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Pros: Relatively inexpensive for what it does - PoE and Gig-E on all ports
Reliable (so far, and at least for me)
Cons: Very noisy
Buggy web server implementation
Very poor technical support
Other Thoughts: I'm the Phil who wrote several years ago that this product was unacceptable. I'd like to increase my rating from unacceptable to moderate.
My main reason for my poor rating was the nearly unusable web management interface. I have since learned that it supports only a limited number of simultaneous TCP connections, one that most web browsers exceed. So if you can lower that limit in your browser, the web management works fine and the management features become usable.
I don't remember how I eventually figured this out, but it wasn't easy. It certainly wasn't on Netgear's support pages at the time.
The rest of my evaluation is largely unchanged. The unit is so noisy that I had to banish it from the hall closet to the garage. But there seemed (and still seems) to be no smart or managed switch of its size with gig-E and PoE on every port that doesn't have noisy fans.
The STP and VLAN features seem to work but I haven't exercised them heavily so I can't vouch for them in more challenging environments. Same with SNMP.
IGMP (multicast) snooping also seems to work. This is especially important if you have AT&T U-verse which sends video as high speed (over 7 Mb/s) IP multicast streams though I've organized my network so I don't have to rely on this feature in my switch.
I can say the unit has not failed in the several years I've been using it (knock on wood).
Pros: Works flawlessly in a small Linux/Ubuntu as the boot/root drive.
Executes a manual full disk TRIM (Linux fstrim / on a XFS file system with in <12 seconds, vs minutes for my smaller (90 GB) OCZ PCIe card.
Totally silent (of course)
Cons: The usual for SSDs: the high price/GB.
Intel SSDs command a premium price, but I think it's warranted; see below.
Mac OSX Snow Leopard doesn't support or use the Intel SSD TRIM command. Apparently only SSDs from Apple are. It's Apple's fault, not Intel's but annoying nonetheless.
Other Thoughts: This is my 4th Intel SSD and my 5th SSD overall. Until the cheap SSD manufacturers release the details of their proprietary garbage-collection algorithms so we help them work more efficiently, I recommend sticking with Intel SSDs. I don't know how they do it, but they seem to have the better garbage collection and write amplification avoidance algorithms.
Intel SSDs seem to perform better with nearly full file systems under operating systems lacking OS TRIM support (e.g. Mac OSX Snow Leopard). Other vendors' SSDs, like OCZ, really bog down from write amplification under these conditions.
Pros: Lowest price among the 3TB drives -- but is there a catch?
This is the first 3.5" Advanced Format drive I've seen that correctly advertises a 4K physical sector and a 512B logical sector. Most of my AF drives (mostly pre-flood Hitachi Deskstars) advertise 512B physical and logical and I can see how that could fake an automatic partitioning program into thinking that 4K alignments aren't required.
This doesn't affect me since I use Linux and parted and can do the math to ensure alignment, but everything would be so much easier if the drives didn't lie and the programs could believe what the drives say.
Cons: Being the cheapest of the post-flood 3TB drives makes me wonder if I'm taking a bigger-than-usual risk on reliability. I use these drive in RAID-1 configurations so I'm somewhat more willing to risk sudden drive failure than I'd otherwise be.
Other Thoughts: When will the flood recovery be complete and the drive prices resume their normal, exponentially decaying ($/GB) curves?READ FULL REVIEW