Pros: I got this when it was on sale for under 2 bills, and it was a great buy. I've got a lot of devices, enterprise grade firewall, multiple computers, home server, etc. and the port-based vlan feature works great to clean up some cables and easily put devices outside my firewall just by switching ports on the switch.
Cons: Haven't found any so far, been up and running for over 30 days with zero stability issues and it's barely warm to the touch.
Summary: Overall, for the price, this is a great switch. Fan-less quiet operation and low power consumption. Most managed switches are considerably more expensive. For a home or small office, this is great. If you need SNMP look elsewhere.
Pros: Great price for such a feature-filled managed switch.
Cons: No snmp, so you can't integrate it with MRTG, or other SNMP gathering tools.
great price and feature-set, braindead user interface
MICHAEL M., Newegg
30 November 2013
Summary: If it's the only switch in your network, you can't beat the price and the warts will be tolerable. It costs the same as a few 5-port dumb switches and is better than that setup in every way.
Pros: Good value for the price. Simple to set up. Runs cool. Front panel is thoughtfully laid out.
Cons: Switch came with newer firmware (1.10.011) than is on D-Link's website (1.10.005). Good for me, tough luck for anyone with an older switch, and when a newer version is released I guess I'll be going without.
Cons: Switch was set to it's own class-A IP address that could only be changed by connecting a device directly to the switch, like a notebook, that used the same class-A addressing scheme. Most network devices are defaulted to public class-C IP addresses like 192.168.1.1. This is a minor point and only applies to those who want to manage the switch.
Summary: I have a Synology connected to port 1. This weekend I started having issues with the Synology dropping pings. I ended up switching to port 2 and all is good again. In my case, it took only 7 months for the switch to start failing.
Pros: Easy to setup. Nice interface. Fast transfers.
Excerpt: I am on my second switch and it is still not working. Whenever I hook up a gigabit connection the switch becomes unstable. I have spent too much time trying to fix a D-Link problem. I will go and buy a netgear switch....
Summary: It has helped me experiment, and find better solutions to my topology. The one thing that bothers me is if this switch powers up and no DHCP is available, it will use its factory default IP. Then after the DHCP server is up, you will be stuck scratching your head as to why you cannot access your switch. This was bought to replace a Netgear. I think this switch performs far superior.
Pros: VLAN tagging, port mirroring, rack mountable, quiet, reliable. This switch does what its supposed to do. I have yet to blame this switch for any problem I have found on my network. Well organized interface. Haven't had to power cycle it yet.
Cons: Directions don't explain VLAN as well as some others do. I am annoyed at the "Voice VLAN" and "surveillance VLAN" that OEMs keep adding to these switches. I think this is just a gimmick and I don't like it. Well actually I think it does give you the ability to add a priority on one of your VLANs. Still seems gimmicky.
Summary: This is my first managed switch. It replaces two 8-port unmanaged gigabit switches from D-Link, which combined were over $100, plus it replaces a crummy old hub which I needed to tap the ports I wanted to monitor with Wireshark. The additional features make it great value in comparison.
Pros: Low cost, easy setup, port mirroring, Time Domain Reflectometry, all ports are gigabit.
Cons: More expensive than an unmanaged switch. But well worth it.