The NETGEAR XS728T Smart Managed Pro Switch is designed for desktop or rackmount and features 24-Ports of 10G Ethernet, 4 x 10Gigabit SFP+ ports, ProSAFE Lifetime Protection and more.
I was unsure about the price tag of this switch, as it doesn't have any management or anything onboard, but I'm very happy with it, and it reaches full 10Gb. The fan on this thing is also surprisingly quiet. The whole unit is very well built and the PWM fan can even be replaced if for some reason you decide that the current one is too loud. Included are some tech nudes for the more geeky readers.
Worked great, but failed completely (all lights on green, switch completely unresponsive) after less than 6 months. NETGEAR support is a complete nightmare - probably the worst experience I have had so far (I filed a case online, they require you to call for an RMA, I call, input the case number, and the system tells me to open a case online and hangs up on me). I do not currently have confidence I will get the switch replaced.This switch also had various problems with non-Windows operating systems (Linux/BSD) on maintaining 10G connections to Intel 10G ethernet cards..it can be a little wonky depending on the NICs you're using.Yes, it's cheap for 10G, but like most things, there are some caveats.UPDATE June 2018: Replacement switch has not only completely failed in exactly the same way but NETGEAR still can't fix their phone system support to not hang up on you.I will never buy NETGEAR again.
If you need jumbo frame support, be sure to check your serial number and realize you may have an impossible time trying to get a unit that works with jumbo frames properly (as it's supposed to). Netgear has a KNOWN issue with a batch of serial numbers that do not support jumbo frames (google it. it's on netgear's support page. amazon won't allow me to provide link here). I'm on my third unit now trying to get just one that works properly and have not been able to. I RMA'd one through Netgear support and they sent me yet another bad unit. Now, I'm trying to get Netgear support to send me a unit that is not among the affected serial range. Shouldn't be hard. The serial number is on the outside of the box. But I've spent a week now trying to get someone at Netgear to simply look at the serial number before shipping me a new one, but apparently this is impossible. So: Netgear has a known issue and they even know which serial range is affected, have not recalled this batch, and can't figure out a way to send good units to customers even though it's as easy as looking on the outside of the box. I'm sure the working units are awesome and if I ever get one, I'll update my review. But the customer support thus far has been awful so I might have to give up and buy a different switch.
View all reviews