Pros Nice physical package, zero setup, flexible (autosensing) portage
Cons Drops connections when loaded, 1000baseT connections require Cat 6 cable (5e won't do)
Summary 1st problem: My 2 servers with Linksys gigabit NICs wouldn't connect with Cat5e cabling. Had to go out and buy Cat6.
2nd problem: With any kind of load across the switch (>= 2 nfs file copy streams) it started dropping connections. Symptoms of the dropped connection are:
--ping from another PC on the LAN returns "Network unreachable".
--arp to affected PC shows "Incomplete" for the MAC address.
--The connection never recovers unless you unplug/replug the switch's power.
I don't know if my particular switch was a lemon or if this is a problem on all of them and, frankly, I don't care. Do not buy this switch!Updated
Update: I junked the Netgear and bought a TrendNet TEG S160TX. It works like a charm.Updated
update 2: Connections that dropped were between two 100baseT connections. I tried multiple nfs copy streams between a 1000baseT NIC and a 100baseT NIC without problems, but I was only able to test 1 point-to-point connection because of lack of 1000baseT NICs.