My home lab got upgraded with a new gigabit switch recently. Main improvement I wanted over the old Linksys SLM2024 I had: Cisco Discovery Protocol. Based on that requirement and the budget, I selected the Cisco SG300-28 Small Business managed switch. The web interface is clearly improved compared to the SLM2024, and CDP is a real treat. Both vSphere ESXi and the cdpr utility under Linux decode the CDP information nicely. CDP is a great help to find errors in patch cable arrangement !