Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches vs. Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches
Score 7.6 out of 10
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Adtran in Huntsville, Alabama offers the NetVanta brand of routers and switches.N/A
Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series features full Gigabit Ethernet with a modular, optimized design. Expandable up to 26 ports in a compact form factor, these rugged network switches are optimized for size, power and performance. They can deliver up to 24 ports of PoE/PoE+/4PPoE (power budget of 360W to 480 W shared across 24 ports), and bring Cisco intent-based networking to Industrial Ethernet applications. Base systems include 1Gigabit and 10Gigabit uplinks options.N/A
Pricing
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
Adtran
Adtran NetVanta series switches are a very desirable switch set at a reasonable price point with a large amount of configuration ability for both L2 and L3. They are best suited for medium to large institutions that are not Cisco Dependent. They work well for small businesses as well but may be too high of a price point and too large of a feature set needed for a SOHO type set up which may turn away customers in that range. The 1531/P series does offer a smaller switch with the option of PoE in the P model and gives a total of 12 individual ports between the 8 PoE ports, 2 non PoE ports, and 2 SFP ports capable of Gigabit or 2.5Gbps with Adtran's interconnect cable. This may be more suitable for a SOHO set up but again may offer more than many small businesses need and may seem daunting.
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Cisco
Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches are what I would say a primary option if you are already a Cisco house that has software such as DNA Centre (they are compatible with it) or the future Catalyst Centre. This is great as it can be integrated into your existing infrastructure without compromising manageability or having to retrain staff to work on new equipment. Managing the switches is effectively the exact same. In my opinion, it is also more suited to small industrial needs in certain climate zones that are not extremes, as there are bespoke vendors that may be better hardware-wise than Cisco, but of course software wise Cisco does take some beating.
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Pros
Adtran
  • In industrial environments, Adtran NetVanta switches are robust and have a very long lifetime.
  • In office environments, Adtran NetVanta switches are low profile and easy to install.
  • Adtran NetVanta switches have multiple options for mounting, racks or wall mount are equally simple and well implemented.
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Cisco
  • small form
  • switching
  • Climate control
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Cons
Adtran
  • PoE can be a little slow to initiate as the switch communicates with the device to determine the proper power level.
  • 1550 Series seem to come flashed with a non-standard Firmware initially that must be upgraded before any configuration can be done.
  • USB Driver for 1550 Series USB Serial connection is a non-standard driver that must be downloaded from Adtran vs Windows Plug and Play.
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Cisco
  • Mounting unit kit provided at sale
  • Better DC power connection cabling
  • More aesthetically pleasing to look at
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Alternatives Considered
Adtran
We have used everything from Foundry/Brocade, to Cisco, to Extreme, and nothing lives as long and performs as well as NetVanta switches.
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Cisco
Overall, a few vendors like Siemens, Moxa, Versitron. We were only after a simple solution, so Moxa could have seemed a good option but overall being a Cisco house is a no brainer for the organisation and teams. Comparisons weren't really in the decision. But these Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches are working great.
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Scalability
Adtran
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Cisco
We did like the ability to be able to expand the ports, but there were some downsides to that because the racking in the space can be an issue if you don't have that ahead of time.
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Return on Investment
Adtran
  • High Performance and reliability have allowed for a 'set it and forget it' type installation, giving greater customer satisfaction.
  • The price point of the switches, while higher than other models such as HP or Dell potentially, is in line with their reliability and functionality and comes in less than Cisco much of the time.
  • Having a long time relationship with Adtran as a company has allowed us to quickly assist customers with their needs, saving everyone time and money.
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Cisco
  • over priced
  • Tac support is horrible
  • Cisco has given up on hardware
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