Summary: The product works, but this "review" is meant as a heads-up and warning for anyone who looks to purchase NetGear products. NetGears website have a lot of marketing info about their Plus Switch series, and lists up and down all the features that series have. But it is not very clear which features the different sub models have.
Summary: The phrase cutting corners comes to mind when reviewing this product. A few good reasons why are listed below. I realize that the device is technically labeled as "unmanaged" but to have a management interface and leave it like this is disappointing because the physical size is just right for where I needed to place this unit. 1.
Summary: The switch hardware works well. The management interface program is a custom windows application and not a web or ssh interface. This is very troublesome as the protocol is blocked or shutdown by some antivirus apps. This product could be better with a web interface.
Summary: I'm a network engineer, and these little devices are pretty robust. I have noticed that they will drop individual packets every now and again. Nothing to extreme. I broke out wireshark, and started sniffing packets that flowed through this box, and looking at the technical specs, it appears that netgear did not include enough internal storage space to hold a NAT table larger them two to three devices.
Summary: Netgear has produced some really great hardware here, and made a serious effort to ruin it with poorly tested and incredibly vulnerable software. I don't hesitate to recommend this switch for an end-user in a very controlled environment, but I would absolutely recommend against using it in an environment where you might expect anyone to ever listen in to your traffic.
Pros: This switch does everything I could ask of it: VLANs, port mirroring, cable testing, QoS, and 802.1q support. It's also well-built, in a sturdy metal case, and looks like it will last forever.
Cons: The management interface is horribly convoluted. It uses a proprietary Adobe AIR application, requires that your PC be on the same subnet as the switch, but also literally broadcasts UDP to the FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF address, making sure everyone on your network gets your configuration, including your plaintext password. Netgear has seriously gone out of their way to invent a protocol and an application far more inconvenient and insecure than a simple web interface. Althou...
Summary: This could be a very good switch once Netgear resolves the issues. I very much like the GS105 (non-e) switches and this is exactly the same plus the management features. Also, what's with the management interface? My alarm clock has web management, but I need an app to manage my switch?
Cons: Couple of things: The first being that this switch has a MAJOR bug in the firmware that causes it to respond to ANY pings. For example, if I ping a "fake" address like 184.108.40.206 the switch replies. If I ping a real address like 220.127.116.11 I get two replies. One from the switch and another from 18.104.22.168 with the second reply marked as DUP (Duplicate). Traffic sometimes stop flowing, assuming as a result of this issue. The netgear forums have some posts about this issue. ...
Summary: Ein schweres und solide verarbeitetes Produkt, das einen wertigen Eindruck macht. Im täglichen Einsatz überzeugt es besonders, wenn es irgendwo fest verschraubt und gegen Staub geschützt seinen Dienst verrichten kann. Liegt es offen herum, verliert es schon bei kleinen Erschütterungen oder beim Verschieben die Verbindung und muß neu gestartet werden. Dies ist bereits der zweite Adapter. Der erste hatte das gleiche Problem.