|Submited By: R. Worne on 06/15/2010|
I recently purchased this switch due to the lack of reliable consumer-grade unmanaged 16-port Gigabit switches. It was also listed on the Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ compatibility list, which was the second reason I purchased this model.
This model replaced a Netgear GS116, which itself worked fine until it decided to suddenly stop transmitting packets and required unplugging and replugging the power cord. The GS116 replaced a GS108 which worked flawlessly (and still does) for 3 years. I ve been expanding my network since our house s network is more like a small business than a residence.
The buyer of this switch should note that there are several versions of the GS716T floating about, a v1, v2, and 200 model exist - and the v1 and v2 are being phased out for the 200 series according to the Netgear website. This model is the latest 200-series - though I cannot really tell the difference between the v2 and 200 model, and both use the same firmware image. It (v2 and 200) has many more features and is more up to date than the v1 model and the nicest feature for me is that this model has only one fan which is a lot more quiet than the two fans I heard on the v1 model. The v1 sounded like a hair dryer set on low speed, this model puts out a whisper and is no louder than a whirring fan of a quiet desktop PC.
The web interface is informative and easy to use. It works best on IE and the shipped discovery tool software is Windows-only. The switch can still be managed via Firefox or Safari once its IP address is known. I have had little need to configure the more advanced functions of the switch (flood control, RADIUS, QoS, and the myriad of security settings), I really don t need them at this point.