If you need Gigabit speed on the cheap, get it. Unless you need ssh/telnet.
5 October 2012
Summary: Never been a fan of NetGear (too many other NetGear products have failed on me) but typically their products are *very* cheap when compared to Cisco. Upside on this switch, supports 802.3ab (LACP), downside = can't ssh/telnet into it, have to manage it from the built-in website (which makes automation a pain).
Summary: This is used as the main network switch for a school. It runs quite cool in the rack with open space on either side. The fans are fairly noisy, but no worse than the server. Web interface was easy to use and configure. Can't beat the price!
Summary: Beware. We installed about 24 of these guys over the course of the past 2 years. Around half of them have failed due to (get this...) bad exhaust fans. The fans in these things are super cheap and will go out without warning. The switch will then heat up like a stove... hot enough to burn your hand. Then it locks up and drops all connections.