This is an initial review of both the GS1900-8 and GS1900-24E switches. As I integrate these switches into my network and have a few weeks' time with them, I will update this review.
I purchased these switches to replace some older unmanaged Netgear switches that I was using to wire my Sonos players and streaming video devices to my LAN. I wanted to have managed switches that supported STP (Spanning Tree Protocol), had the ability to monitor each port and do SNMP. These switches fit the bill in terms of features and price point and got generally good reviews online.
I am rating these switches as two stars initially because of the horrible experience I had with them trying to use both the web admin interface and the Zyxel ZON utility (Windows only) to update the firmware and configure the switches.
All the switches came with v2.20 of the firmware out of the box. This is a version of firmware from 2016 (two years old). I could not see most of the the words on the admin web interface on my Mac using Safari, Chrome or Firefox, nor on Windows 10 using Chrome. The only way I could see the words was to use Internet Explorer on a Windows 10 system, however firmware update using the web interface kept failing. So I downloaded and ran the ZON utility on my Windows 10 system, and, after many attempts, was able to update all four switches to v2.40 using a locally downloaded firmware file, not using the remote option that goes out to a website (Zyxel site? I don't know). This was a very painful process. I had to revert each switch to factory configuration (even though they looked brand new and never used), then I had to use ZON to update each switch individually and not try to select all four switches and update them in one operation as the ZON utility is supposed to be able to do. After the update was complete, I power cycled all the switches and then tried to use the ZON utility to configure things like the system name and location but this operation kept failing while using ZON as well, despite me trying to configure the switch both over WiFi and over a wired Ethernet port from my Windows 10 system. I finally gave up on the ZON utility and used the web admin interface to manually configure each switch. That worked sort of, occasionally the switch would stop responding to configuration changes and I'd have to power cycle it. Maybe I just have four bad switches ;-) but be prepared for some grief getting these things updated and configured.
So my initial impression is that updating and administering the switches, even using Zyxel's own utility, was really painful and I was very close to pressing the "Return this item" button on Amazon and buying some Netgear or Cisco switches. It seems that the v2.40 firmware improved the administrative experience somewhat but the ZON utility still gave multiple timeout and failure indications when trying to perform basic administrative operations such as set the switch location. While I appreciate the effort that Zyxel has put into a unified switch management tool, having such a tool fail more often than succeed means that I will quickly abandon the tool and let others in my community know that they should not depend on being able to manage al their Zyxel switches from one unified tool.
UPDATE 06/23/18: Downgraded to 1 star because Zyxel has not responded to multiple attempts to contact them as per the Zyxel representative on this review thread.
|包装尺寸||24.13 x 16.51 x 6.35 cm; 590 克|