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Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Consultant
Cybersecurity & IT Operations Professional (VirtualCxO) at BrainWave Consulting Company, LLC
Nov 02 2017

What is most valuable?

* QoS * Port trunking * PoE+ Netgear has solid, cost-effective switches with enterprise functionality that I am very happy deploying on my network, and on SMB customer networks.

How has it helped my organization?

I put together a mesh configuration of GS108E and GS110TP switches for several customers to allow them to setup a full High-Availability (HA) configuration between two different ISP devices… more »

What needs improvement?

A slightly, more featureful CLI interface would be great.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Netgear costs are very straightforward. There is very little in the way of separate licensing costs.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was a new deployment, based on good experiences with Netgear switches in other areas. We have replaced Dell PowerConnect switches with Netgear ones.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, I recommended a solution based on my experiences with quality and functionality of switches in the mid-tier market.
Consultant
Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 12 2012

What is most valuable?

The GS-108 switch by Netgear is an excellent solution for setting up a wired gigabit network. I currently use it at home to wire my rack-mounted server, my gaming desktop/workstation, PS3, Xbox 360, network accessible printer, along with all my Cisco routers and switches that I use for config testing. I remember I bought it on sale almost 5 years ago, and it has been ticking away ever since. Never… more »

What needs improvement?

The only issue I have, and it's not really an issue so much as me being a control freak, is that this is an unmanaged switch. I am a DD-WRT developer and would love to have the granular control I have over my router, on this switch.

What other advice do I have?

I use the GS108 8-port Gig-E switch on a daily basis, it's what runs the wired portion of my VLAN on my home network. I've also used plenty of Netgear enterprise managed switches in the past and usually rely on them as a cost-effective alternative solution to Cisco equipment. They're reliable and sturdy enough to take a beating and keep on ticking.
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Vendor
Infrastructure Expert at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 10 2012

What is most valuable?

Net gear switches come with auto sensing Ethernet connectivity. They automatically detect 10,100 and 1000 Mbps speeds and act accordingly. They support both half and full duplex connectivity. Monitoring LED's are available for switches to enable you to identify the link, speed, and activity of a switch. The FS108 utilizes Store-and-Forward switching, which verifies the integrity of data before… more »

What needs improvement?

If it’s generating a lot of hits, then it can hang up network. You need to reboot the switch for the network to run once again. VLAN management facility is not available on some models.

What other advice do I have?

This product has a high stability standard. You can easily plug and play. Buy Netgear products to increase your network performance.
Vendor
Manager of Operations at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 05 2012

What is most valuable?

Some of the Netgear Ethernet Switches are available in the market at a low cost, so they are easily available. Moreover, setting up these switches is quite easy. Few of them are only plug and play. Netgear has both managed and unmanaged switches starting with 5 Port to 24 Port. Few series of 5 Port and 8 Port switches are quite popular in the market. There are only a few steps to configure them… more »

What needs improvement?

Though Netgear Ethernet switches are available in the market at a lower price than Cisco Switches, the ultimate market leading switches, they lag the edge of superior security features in them. Features like 802.1x protocol, IP-MAC port binding, etc. can not be easily configured in manageable switches. For larger enterprise networks, where complex VLAN environment is desired, Netgear switches do… more »

What other advice do I have?

Users from small and medium networks are quite oriented with Netgear Ethernet Switches. They are easy to install and some of them can be plugged into the wall. Their low cost makes them easily affordable. These switches can be effectively utilized in a small group of VLANs. Power consumption requirement is also quite a bit less than other commercially available switches.
Vendor
Manager of Data Center at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Jun 26 2012

What is most valuable?

1. Netgear switches are relatively cheap. 2. It comes with lower power consumption. 3. Netgear switch setup is easy. 4. It also supports auto full duplex sensing with noise reduction.

What needs improvement?

Traffic management capability should have been a plus.

What other advice do I have?

I bought netgear Prosafe Plus 24PORT Rack Mountable Gigabit Switch because of its unmanaged nature. It is very simple to use – as simple as plugging in your network cable. The new branch that we deployed with the switch, runs on Cat6e cable with a mixed network adapter that supports both 100Mbps and 1GBps transmission speed. We were therefore able to segregate between high bandwidth and medium… more »

What is NETGEAR Switches?

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches, branded as NETGEAR ProSafe Switches, comes in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find the right solution to fit your business requirements.

If you're a small to medium sized company, you'll have three switching options NETGEAR Unmanaged, Plus, and Smart Switch solutions. If you're managing a large enterprise network or a campus network, then NETGEAR Fully Managed Infrastructures is the solution for you. All the NETGEAR Ethernet Switches and solutions are innovative, easy to install and use, reliable, and very cost-effective.

Also known as
NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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