Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet 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 Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Cisco offers Ethernet switches.N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Meraki MS
Cisco Meraki MS
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Ethernet Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
9.2
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adtran NetVanta Routers and SwitchesCisco Ethernet 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 is a name well known in the IT field. The technology is tried and true and they have built a reputation on a solid platform. Though many people do not like the cost of the devices and the continued fees associated with long term ownership, you get what you pay for. I dont hesitate to recommend Cisco because I know people will get a solid product that will last a long time.
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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
  • Easy setup and configuration. While the web UI has its quirks, setting up VLANs and other tasks which can be exceedingly complicated on other switches, are much easier on Cisco SG switches. You also have the ability to upload an existing configuration to switches, which can speed up the task of deploying many identical switches.
  • Features for the price. Getting a 48 port L3 switch with PoE+ for less than $2,000 is a great value.
  • Reliability. We have hundreds of the SG switches in dozens of client sites, many in harsh conditions, and they just keep going.
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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
  • The web UI has taken a turn for the worse with the latest firmware on the SGx50 models -- the bifurcation between basic and advanced modes and the changes to the way VLANs are modified is a step backward in my opinion.
  • The power bricks on smaller models are enormous. I'm sure, however, keeping this circuitry external to the switch is what keeps my switches running year after year in hot environments.
  • Fans can be a bit loud on larger switches -- this is true of pretty much any 1U device though.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adtran
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Cisco
for their relialiabilty
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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
Cisco is more enterprise level, more reliable, and generally more feature rich but also very expensive. That being said old or refurbished Cisco switches are much more affordable and in comparison to even new switches from the competitor they are still a great value even though they are used. I like Ubiquiti switches as well but Cisco is usually better overall.
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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
  • Failure on Cisco Switches, from my experience, is rare in the first 5 years the device is up.
  • I have see the Cisco 6500 switches go 5 years without a reboot, which is nothing short of amazing.
  • The service that you get is top notch and available 24/7, and you really cannot put a price on that.
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