Excerpt: This switch has the functionality of a much more expensive switch but makes it affordable for anyone to use. I use VLAN tagging extensively and while it's difficult to set up, once it's put in place I don't have to touch it at all. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an inexpensive solution for multiple vlans in their office or a staging environment. Anything production take a look at the brocade line.
Excerpt: We picked up this switch for our small design & interactive company. We've had a few pieces of NETGEAR hardware in the past.<br /><br />The older SonicWALL 1260 wasn't providing gigabit speeds on its LAN and the new FiOS router provides SPI anyway.<br /><br />The Prosafe is super fast and works out of the box. We had a little trouble opening the management interface -- it won't talk to the Parallels (software) network interface on a Mac but with a PC it was OK.
Pros: The price, NewEgg delivery speed, multiple LEDs for complete status of each port, tons of features. You'd have to more than double the price of this switch to get as many goodies under the hood.
Cons: Implementation of 802.1q has a few idiosyncrasies (limited to very few VLANs), management is *only* via www. These aren't really deal breakers as long as you remember: this is not an enterprise switch, it's a workgroup or lab environment switch for a real geek. There are two fans on the right side of the switch that pull hot air out and the intake is on the left. (this is more efficient than pushing cold air in, and I'm amazed that only Netgear has figured that out.) ...
Pros: FAST! 16 Gigabit ports, plus 2 Fiber ports, small form factor
Cons: I'm not giving newegg or netgear or the switch a dig on the eggs for this, because It very well could just be my switch, since I bought it used (not on new egg) but it HOWLS like a beast. see comments in other thoughts.
Summary: No syslog, but it does support sending SNMP traps.
Pros: This switch does 90% of what much more expensive managed L2 switches do, at a fraction of the price. And unlike some other cheap managed switches, the web GUI on this one works great with IE7 and Mozilla 2.0.
Cons: No CLI or console interface, but at it is configurable via SNMP.
Summary: 2) I was very disappointed to see there is no way to upgrade the firmware via the web interface or a CLI. Since I run an entirely Linux/BSD based environment I had to fire up VMWare just to install and use the included Windows/Mac specific utility to upload new firmware.
Pros: Fast, nice feature set, fairly intuitive web interface and nice appearance.
Cons: 1) Noise.. In a server room or enclosed network closet this thing would be relatively silent, but sitting in a rack in my home office I can hear the fan noise from across the room. The switch uses two small, non-variable speed fans that make approx the same noise as a cheap consumer PC. Given the servers and PCs in my office all have high-end, noise damping cases, this is now the loudest item in the room.
Pros: This switch is very fast. Connecting an NFS server to a couple of database servers I measured actual throughput in the 6-800MBit/sec range. The configuration options are basic, but the only thing I care about are the port based VLANs and jumbo frames.
Cons: no 'span port'. It can only mirror one port to a second port. No telnet/ssh access. You need a gui web browser to admin it ('lynx' will not work)