Summary: This is getting a bit long in the tooth now days, but this is a gig-port switch, let's you do vlans and QoS, and aggregate a couple ports. I think the switch is great for home use, especially with a synology or other NAS solution that can take advantage of aggregated gigabit ports. The sweet spot is certainly those kinds of appliances in a wired home networking environment. I have it mounted in a Leviton Structured Media Cabinet.
Summary: This seller, Origin Micro, delivered a unit prepared for foreign markets. Inside the manufacturer's box was a power module that wouldn't plug into US AC outlets, and required 230 VAC, Taped on the outside of the NetGear box was an off-brand power module that would work on US outlets. The packaged literature was for English, French, German & Russian, only. This reinforces the uncertain origins theory. The software, ProSafe Plus, seemed to load, but never worked.
Summary: prior to this I replaced a TP-Link 10/100 switch and I kept thinking my network would have hiccups every now and then. The problem was a bit more pronounced with online videos from YouTube. Now since putting in the upgraded netgear switch it seems to be a bit more smoother now.
Summary: I've wired up 3 residences now for broadband using CAT5e cable runs connected directly to one of these switches. They're simple plug-and-play unmanaged switches, providing solid, problem-free GbE service, and they take up a minimal amount of space, fitting nicely in a standard Leviton low-voltage wall box. The switch is designed to be wall-mounted with bottom slots, and has a convenient no-fan design.
Summary: I got tired of replacing the Linksys/Cisco switches that only lasted a couple years before becoming intermittent. This Netgear switch is solid, runs cool and has worked flawlessly. I'd highly recommend this unit.
One the first didn't work and I was told by Netgear it was defective, I got a second that didn't work either.
Mark C. Gibson, Amazon
8 November 2013
Summary: I spent many hours with tech support trying to get this switch with my router. Worked only intermittently. Whne I was told by Netgear tech support that the switch was defective I replaced it with the same model. It didn't work either, same problem, "defective".
Summary: Every once in a while out of the box, some pieces of technology will not always work. This unit however works for me and my company just fine, and I have not had any issues. It even came with a power source. Do not blame a company for a simple wire being broken with a power supply.
Summary: This review is for the GS116E. It is "Unmanaged Plus", which apparently means you can make a few config settings. The configuration software is terrible. There is NO WEB INTERFACE. There is only a Windows program. I can only get it to work on about 50% of the computers I install it on.