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...
Do your homework and make sure it will work in your environment
D. Stein, Amazon
14 October 2014
Summary: For years I've been a big fan of Netgear's ProSafe switches of the "dumb" variety. Cheap, simple, reliable, built like a tank, etc. So I thought I would give one of their smart switches a try.
Summary: Received the switch earlier this week and spent last night setting it up. Noticed shortly thereafter that the switch was running pretty hot and contacted Netgear for support. They confirmed that there was an issue with it, but wanted to charge me for an Advance RMA.
Summary: If you set it for DHCP and it does not get an IP address, it will revert to its factory default IP address. Then if your DHCP server comes online, this unit will NOT initiate another DHCP. You will just be stuck scratching your head about where your switch went.
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...
Summary: If all you care about is a basic switch, and your need for management features is minimal, this might do. But in that situation, you might as well buy an unmanaged switch at half the price instead. It seems the many problems with this product might be fixed in a firmware update. I'm on 126.96.36.199.
Pros: This is quite cheap for a gigabit managed switch.
Cons: My earlier GS108T v1 worked great out of the box. This one did not. Like others here, the switch didn't grab an IP address via DHCP for me (from the standard Linux DHCP server that comes from my Tomato based wireless router). I might have worked around that by manually configuring a system to tal...
Cons: After 9 months this device died. All the connection lights just flash green together and no connected device recognizes it as being connected. Tried to call Netgear support and got dumped to a VM box! I know products die but after paying for a SMB class product I at least expected an expeditious ...
Summary: I've been a big adherent to Netgear's "dumb" switches for smaller installations and extending access for a long time. They just work. The GS108T original is great value, though I've heard that they left some of its features not properly working in the latest firmware versions.
Pros: Has all of the features of the original + some power-saving features and slightly expanded standards-based features. Still, non-PoE switches use so little power anyways this seems more like a PR move to "get with the times". It makes you wonder if marketers are sometimes the ones really controlli...
Cons: As others have noted, the NTP implementation doesn't work. I have pfSense 1.2.3 (FreeBSD-based w/ OpenNTPD) running that works like a charm elsewhere with hundreds of daily requests and this is the only device that doesn't work with it (it reports that it's receiving the "Server Kiss of Death". S...