I ran all Netgear equipment for a long time but about a year switched to multiple brands with no real issues (currently using Ubiquiti Edgerouter, Netgear 24 port gigabit switch, 2- Netgear AF POE swtiches, Zyxel AT POE switch, 2- Zyxel Wifi-AC WAP, EngeniousTech Wifi-AC WAP). There are still a few features I haven’t been able to get to work across brands (Link Aggregation specifically).
Is there anything else that I might want PoE for later besides cameras?- I would suggest wireless access points. I got tired of my wife complaining about Wifi dead spots, so now I have three access points around the house.
Is there value in putting bigger switches in? It seems like 32 ports should be enough but… If it meets your needs now, it can always be expanded or upgraded later
Should I eat a couple hundred extra dollars and do everything in CAT7?.. I wired my house a few years so i used CAT5E and have no issues achieving gigabit speeds. The most recent wiring I have done is all CAT6. If you are thinking about going with 10gig ethernet, then CAT7 might be worth it…
Any NAS suggestions. I am a huge fan of the Synology products. I have been running a Synology 1512+ for almost three years with zero issues.