Summary: If you're a very small business, these may work fine. If you are an SMB or SME, consider moving up to Cisco, HP, Juniper, Dell - hell, I think even D-LINK business switches are supposed to be more reliable than these. I would not recommend Netgear for any networks pushing large amounts of data 24/7.
Pros: Nice specs
Cons: Consistently eventually shows "fan failure" regardless of firmware update. It appears this is the case for all GSM series switches
Summary: I have always purchased NetGear but have never had to deal with tech support to this extent. Now I have a different opinion of the company and will probably look elsewhere the next time. Sorry Netgear.
Pros: This unit comes complete with everything to hook it up and mount it. It even comes with a serial communications cable. Well built cabinet.
Cons: Usually you will give a low score on a device when it does not work. This is one of them. After 4 weeks in service this unit started dumping clients off of the network. This unit is used in a radio station moving uncompressed digital audio from a server to client air computers. I am not a network engineer but I can read and usually get things figured out. After several complaints from staff and then a complete meltdown on a Sunday I pulled this unit from service and p...
Pros: The price was right for the features it has. The CLI has a little bit of a learning curve coming from cisco, but I found it to be somewhat similar and much easier to comprehend than the web interface. The gigabit cisco switches were just way too expensive for our application. (The real cisco switches, not the linksys disquised as a cisco switches)
Cons: The web interface was REALLY confusing to me. It's not very intuitive at all.
Summary: Newegg is great and I'll continue considering them for business purchases. Also, if you do get one of these switches, don't forget the gigabit NIC's. I say that because I forgot about a couple machines that had the 10/100 cards and there was a noticable difference when I replaced the cards
Pros: Documentation is on a CD but is very extensive. It'll keep you busy for a few days reading it all. Also, includesd a quickstart setup sheet that had me up and running pretty quick. I would advise assigning these a static ip which is pretty easy to do with hyperterminal. The web interface is easy to use and pretty extensive. Port locations alternate up and down instead of 1-12 on one row and 13-24 on next which worked out better for me. Once I got into the web interfac...
Cons: Tech support. After I installed and hooked up the switches (3 stacked) I started getting complaints that the network was running slow. I noticed that one switch was generating collisions so I put the old switches on line and everything was fine. I called tech support and talked to David who told me I had to download the latest firmware but I found out later that the switches had the latest firmware installed. That was his only offer of a solution, like he just wanted ...
Pros: Nice web interface. Much easier to manage than Cisco and easier to mine out information. Installed it side by side with a Cisco 3750 (that cost about $4,500) and actually got about 3-4% faster throughput for 1/4 the price.
Cons: Doesn't have the dizzing array of options that a Cisco does but perhaps that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Pros: Easy installation, nice interface, very configurable and well supported. It was easy to set up a well secured, switched network with this and still maintain a very, very high speed. This thing blazes! slowest thing on my network is the harddrives in the computers :(