Summary: So this switch is a great little unmanaged switch. However it is being advertised and grouped with other managed switches. Yet the product tags correctly identify it as an unmanaged switch. Very confusing.
Pros: Have been running 3 of these in one of our offices for almost a year now and none of them have gone down or reset to factory (unlike old linksys ones).
Cons: Had an issue with Atheros AR9285 not getting traffic when switching to WPA2-AES (known issue with 9285 and lots of APs) and had tried switching to 1.25 Firmware to fix. All 3 I upgraded the firmware on constantly reset on PoE, fine when powered. Switching back to 1.20 firmware resolved PoE issues.
Summary: I've installed eight of these over the last two years and they stand out to me because of their build quality and their incredible range. Also, they are one of the few APs at this price point that can do WDS+AP in a chain. That is to say you can "daisy-chain" three of these together to get one continous line of wlan signal coverage. just make sure that if you're going to use wireless security for WDS, you use WPA/WPA2 WITH AES. DO NOT USE THE AUTO CYPHER FEATURE.
Pros: easy setup lots of options good event logging very versatile feels very well-built 3Xantennas incredible signal strength works great as a wireless bridge (wireless network adapter connected to a system using generic network connection by ethernet cable instead of PCI or USB)
Cons: awkward GUI beware using this in WDS mode with WDS capable APs/routers of other brands
Still great value despite the bad form factor revision...
12 July 2011
Summary: Great option if you can score one or two with FS or possibly a coupon.
Pros: With a lifetime warranty as well as being the only low-end or dumb switch that supports 802.1p QoS, the same way that all newer low-end gigabit D-Link switches do, there is undeniable value here for uses that include the same QoS technology over other similar options. Also, this newest revision powers off of a 5V 1.2A power spec, and can unofficially run just fine off of 1.0A, which means you can now power these off of a USB port on your laptop if youre in a conferenc...
Cons: Why D-Link refuses to make their low-end switches with the standard metal-box form factor is beyond me, but theyve taken yet another step backwards with this strange new desktop design. Maybe its meant to discourage users from stacking units, and maybe theyre keeping the plastic in hopes that more units will be dropped or crushed so theyll have fewer to service with that lifetime warranty. Either way, its almost worth taking two stars off of it when you compare this r...
Summary: Pros: Easy to set up, good signal strength covers my entire office space in two stories. Nice range of features. Cons: The only problem I've had is with the scheduling feature. Wireless network turns off, but never comes back as scheduled. So I won't be using that feature, at least for now. Have not checked for a Firmware update yet.