Summary: You don't have to install the management software with Netgear switches, you can do all of the setup through the web interface.
Pros: I've always found the ProSafe switch line to be a very good entry-level switch where you need things like LACP or VLAN, but don't want to spend a few hundred or few thousand. I've used a 16-port model for years with no issues and recently bought an 8-port to extend the network to another location...
Cons: HTTPS support for managing the switch is not so good any more due to the TLS version used. I suggest putting your switch management address on a separate VLAN.
Summary: It worked great for one week, now I'm having repeated network issues with it. I'll have to call support to get it replaced. It keeps shutting off ports by itself and now this morning I've lost all connections to it including the ability to login to it to see why the switch is not working.
Excerpt: I bought this switch because I thought it would be great because it can do VLAN's, DHCP, and other stuff, but I was wrong. I do like that you can use a GUI instead of CLI to work with the unit. I am not sure why, but the software that you install for the product is basically useless.
Summary: I bought this switch to allow me to manage my network and make it MORE secure -- NOT LESS. It seems to me that manufactures like Netgear are compromising our privacy and security for a profit.
Pros: Seem to work GREAT!
Cons: To use management software, you have to accept installation of Adobe AIR and Adobe's licenses giving them the right to serve ads and sell your IP address, and give access to your information to third parties which they don't promise to control at all. Have to allow installation of Java in your br...
This is the Netgear Smart Switch. It has some dvanced features such as ...
Professor H "1amazonreviewer @ gmail . com", Amazon
19 February 2015
Summary: This is the Netgear Smart Switch. It has some dvanced features such as 802.1x, ACLs, Rate limiting, DSCP/TOS-based prioritization, IGMP Snooping, SNMP v1, v2, RSTP Can be managed on your network through its web-based GUI