45 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
21 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

89%
30 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

91%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

90%
3 Ratings
8.1

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

81%
2 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

73%
4 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Trunking a link between ethernet switch interfaces can carry the traffic of multiple VLANs over a single link. Stacking these switches with stack cables makes several in one closet easily managed through one open SSH connection. We stacked and trunked switches in IDF closets on top of one another in a hotel to more easily manage them at that location. VLAN management is securely achieved.
Jason Lane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series switches are really well designed for access switches. Means connecting end-users or hosts in a simple manner. They are powerful, offering good PoE performance and overall good performance (no CPU issue, no memory leak), and the IOS-XE is pretty stable on a daily basis
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • They are simple to setup and maintain.
  • Once you have them configured, you won't have to touch them again. They just work!
  • The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches are fanless, so they work perfectly in some of our more rugged locations.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

  • It's so seamless that our users forget there's even a network. Also, slowness is no longer an issue | Hacen que el usuario se olvide de que existe una red. Nadie se queja de lentitud.
  • It's easy to implement virtual networks and access lists. | Es posible implementar facilmente redes virtuales y listas de acceso.
  • We get the support and attention we need, when we need it. | Tenemos el soporte y la atencion que necesitamos cuando lo requerimos.
Orlando Mendoza | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • The ability to easily do packet captures on the cli would be handy
  • I struggle with the log timestamps relative to the actual time on the machine
  • The ability to put control plane ACL's would be nice rather than having to upgrade for vulnerabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

  • Price. There are competitors that provide similar service levels at the most reasonable prices.
  • The innovation of emerging technology in areas of network management and integration.
  • Model numbers can be confusing when wanting to find exactly what you need.
  • Cisco IOS feature sets are even more confusing than the model numbers
  • Be ware of IOS bug(s) that could affect your infrastructure. But every vendor will have them
Graham Murison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Catalyst offers a wide range of switch solutions that have supported the needs that we have. Couple that with their relatively easy to use IOS interface, our staff is able to adequately manage these devices without needing advanced training. Cisco has also provided great support whenever there was a situation that we could not resolve concerning these switches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Catalyst switches are the primary devices we use to deliver networking services to our employees and allow the citizens to access county services.
Bryan Weaver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.0
Based on 3 answers
I have used CAtalyst switches for both access layer and core switch setups, and have always had a good experience with them. They have been super reliable switches, and I'll be using them in the future. The ease of use allows us to deploy these switches in a variety of setups without difficulty, and low turnaround time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches 8.1
Based on 2 answers
Based on my previous experience with other vendors, Cisco is worlds apart. I can manage every feature I need with great flexibility.Other vendors that only provide web UI, limited functionality exists.The other benefit is that since Cisco has been a strong player for so long, their training is being done in some high schools now expanding the knowledge to more of the workforce.
Graham Murison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
I have had only 2 outrages in 18 years. Really a very reliable piece of technology Cisco has there
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I thing high level (executive) level reports should be automatically generated since budget comes from general and financial manager who usually don't care about technical details
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 7.3
Based on 4 answers
Documentation is excellent. Haven't had to contact tech support yet. Updates are frequent and of good quality.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
TAC is awesome but we have had a few techs that were unaware of what a specific product was.
Bryan Weaver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
It is very important to have a checklist of the different deployment options before beginning. Normally you have to spend a 4-hour session with your implementation partner to get things to work faster. Remember they have the technical knowledge but not the business knowledge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

These 2960's are great switches for management, wireless, and WAN implementations. I could see these switches being used as access layer switches as well. There are some benefits for the 2960 over other switches, but I'll leave those advantages to Cisco, as they know the in's and out's better than a user such as myself
Thomas Osborne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

We have used general-purpose budget switches in the past to power our CCTV network and have suffered multiple failures and throughput issues. Most of the products did not live up to their specifications when it came to throughput and operating environment. We were not receiving the assurance level needed for this critical part of our infrastructure, and were looking to upgrade. After using Cisco for several rollouts, we have seen a drastic improvement in uptime and performance
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Need more graphical user interface
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Staffing qualified IT professionals to manage the networks is typically not an issue.
  • Great technical support through service contracts ensures that downtime can be kept to a minimum even when encountering complex issues that go beyond the knowledge of the average IT staff supporting the devices.
  • Cisco products have a great reputation, so it gives us peace of mind knowing we are using a solid industry leading product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

  • They just work. When expanding the network, we can be up and running quickly.
  • They're a little more expensive than other options but are more than worth it.
  • Always back up your configurations. We have had multiple examples where they lose them during upgrades.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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