Summary: It may be that I am unfamiliar with HP switches, but setting up the VLAN and trunks actually required looking at the manual. The whole tag, untag, exclude thing seems like an odd way to do it. You would think all you need to do is define the VLAN, and check which ports you want in it. I kept locking myself out of the maintenance port! And having to use two paperclips to do a factory reset was another WTF moment, especially since I had to do it like 5 times.
Summary: Love these switches.. Very dependable and works great.. I would first out of the box update the firmware from HP website. Very easy to setup and use. These switch can handle a lot of traffic. If your network doesn't have a lot of network traffic but you still wan to be on Gigabyte I would check out HP 1410-24g series these switches don't have a web interface but still an awesome switch
Summary: I have a long history of using HP switches at my employer, but this was my first for my home network. This model sure does give you be best bang for the buck. It has all the features that an IT administrator would look for (VLAN's, traffic shaping, port loop protection, etc) but with the simplicity of a web interface. The only thing I wish it had were port labels in the web interface to keep track of what is connected where.
Summary: Dont listen to me, look around the web, its a J9450A. HP quality, lifetime warranty, fanless, 24 ports, semi managed. Its everything i need, so iv got two, my housemate another. best in class.
Summary: I own this switch along with an 8 port switch from the same Procurve 1800 series. It's a reliable switch, quiet (no fans running), and doesn't get hot. Used at home to expand the home network (network drives, home server and serves some wired outlets in the house (TV and office)). The switch's settings can be tweaked, but also works well 'out of the box' if you don't have much experience with setting up networks.
Summary: After reading what seemed like dozens upon dozens of positive reviews for this HP Switch, I ordered it and couldn't be happier. I wanted something that wouldn't break on me and the peace of mind of a lifetime warranty if it did. I'm using the switch to bring my home network up to speed and so far it's performing flawlessly.
Summary: This switch has a lot of powerful features that can come in handy. If you don't need any of them, just plug it in and it will work fine as well. If you need trunking, VLAN's and broadcast storm protection, this has it. The web management interface is easy to use and also has logging so you can troubleshoot your network. My favorite feature of this switch is the lack of a fan and low power consumption. I use these in many homes, so silence is a requirement!