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NETGEAR 48 Port Gigabit Smart Switch w/ 4 Combo ports - Lifetime Warranty (GS748T)

  • 48 x RJ45 + 4 x SFP
  • Pro Support 24x7 1 year

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
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  • Anonymous
  • 5/23/2014 10:12:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Has fiber ports

Cons: The switch i received reboots itself randomly, they even released new firmware to "fix" the random restarts, but the problem persists.

Other Thoughts: steer clear of this switch.

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  • Phil P.
  • 11/14/2013 6:52:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFailed After two Weeks

Pros: When it was working it was fine. Fan started speeding. Router wouldn't work when switch was plugged into a port. Removed switch and router started. Restarted after repowered.

Cons: Will defer judgement until new one arrives.

Other Thoughts: None yet.

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  • Justin Y.
  • 9/27/2013 9:35:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great! Easy to setup

Pros: Easy to setup. Easy to configure. Easy to program

Cons: Fans are loud but not any louder than any other 48 port switch I have used. For an device that hangs out in a closet does it really matter?

Other Thoughts: I have been running this switch for 3 weeks now with no problems, no reboots or any other issues. The UI is a little slow, but how much time you do spend hanging out inside your switch?

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  • Michael L.
  • 4/29/2013 1:46:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat switch, if you prefer 24x7x350 operation

Pros: It's cheap, it's easy to configure, it's purple, and it has 48 ports that pass traffic most of the time

Cons: It fails, it locks up, it losses it's config, it doesn't always work if you unplug it and plug it back in, it hates losing power, it's bad at being reliable

Other Thoughts: I used to roll out Netgear switches all the time years ago, back with V1 of this same exact switch. Those swithces ran for years, without issue.

These V3, and V4 models of the Netgears quit quicker than the Lakers after Kobe got injured before the playoffs.

NewEgg has the option for me to upload a video, it would be a video of me bashing this thing into pieces. It's the 5th unit that I purchased that has failed and it's only 4 months old. I have had 2 units other units fail, one after a power outage and the other after I unplugged it and plugged it back in. I've had others fail where half of the ports work and the other half dont.

Stay away from this if your in a corporate environment where downtime is unacceptable.

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  • Jay R.
  • 3/21/2013 4:47:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsArrived With a Rattle

Pros: Cost per port is a real bargain.

Cons: Arrived with a rattle inside. I needed to return it or open it to inspect where the rattle was coming from. I knew not to dare plug it in an power it up with an unknown source of rattle inside. A heat sink fell off on of the chips it was designed to cool a second heats ink was only half attached. I was able to see no apparent damage to the circuit board. I reattached the heatsink(s) powered it on and it is working well. Frighteningly loud when power is first applied but soon it tames down to a reasonable noise level.

Other Thoughts: Netgear should review the mechanical design of this product. Regardless of the fact that there is a high probability that a very large number of these lose a heatsink during shipping or transit. It is my opinion that Netgear can revise the method they use to attach the heatsinks and opt to use screws instead of plastic push pegs for attachment.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/13/2012 8:48:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVersion 4

Pros: Cost - Got this thing on sale for >$400 from Newegg after coupon. Impossible to beat. Even Trendnet doesn't come close.
Speed - You won't find this speed for the price anywhere else.
Simplicity - It's not feature-tastic, but like it says, it's good for small businesses (smaller, simpler networks).
Warranty - Had an old version of this switch and one port went out on me, so I had a chat on the phone with Netgear. They authorized an RMA on a 4 year old switch, and for $20 shipping charge they sent me a new one with a label for me to send my old one back with. The best part was that I traded a V2 for a V4 with no downtime!

Cons: Robustitude - Not a lot of features. In my case this was not a con.
Resilience? - I've had one of these switches in the past and a port died on it, but the warranty took care of that. Haven't had the new ones long enough to judge long-term reliability.
Interface - Management software is a program I have to load on a machine connected to the switch. Firmware doesn't look like it can be updated via web interface (which works fine on all browsers).

Other Thoughts: I was hired at a company that had one of these (blue box v2) switches and another little unmanaged 24 port Netgear switch. I wanted the unmanaged switch out, so I ordered another one of the switch we already had, and a grey box V4 came. I updated the firmware, set the IP, and it was good to go. Shortly after, the switch that was already there (blue box V2) had a problem on one port so I checked was glad to find it had a lifetime hardware warranty, and painlessly got another grey box V4 in the mail. Currently running fine with two brand new switches for less than a quarter of the cost of a Cisco. Next time there's another sale or coupon, I'll buy another one just to have a spare on hand, because at this price it would be dumb not to.

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  • Anne P.
  • 2/9/2012 11:41:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsBe careful...have a backup!

Pros: Easy to setup, simple GUI.

Cons: Very noisy, cheap hardware.

Other Thoughts: Had a vendor provide three of these switches for the school that I administer last year president's week. IT is approaching one year and one of them just took the dive. The software cannot detect the switch anymore and I was able to narrow it down because the time for packet to travel was in 3000ms range on this switch.

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  • Eric W.
  • 10/31/2011 6:07:20 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHeatsink mounting design flaw

Pros: Nothing now-a-days. Perhaps it's failure rate ensures job security.

Cons: I have a V1H2 version hardware. Loud fans. Over time, plastic fatigue causes spring loaded pins to pop off and heatsinks will no long sit well on chips. This of course will cause overheating and major network failure.

Other Thoughts: This was a replacement to my first GS748T which was replaced by Netgear due of 2 bad ports. This replacement switch operated well for several years. Upon reboot, the left side of the switch was dead like another reviewer had posted. I opened it up and found two of the metal springs freely exposed to mainboard circuits because plastic fatigue made the holding pins break off. More troubling is that three heatsink pins are unaccounted for and *must* have been omitted from the factory replacement. Not sure I can trust Netgear switches anymore. A Cisco SG200-50 would be a wiser purchase since is has tons more features now-a-days.

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  • Cliff M.
  • 10/10/2011 12:47:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsnot for enterprise

Pros: cheap.

Cons: Missing many critical enterprise features:

Only Web UI. No telnet access. No way to back up configs via rancid. Must have gui administration. Firmware management requires windows, on the local subnet, even.

VLANs not near standard - won't interoperate properly with cisco, foundry, etc, except in the most trivial configurations.

Spanning tree is per-switch, not per-vlan. Adds all kinds of limitations on how you can configure the thing. Some vlan/link configurations are impossible because STP forces ports offline, even if there's no loop at the vlan level. Not technically a bug, because the switch doesn't claim to support per-vlan stp. Not a bug, just a feature set for total amateurs.

So many bugs! :

Won't listen for its own IP in traffic trunked from other brands of switches. I had to run an untagged connection for administration next to the tagged data connection.

Many vlan/ui bugs, only fixed with firmware update. Finding correct firmware was hard, update

Other Thoughts: If you only use windows, have never administered enterprise switches, have only a couple vlans, and would never think of having a logical layout which differs from your physical layout, then this switch might be fine.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, but have a desire to learn about "real" networking and expect your needs to grow, then you will probably regret buying this switch.

If you need cheap, and real management, then I suggest rethinking how much you need gigabit, and consider an old cisco.

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  • Michael L.
  • 7/11/2011 5:26:54 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

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.

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.

The disappointing thing is the switches are in a controlled environment, it's not like they are out on a shop floor in 100+ degree weather.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for, I should have known a $600 gigabyte 48 port switch was too good to be true. Oh and it has fiber too! Yea, $ should count on it crashing.

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