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Pros: I've installed over 20 of these Switches in Structured Media Network Panels with no issues. Unit is small, solid feeling metal chassis, and wall mountable. I think they are great little unmanaged switches for small (<20 clients) networks at a reasonable price.
Cons: None noted.
Pros: It doesn't get any easier than this, just plug in the power and the Ethernet cords, and you're done. The metal case is a nice touch. It gives it a sturdier construction, and the extra weight helps it to stay in place. Sometimes the weight of the attach cords will tilt or pull a switch off of a desk/shelf.
I've been using this and other Netgear switches for years. I have not had any issues with them.
The electrical ground pin on the chassis is a nice touch. It's not something you see all the time, but it's there if you need to use it.
The lifetime warranty is a definite plus.
Cons: This is just a 100 Mbps switch, not a 1 Gbps Gigabit switch. This isn't as big of a con as many make it out to be, depending on the application. If this is used in a home, a regular user or family would never be able to max out the bandwidth on a 100 Mbps switch. Even most small offices wouldn't be able to max out a 100 Mbps switch. The only annoyance I come across when not using a Gigabit switch is that other connected devices like modems and Gigabit firewalls/routers/switches will use an orange light instead of a green light to designate the slower connected device or may blink annoyingly to constantly remind you that a non-Gigabit device is connected.
Overall Review: Take notice that the power cord and Ethernet ports are on opposite sides. The status lights are all on the Ethernet ports themselves. For some applications this type of a setup is an advantage and for others it is a disadvantage. So you may want to get the type that will fit best for your setup.
If you are planning to use this, or any other switch, to connect to a modem to distribute Internet connections, I would recommend using a firewall instead to connect to the modem. With all the personal information that is stored on computers, transferred online, and the ever growing list of Internet connected smart devices, it's really to your benefit to have the layer of security that a firewall provides.
ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 1600
Corsair Force GS 240GB SATA3 SSD for SSD Caching
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor
Pros: I've owned this for over 2 years now and it has never failed me. Extremely easy to setup-plug in a line from the wall then plug everything else into the switch and you're ready to go. No drivers, no installing anything, no configuration needed. It has always realized the correct speed 10 or 100. The sturdy metal case is great this switch has been moved from dorm to home and back at least a dozen times. It has operated in an un-air conditioned room with >90% humidity and almost 100 degrees without issues. None of the lights have gone out. Even after all the abuse the adapter is perfect-no damage to the cable and the finish on the switch has no scratches on it. I would highly recommend to anyone who needs a simple switch that always does its job.
Cons: Price!!! I got it 2 years ago for $24 after all the rebates and discounts. Right now with the rebates and discounts it's $30!! Better yet the gigabit version of this switch is $35 after rebates and discounts so I have absolutely no idea why newegg hasn't discounted this item further.
The blinky lights do get annoying if you sleep in the same room with the switch. Simple solution-since the switch doesn't heat up just put a piece of paper or something over it to block the light.
Pros: Works as advertised.
Cons: Wall wart is a bit big.
Pros: This switch is amazing it works for 54mps cable internet, so its good for me, runs xbox 360's without a hitch and never gets hot.
Cons: none really
Overall Review: For the price its the best in its class
Pros: Best 8 port unmanaged switch ever created for the benefit of mankind. I replace old and fairly new Lxxxxxs switches on regular basis with these. The Prosafe product line runs circles around anything out there, PERIOD.
Pros: Well made with a durable enclosure and extremely simple to employ in a small office environment. I installed this device in an office with 2 printers, a wireless network and 5 independent computers. I simply removed it from the box, connected the Ethernet cat 5e cable from the back of the wireless router to the number 1 port on the switch, connected the printers to the original router, and the office computers to the switch. I plugged in the power and BAM!!!! - everything worked. What more could a simple IT guy ask for?
Cons: Are you kidding?
Overall Review: I highly recommend this device for small office networks. Setup is super fast and the device senses what's going on with each connection. No patch/crossover cables, no assigning IP addresses, just plug and play!!! If you can imaging a power strip for your network, you just use the router as the power source and connect it to the switch. Then plug everything in and it works. Don't hesitate - buy this very reasonably priced switch today.
Pros: Works out of the box - auto uplink - no crossover cable needed. Just plug it in and it works as specified.
Cons: Port monitoring LEDs are on the same side as the RJ45 connector which makes it awkward for some installations if you need to visually monitor ports.