, VLAN, DNS, port mirroring, POE on port 1 for switch power, IGMP, 16Gbit switch fabric, nice web interface. This switch has most of the features of a larger managed switch for a reasonable price.
Cons: Web interface hangs on each save request after save has been completed. Doesn't have all gateway routing features such as DHCP server, MAC cloning/spoofing.