Summary: Ports would light and devices would connect, they would even move some packets, but on heavy use the switch would squeel in agony, literally make noise .. lights would flicker on and off and transfer rates were sub 10 Mbps. It didn't matter which ports I plugged devices into. I have three other switches around the house, one of them going on 10+ years old, that are still rock solid. This is my first and last Netgear product.
Pros: It looks pretty. Can keep paper from blowing away.
Cons: Failed just shy of 3 years. MTBF is 10 years? Right.... Back that up with a warranty.
Summary: My plans were to hook this up to two computers and two Dish receivers and then leave to hook ups in other rooms for lap tops if needed. so far it has worked out great. My next step is to add video com. so my parents can see their grandaughter, I hope it will work. Wish me luck.
Pros: Worked for a while, maybe a year? Maybe that's all you can expect at this price?
Cons: Some PCs would seem to be connected (link light) but couldn't reliably get a DHCP address or pass data. Others couldn't negotiate a gigabit connection (amber LED instead of green). Plug it into a different port and it'd go green -- but it wasn't always the same port. When the uplink port to my main switch was the port going wonky, then all the PCs would be off the Internet. I didn't try too hard to analyze it, just threw it out.
Summary: This product is just Junk! I own several other gigabit switches and haven't had any troubles with the rest.
Pros: Nice idea if it worked.
Cons: I've RMA'd 3 of these. I'm just about to go for my 4th. The problem has always been that one or more port does not work at Gigabit speeds. Plug the computer into a different port and it works fine -- go back to the bad port and you only get 100Mbps.
Cons: 1 egg because it fails at its only function, which is being a gigabit switch. I bought this 6/12/2006 from Newegg along with a Netgear figabit card for my older computer which didn't have a gigabit port. The router worked fine for a month or so and then wouldn't negotiate speeds correctly after that. I would plug in a gigabit device and it would detect it as 100Mbps. I had to power cycle the switch and try different ports to get it to recognize 1Gbps. Even the netgear...
Summary: For those that don't know, GigE should transfer theoretically at about 125MB/s (if the HDD can keep up), 100Mb at 12.5MB/s, and 10Mb at 1.25MB/s. My transfer rates were less than 10Mb speeds!
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing white case design (in my opinion). I prefer the ports in the rear of the unit myself, as opposed to the rackmountable Netgear units that have the ports in the front.
Cons: Very unreliable. I bought two of these for my (rather complex) home network, and both have been the cause for network connectivity issues. After about a year for each unit, the network ports wouldn't connect at GigE speeds anymore, and would transfer at most 500kB/sec even when the negotiated link speed was 100Mb.