Summary: I bought this switch back in 2009, and checking underneath I see now that it was the "v2" version. It has worked OK but within the past several months, it has a tendency to dramatically slow down. Using speedtest.net as a gauge, my connection, when bad, will drop from ~150Mbit/s to 2Mbit/s.
Summary: I bought this in April of 2009, at the time I was happy with the performance. I haven't been regularly monitoring its performance. Nov of 2011 I noticed that a wireless access point connected to this switch was having performance issue, but I chalked it to the wireless switch.
Summary: My 5-port version (GS605 v2) is also unreliable, but less so.
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 ma...
Summary: It took a while to diagnose the problem. At first I thought it was a failed NIC, but the problem persisted through different cards. Then I thought it might be a computer issue, but almost every computer attached to the switch was having connectivity issues.
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 lin...
Summary: I'd recommend looking elsewhere for an 8 port GigE switch. Your switch (or maybe your network card) is the last thing you think is broken when you start having networking issues. This piece of hardware seems to have a history of breaking.
Pros: -modestly priced
Cons: -runs very hot -after a few years it started generating random network errors
Summary: I'd pass on this one. There are better, lower power switches out there. Next switch will be a managed one so I can better see what's going on
Pros: Nice little switch, easy to see LEDs and
Cons: Runs a bit on the warm side. My Kill-a-watt rated it as 20W, so don't plan on stacking anything on top of it. After about a year and a half of usage, started seeing wierd network issues, random ports dropping to 100mbit or not connecting at all. Switch reboot would solve the problem for about 2-3...
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.
Summary: Bought one of each GS608 and GS108 to take advantage of rebates (1 per model at that time). GS108 still working well and has a lifetime warranty. Saved a few bucks initially but now I have to pay for a replacement.
Pros: Worked great out of the box. Does what it says.
Cons: Quality is not great. Worked well for 2 1/2 years before capacitor problem showed up (kept resetting).