Summary: I got this because STP does not work across its ports. If you need to isolate out(break) STP enabled devices, it works great. If you don't know what that is, I'd recommend not getting this one.
Cons: I bought it to replace a router that would,intermittently, reset its connection. Since my download speed decreased from 20 mph to 6 mph,and, I had already mailed in the rebate forms, I had to toss it. I kept the box though, I am going to use it to house a remote USB 3 terminal, my motherboard onl...
Summary: I bought this to go behind my entertainment center and hook up all network enabled devices. For example TV, Direct Genie, Xbox360, PS3, Denon AVR. Because I only had 1 Cat 5E pulled o the back of the center this seemed like the perfect product to hook them all up.
Summary: It would be nice if Netgear had performed adequate testing and fixed the mounting problem
Pros: All metal, small and compact. Netgear stand behind their warranty as I've had two older units replaced. The new units are smaller and more efficient.
Cons: If you mount the unit to a cabinet or wall using the two supplied screws, then it stops working. One of of the two screws is grounding out something internally. I've had the same problem with both of my switches. The other keyhole slot is fine to use.
Summary: Used to like Netgear a lot but more and more gravitate away from for dishonest warranty claims like "lifetime warranty" that does not cover AC adapters.
Pros: Solid performance. Only seldom hung ups with reboots.
Cons: AC adapters are just abysmally bad. a) they buzz and cause audible interference in audio systems. b) they fail and not covered by warranty so buying a new one will cost you more than a switch itself. c) AC adapters run hot.
Summary: I'll come back to adjust my rating after I hear from Netgear....
Pros: Small, metal case, well built, inexpensive after rebate and gigabit.
Cons: I am contacting Netgear for support, but right now, this device takes a 27 Mbps download speed over a 1Gbps link and turns it into 4 Mbps. Take the device out and the speed leaps back. I tried different ports and different cables. No luck. Upload speed is not affected (5-6Mbps).
Summary: I really like this device when I first got it because it was a plug and go device. However, 8 months later, one of the ports has failed. None of the devices I plug into this port work on that port, but they work on the other ports.
Summary: I have read on the forums that there is a software update in Beta that will fix the ping bug, but no word on when it will be available. Definitely check/update the firmware if you get one of these.
Pros: Nice durable metal case construction, small. VLAN, Port Mirroring, Discoverable on the Network, IP addressable fixed or DHCP. Netgear ProSafe - have had good luck with ProSafe.
Cons: Not as simple as the GS105 which is a better choice for simple installs. There is a bug - These devices will reply to a ping even if ping isn't addressed to them. This may be disruptive to your network if you rely on ping as a health monitor and at a minimum creates uncertainty and confusion. Man...
Two out of the three I've owned have developed problems.
Sean Q., Amazon
7 March 2009
Summary: These switches are great when they work, but after a period of 2-3 years two of the three I've owned started having serious problems. Six months ago I noticed that while using my Xbox360 as a Media Extender - something I do all the time - I started getting a lot of "Network Congestion" messages and...