Summary: I have 11 of these in my old network in offices that have been expanded. They have been excellent 5 port (and a few of the 8 port variety (GS108Gev2). because they are semi-managed, they make it much easier to find and correct problems on the network. They automatically fix loop and several other problems of networks build by, yes, students. Two problems- they come with a class C subnet and must be reconfigured before installing, something most small switches don't need.
Summary: This switch works fine for what I needed. I don't know that it is worth the extra money over the GS105. For what I needed I could have saved some money if I purchased the non "E" version. I own both now and they both work very well.
Excerpt: This is one of the best deals in a small network switch. You can just plug it in and use it right out of the box as an unmanaged switch, or install the included software on one of your PCs connected to the network to use it as a managed switch.The advanced features include Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritize network traffic (essential if you are running VoIP or audio/video streaming applications on your network), Virtual LAN support (I use this to keep Audio over IP...
Summary: I purchased this switch so that I can use port mirroring and monitor my home network. The initial setup required a Windows computer, which seems like a horrible design. Although, once I set it up, I was able to move it around with no problem. This is an awesome switch for someone wanting to manage it, considering that it is advertised as 'unmanaged.
Excerpt: i had to do my own research to figure out something i needed to know to complete the switch's setup. if not my netwworks couldn't talk to each other.otherwise it would have gotten 5 stars for speed and ease of use.