Summary: These were rebooting for every single little change. For example, I entered "information services" in the switch info for the contact person. Applying rebooted the switch without it telling me "switch rebooting". This got me into changing the next thing without knowing the switch was rebooting, and losing my next changes because the switch was powering back up.
Cons: no ssh access - but I knew that part going in - what frustrates me is that the switch reboots without warning for every little change you make - even text fields which don't have any effect on any switch-port configuration.
Summary: I have used these to hook via fiber (combo port by generic manuf.) from building to building. I have used them to power 12 NEC ip phones...check how much draw your phones are so as not to hook up too many. They sit in a closet so noise is not applicable. (knock on wood) They just run!
Pros: Small business can utilize this to run phones along with data. Combo ports are good for linking buildings/switches together. Rackmount ready. Gigabit ports for the big stuff!
Cons: needed a firmware update upon arrival to do what I wanted - minus egg.
Summary: As an IP PBX integrator, I was surprised that I can found Rack-Mount product on Walmart.com. Netgear has reliable products. Warmart is reliable channel. They are a perfect match for me. Hopefully, Walmart.com will carry other enterprise products and has a portal for people like us, system integrator, services providers.
Excerpt: Just finished a "Smart Home" installation utilizing Crestron electronics. There were 15 in-wall touch panels and a few other devices that receive power over Ethernet. This switch requires no setup, and truly was "Plug and Play". Much better than using single device PoE injectors!
Summary: I have other Netgear stuff that I like very much. I'm not super fond of the web interface being the only option and loathe that there is no serial port for recovery of the device. This device really only has PoE and the uplinks going for it in my opinion. Beyond that, it is horrible. I'd suggest to someone not getting this specifically for only VoIP traffic to look elsewhere, such as one of their switches with all gig ports for not that much more.
Pros: - Low cost PoE solution for a VoIP network
Cons: - Firmware update process on my v1 of this went badly - even if proper process followed, it is risky (just search online...I'm not the only one)
Pros: PoE, good uplink options, management interface, lifetime warranty...seems like a perfect choice for an office with 10-20 devices including VoIP phones. I'd rate it four eggs based on the features.
Cons: As others have commented, the fan in these things are loud...you don't want to share an office with it.