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: I purchased 3 of these, hardware version 3 and 2 of them have already failed! The first one, the whole left side of the switch went dead - but the right side still worked. The 2nd one, which is only 3 months in use, just hold solid green lights on it. When I rebooted it, no lights.....dead. It's hard to want to do an RMA for something that you KNOW is going to fail anyway at some point.
Pros: Easy to setup, inexpensive, pretty purple color
Cons: I have 8 of these switches, 4 of which were hardware version 1 so I didn't think to much of it when 2 of those units crashed in 3 years.