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How To Configure VLANs On a NETGEAR ProSafe Switch

Configuring VLANs on NETGEAR ProSafe switches has never been a very pleasant experience for me. Maybe it’s because I am used to the Cisco way of doing it which, at the end of the day, feels way more intuitive to me even if you have to take some time at the beginning to understand and remember all the CLI commands.

NETGEAR’s GUI, however, is just plain confusing to me, and it took me quite a few tries to get it working. Part of the reason is because I might be stupid, of course, but I also think that NETGEAR’s horrible documentation and “support” should take at least some of the blame.

Also, I really don’t think it’s necessary to have a Basic and an Advanced way of adding VLANs. If you need to configure VLANs, I assume you know what you are doing, so why the hell should there be a Basic option? Just get rid of that crap and leave just one option.

Anyway, rant over, this is a guide on how to configure VLANs on a NETGEAR ProSafe switch. For this tutorial, I have used a ProSafe GS116Ev2 switch, but I assume every other switch in the same line will be very similar if not identical.

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Netgear Config Files Are In Binary Format. Seriously?

I couldn’t help myself, I needed to write a short rant. I am using a Netgear GS116Ev2 switch as my core switch at the moment, and it works great when it works. When it doesn’t, it’s pretty stupid. Twice in the last week, while performing some changes to the configuration (and not even something big, I am talking about adding a VLAN) the switch became unresponsive and I had to restore to factory settings. Trying to find a support email is close to impossible, so that doesn’t help either. Getting a reply from their Twitter account looks even more difficult, they really seem not to give a fuck.

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