Summary: Easy way to connect all your home network devices to the internet.Easy to operate and manage. Software is a little buggy so I don't recommend installing it. For the most part you don't need to manage your home network that closely.
Summary: I've deployed three of these, and like them. They're good for small and medium sized networks that use VLANs. They work fine with HP and Cisco managed switches. What's a VLAN? It's a technology that makes a single physical LAN operate like more than one physical LAN, by separating groups of ports into a "virtual LAN".
Great build, great quality, just an all around great product!~
15 October 2013
Summary: Awesome product and extremely low defect rate. Over the last year I have purchased 700+ of these with a current DOA rate of .1% and a failure rate outside of DOAs at .25%. Great low cost, metal cased switch!
Excerpt: This switch has all the options I need to monitor and manage my network. Initial setup was easy and configuration was what I would expect for a switch with so many options.<br /><br />Had to exchange the first switch they sent me because the heatsink had fallen off in shipping. It's not supposed to rattle when you get it.
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
Andrew G., Newegg
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.
Overall, a great little switch, especially for the money!
10 November 2011
Summary: This is really quite a fine little switch for the above-average home network or very small business network, especially given its fairly low price. I use it at home, primarily because I was looking for a switch that can handle 802.1q tags, and this little guy does that as well as some other features not found on your average switch.