Summary: I wouldn't run out and look for one of these on an auction site or anywhere else you might find one used. Chances are it's all used up. I replaced mine with a Cisco SG102-24 Gigabit switch and my network came to life again.
Excerpt: I was real excited when I purchased this modem router, I thought I got a good one. I do like a lot of the features in the software program that came with it. It shows all the things that are connected and you can name them. But, it works good with 7 of my Panasonic security cameras but the 2 outdoor ones that I gave $1200 for some reason won't work with this router and I am very disappointed.
Summary: I have this connected to my main gaming PC, home server and TiVo. Should be fine if you are not transferring large files often but if you are I would get a metal chasis switch which will help reduce overheating
Pros: works great with good transer speeds when using gigabit devices. Can be mounted on a wall or upright in 2 different ways
Cons: every few months this switch locks up and stops working. I suspect the device is overheating as it will work again if you switch it off for a few minutes
Summary: If your unit has bad capacitors the best thing to do is to keep the switch in a cool room with a stable temperature and at least some air flow. This will slow the wear and tear on the unit, in general it is good for all equipment but especially to those which tend to have faulty capacitors.
Pros: Cheap, worked well to start with, 8-port gigabit connectivity. Good switch until it died.
Cons: After about two year the unit started to fail at gigabit speeds, devices which supported it would start to bounce between 100-full and 1000-full which slowly got worse. Would have RMA'd the unit but warranty repair service was almost the cost of buying a new switch. Before tossing the unit, I examined the unit I noticed some bulged capacitors and verified online the known problem of cheap caps. Not sure if the cheap cap problem has been resolved or not but units manuf...
Excerpt: For 14 months it performed flawlessly. Then one morning my network was down. I checked everything and the power light was on but the port lights were off. After shooting the problem I determined that the device had failed. Since it has a two year guarantee I contacted their tech support and they are in the process of replacing the switch. Unfortunately, I could not wait for the replacement so I purchased this replacement.
Pros: Easily Expanded, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Small
The Netgear GS608 8 Port Gigabit Switch - Can Be a Good Option, But Check Your Version Number
19 March 2009
Summary: is a good product with nice clean lines. The one I have actually works flawlessly for my needs. The problem I have is that I have noticed that there is a wide variation in performance depending on the version of the switch that you get. If you have a v1, you will not get full jumbo packet support, thereby limiting you to 20 MBps. If you have v2, you will get full jumbo packet support, but non-windows computers seem to have hardware issues interfacing with the ports.
Pros: It's a good reliable switch. I've used the similar 5-port model in the past, and purchased this to move additional machines to gig-e.
Cons: The specifications Newegg publish for this product are misleading. The product page claims that the buffer memory is 1MB. However, the product packaging and Netgear's own website make it clear that the buffer is only 128KB. I might have selected one of Netgear's cheaper competitors if the specifications had been accurate.
Summary: Since the cons were long I will restate: be aware, if you are having connectivity problems with this switch, it really can be the switch and not the computer.
Pros: It is relatively inexpensive for a 10/100/1000 Switch
Cons: I have had experiences where certain computers with Gigabit LAN controllers would not work to this switch. The latest one was an ASUS M2A-VM motherboard with a Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC that would only try to connect at 100Mb and then fail. I have issues with another ASUS motherboard but not all (I just built an i7 Intel Extreme with an ASUS P6T Deluxe but it has the Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller). I have placed a differ...