"Hit or Miss"on by slappi
Pros Price, Features, Price
Cons Crashes, Web Interface Problems, Crashes
Summary I will not recommend this switch to any other of my customers. I had initially installed two of these switches at a new building and had absolutely no problems with it. I upgraded the firmware and it has run like a charm. Based on this first experience, I recommended this switch to another location and they have nothing but crashes. They are on the second switch and they are still having crashes every 3 days. I have checked all the usual suspects and still have had no luck. It has caused some unnecessary friction between my client and I. I wouldn't do it again. The tech support folks were as good as could be expected and they shipped out another switch next day, but still the same problem. I guess I will try a D-link or Dell for the next switch.Updated
Since this review was posted, Netgear has come out with another firmware update...I think it is 184.108.40.206. The location had decided against RMAing the switches, despite my recommendations to do so, and I have since upgraded the firmware to the newest version. Since the firmware flash to 220.127.116.11, they have not had any of the problems I had originally complained about. They have been running stable since the firmware was released. I would like to change my opinion based on the new firmware. At present, I would rate them a 7. I took points off for the beta testing we did with the previous firmware releases.
Pros 1) Best value in a 48 port L2 managed switch bar none; 2) Extremely Intuitive Setup; 3) Solid Performance in Gigabit throughput
Cons 1) Netgear relatively unknown player in the business market; 2)Marginally less powerful switching engine than the well-known products like Cisco & HP
Summary If you are in the market for an L2 managed switch, you can't ignore netgear's gsm7248 switch. All the networks I have managed I have used either HP Procurves or Cisco catalyst. However, while these switches are in my opinion the industries' best...these are not for the technically challenged or the budget conscious. I swapped out my aging 10/100 HP 4000M switches for these 7248 switches and can't believe how these perform for the price. I've been running these a week over my existing cat5 cabling...i tested to see if there was a noticeable difference in database speed using CAT6 cabling the result...don't bother upgrading a cat5 infrastructure unless it's a brand new install...not worth the money/trouble! Vlans, trunking, etc. are a snap to create if you need these features. This is a very solid product by netgear...I am truly impressed with the 7248...definitely worth consideration!!!