This is why you shouldn’t buy Netgear switches. Ever. The guy I replaced fashioned himself something of a bargain hunter and I’ve been living with his mistakes for years. Half the reviews at Newegg are one star. So, the reviewers are people its failed for early on and those who are in store for a big surprise. Oh, not to mention 2 or 3 port failures per switch. Most of which happened in under a year.
This is what I saw last night when my network started going crazy at around 11pm.
That’s right, it has a negative 8 day uptime. This was right before its final boot. Nothing like coming in at midnight to replace a failed switch, which somehow took out the network card in one of your file servers. The only thing it could have done worse was catch on fire. Didn’t even last 3 years. My backup switches are 8 year old 100mbps Cisco’s that are rock solid and will probably outlive me.
If you’re a newbie admin, do me a favor and SPEND THE MONEY. The future you and your replacement will thank you. Ain’t not bargains in IT, kids. You get what you pay for. Oh, if you ever buy a used server you might as well start thinking about switching careers right now.
The really sad part of this tale is that these things are about the same price (maybe $100 less) as the 1810 series HP Procurve series, which tend to be rock-solid, except for the occasional firmware bug.