Summary: This switch is exactly as described. It was easy to install and make all of the connections. I upgraded the speed of my cable internet to maximum and had computers with 1000Mb NIC cards in them. I deleted the slower switches I had. I chose this particular model because I wired my home in all rooms with Cat 5e wiring and wanted to run at top speeds. My home network is now able to run the 1000Mb that I wanted.
Summary: Do NOT buy this switch!!!! After many hours with NetGear and my IT guy we came to the conclusion that it wont work. It is a managed switch which you need their software. After many trys not one computer would go online.
Summary: This compact unit is a major component in my new central wiring closet. Being only 11 1/2" long, it installed easily inside the 14" wide in-wall metal cabinet and worked immediately after powering up. The switch simply does its job without hitches or generating heat; just flashes its lights on the active ports. My experience was 5 stars. Only con: None of the ports are POI (Power Over Internet), which I knew before purchasing.
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 Ethernet Switch works really well. I had the regular consumer switches from the big box stores in the past but they seemed troublesome and failed a lot. I believe this is the Pro Series so they are not as attractive as the regular ones but work much better. If you go to the Netgear site you can download a PDF of all their many switches. This is one of their better switches from what I can see. It also has a larger buffer then the regular ones.
Summary: I had zero issues with this switch, which is exactly how it's supposed to be. There are no frills, but great performance and when you have suffered through a bad switch and replaced it with a good one like this netgear, it looks like the second coming. Works great.