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: 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.
Be careful: Power adapters concerns are VERY valid
29 January 2013
Summary: I purchased 5 of these units. Out of the box, 4 worked and 1 appeared to work but had a faulty power adapter. The power light was on for the unit but no traffic was coming through the switch. After checking everything, I remembered hearing about the power adapter in a review so I swapped it with another unit and it started working. Problem: NetGear would not make replacing the unit easy.
Summary: Handles all of my traffic well and without all of the crashes I have had with other brands. Highly recommended!! Always get a bigger (more ports) switch than you need because needs rarely decrease, rather they increase! Works great thanks Netgear!
Summary: This is the first product I have purchased that does not include the power source to run it. I now have to go out and buy a compatible power source. Go ahead and charge me for the power but don't ship the thing without a way to use it out of the box.
Summary: I bought this gigabit switch to upgrade from a 100kbps network to a gigabit network. Turns out this a great Ethernet switch. It is intelligent, so it figures out which ports are exchanging data at a given moment, and then dynamically optimizes data routing for lowest network overhead. So for instance, if port 1 and 3 are exchanging data , and port 2 and 4, it will create a "direct connect" between 1/3 parallel to the 2/4 connection at maximum speed for each group.
Summary: Good switch. Doesn't run too hot, no fan. Great transfer speeds and works well under very heavy load. For what I paid, I can live without managing the switch. Also, the main reason that I bought this switch (other than Gigabit, of course) is that it consumes very little power. It runs at approximately 25 watts, which is much better than my old 10/100 24-port switch.