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: I use Remote Desktop to access a Windows workstation over the LAN. For no apparent reason, this switch just slugs-out and stalls LAN traffic. Sometimes power-off reset fixes it, sometimes you just have to put up with it until it clears itself. (Example: I click on a drop-down menu and nothing happens for 2, 3, up to 5 seconds. Or, I'll be moving the cursor across the screen and it stalls mid-way. Keyboard inputs aren't echoed for seconds at a time).
Summary: Other manufacturers have similiar switches that out of the box, with no configuration, handle this simple looped cable and power cycle of said switch. It's quite wierd of NetGear to go backwards on a capability. We had been using the Version 1 in several hundred spots. Now we use a different brand when we buy a new one (probably a 100 of those new, other brands).
Pros: This is version 2 of similar switch from NetGear(previous version was all blue) and has quite a few features for the $.
Cons: The problem I encountered is no matter how RSTP and storm-control are configured, if you power cycle the switch while a loop is encounterd, it does not control the loop(read storm that makes your network or upstream switch unusable). The previous version of this switch, once you enable RSTP and storm-control did manage to control the ensuing storm from a looped cable and the power cycle of the switch. I left a message on the NetGear support site but have yet to hear b...
Summary: I've been a big fan of Netgear products for some years. I've used their GS105 and GS108 switches in various deployments for a previous job because of their durable construction and reliability. In that job I remember having various components fail, but never a Netgear switch. That is until I started using their smart switches. I have had 2 GS108T smart switches fail out of 2 purchased.
Pros: When it worked, it was fast and somewhat reliable. Rarely had to do anything to it for management. Mostly fire and forget. Range of features makes it attractive and works very well for small networks.
Cons: It failed within a few months. Catastrophically. At a very inopportune time.