Summary: One of the worst switches I have ever bought. 1) Don't be fooled by the documentation, it only does static routing. 2) The support folks couldn't tell one model from another when I spoke to them. 3) The DHCP server just flatly fails to work. If you need a cheap 48port switch where basic support of vlans work? This switch is probably ok. Don't expect anything beyond this to work.
It is worth spending a little more on a decent switch
14 October 2012
Summary: Unfortunately with this switch I had to learn that the hard way. I have the latest firmware installed on this switch. The DHCP would not assign all the addresses in the address pool. We had to unplug from power and do a hard reset to get the DHCP to assign all the addresses. Initially I wanted to get a 96 Gig back plane at a reasonable cost however if you are going to buy a 48 port switch you might as well skip this switch, spend a few hundred dollars more and get a...
Summary: 48 ports of gigabit sweetness. Managed L2 capabilities for QOS and VLAN segregation for my internal network. It's only been a month but it's working very well, especially for the price. Since this has a lifetime warranty I think I'm going to be very happy with it.
Summary: I installed this switch in our small office. It works flawlessly right out of the box. Very hard to understand all the lingo in the setup configuration unless your are a networking gearhead. It has way too many programming options. It was completely over my head. However, by calling netgear, I was able to optimize the settings for my needs.
Summary: I have been a fan of NetGear's blue-metal-box line (now called ProSafe) for some years, so I dove into this box (and its 24-port brother) for a project I was working on. Out of the box, they were plug-and-play. They automatically detected 4 parallel spans to another vendor's switch and started using them before I had a chance to formally configure a LAG (link aggregation group).