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A step backwards from Version 1 of this switch 08/06/2011
This review is from: NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Smart Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108T)
This is version 2 of similar switch from NetGear(previous version was all blue) and has quite a few features for the $.
The problem I encountered is no matter how RSTP and storm-control are configured, if you power cycle the switch while a loop is encounterd, it does not control the loop(read storm that makes your network or upstream switch unusable). The previous version of this switch, once you enable RSTP and storm-control did manage to control the ensuing storm from a looped cable and the power cycle of the switch. I left a message on the NetGear support site but have yet to hear back.
Other manufacturers have similiar switches that out of the box, with no configuration, handle this simple looped cable and power cycle of said switch. It's quite wierd of NetGear to go backwards on a capability. We had been using the Version 1 in several hundred spots. Now we use a different brand when we buy a new one (probably a 100 of those new, other brands).
I did not purchase this switch from NewEgg, wish my company did!
Just be aware of this issue and NetGear may fix via a firmware upgrade sometime. I just don't have time to wait on them. There's work to be done!
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