Pros: Its cheap, it does VLAN, and with its metal housing you can mount it somewhere.
Cons: Its flaky. The port mirroring simply is not working. Even if it did work, the interface makes no sense. There are some other flaky things that unfortunately I can't remember now. I stopped using it over a year ago. I recently put it back to work on something simple. Its VLAN configuration is more understandable than my DLink and its instructions are better. Overall useability though is flaky.
Good luck getting hold of Netgear if you have problem
28 September 2012
Pros: Works as advertised when it works.
Cons: My unit died after about a year of use. I was unable to reach anyone at Netgear by phone, so I submitted a ticket online. I got a response the next day telling me to call for an RMA. After navigating the Netgear phone tree three times and ending up with a dead line each time, I gave up.
Summary: I purchase this switch so have managed switches in my network, but after buying one and it was DOA and Amazon sent another one and it was DOA too! I use to love Netgear but after these DOA and another netgear switch POE switch died only after 2 years, i guess i am buy HP switches from now on.
Summary: Great switch. I have 4 of these throughout my house. I'm using this with a GS724T and am using VLANing to separate my chatty IPTV devices from my home computer networks. This allows me to make sure my TV and Computers don't effect one another. These units are great, I have no issues with any of these and they work as designed.
Very good value so far - here is my experience with these
SE "Steve", Amazon
22 May 2012
Summary: My overall feature usage of these switches is limited so I can't say that everything works perfectly, but I will share what I do know. Feel free to comment if you feel otherwise. With limited non-enterprise funds, I purchased the 8-port version of this switch and its bigger brother 24-port version (amazingly inexpensive at the time). After 2 years, these switches have not let me down.
Summary: I'm a networking professional but needed something economical for my church that supports VLANs with low port counts for remote parts of the facility. I picked up three of these. It took a little figuring out of how they did the VLANs (switch GUIs vary widely among models even with a mfg line) but this packs a lot of configuration options for a low price. So far so good. It even came with the most recent firmware, which is kind of unusual.