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.
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...
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.