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Comments about Netgear® GS108Tv2 ProSafe Smart Switch; 8 Ports:
This is a great product. It's got a lot of "enterprise" features at a consumer/SOHO price. I've owned three of these for around two years, with no failures or burnouts so far. Key features include VLANs, settable port speeds, SNMP bandwidth and error tracking, PoE powered device as an option (you can power it with PoE). How are these features useful?
Situation: Two tenants, one LAN, one internet connection. Solution: VLANs.
Situation: Air Conditioner with a fancy computer controller needs to be on a LAN to control it. Use VLANs to keep this unit entirely off of your LAN to improve security. (These things are hackable.)
Situation: lame legacy device doesn't play nice on your new gigE LAN. Solution: set the port to be whatever speed you need, without negotiation.
Situation: Your LAN needs to traverse a hallway to reach an office, and you are temporarily using a wire taped to the floor and covered by a rubber cable protector. Solution: use link aggregation to bond two ports into one, and reduce the problems of a damaged cable, and use SNMP monitoring to record errors. (Use Cacti to record the data.)
Here are the headaches and problems: web gui is a little weird, but it's tolerable. The monitoring feature isn't 100% there - people report some dropped packets.
Great product for the small net builder, small business network consultant, etc. Cisco features and Netgear prices, and without expensive service contracts.
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