Sunday, October 24, 2004

Netgear FS526T

I've just got a Netgear FS526T switch to allow me to run most of my network at 100Mbps rather than 10Mbps which is what it all runs at now, due to having just a hub that supports 10Mbps.

The FS526T also has 2 gigabit ports so they might come in handy at some point. I was looking to get a nice Cisco switch, to allow me to play with SNMP more and also have the ability to do come configuration from a switch point of view with IOS as the only IOS stuff I have done at the moment is with a Cisco 1000 series I have got.

I decided against that at the moment, for various reasons but I'll probably end up getting one soon, it'll also help as I'm eventually going to get CCNA certified & who knows from there. The FS526T has a simple web based interface to allow you to configure it but is not very complex and the options are limited, it also has a very loud built in fan which is a bit annoying if located in a room where you spend most of your time by your computers.

Other than that, it's pretty good. Well built and quite small. It comes with good instructions for initial setup, if you need help and also supplied are mounting brackets to house it in a rack if required. All round, a decent little switch so I have found so far, but lacking in SNMP & command line. Obviously if you're looking for a more heavy duty switch then you would want to go for something with full capabilities but as an addition to the network where all you require is a basic switch then it is perfect.

I don't need all the 26 ports that the FS526T comes with, but they are always there for future expansion. One thing I don't like is the fact that the web configuration interface can't be switched off from what I gather so if configured with an IP address available to the outside then anyone can connect to it. Of course they can't login, but you should filter it at your firewall instead if you have one, for extra security.

Other than that it's a great unit!

Post ID: 545, posted by jase at 11:35 PM
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