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: 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.
Excerpt: Seriously degrades network speed. Put this switch between PC and router and watch your speed drop and drop again when you add another device. Technical support put me on hold for 20 minutes and eventually disconnected.
Pros: Nice looking switch, goes well with my Netgear router. Good gigabit speed on my home network - when it works. Simply plug it in and gigabit to go!
Cons: If a 10/100 computer is connected, other connections randomly drop from 1000mps to 100mps. Randomly drops speed to 100 with only gigabit computers attached as well. Even on a fresh computer boot may connect at slower speed. Can correct speed by unplugging switch and rebooting it as needed. Very convenient! After 2 weeks was going to return switch and when I went for an RMA there was a notice that the warranty/return had expired for this product. My first disappointmen...
Summary: Have always used netgear routers without an issue and for a year or so had no issue with this hub. Plug and play, auto sensing worked fine. Mine is completly populated with printers, hard drives etc. Began to have a periodic connectivity issues which a power off/on seemed to sort out. But recently internet connectivity was really slow and assumed it was my provider.
Summary: Didn't last very long (3 years) but just drops to 100mb or disconnects instead of failing. Just bought another Netgear which works in place of this but thought my new hardware was faulty because of this flaky switch......everything should last longer than this.....when the new one fails no Netgear for me.....
Summary: Works fine, but item description did not make it clear that this is a european import model with a UK plug attached to the power adapter, making the plug/adapter combination very bulky and limiting where it can be plugged in.
Summary: The Netgeat switch is excellent and works really well. I am only giving this two stars as it comes with a EU power supply and not a UK one. I have had to spend an extra £10 getting a new power supply. The item listing needs to be changed!!! DO NOT BUY for the UK, spend extra at another retailer for a UK model.