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Score 9.3 out of 100

Dell PowerConnect Switches

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Score 9.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Dell PowerConnect Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
20 Ratings
9.4

Dell PowerConnect Switches

94%
18 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Dell PowerConnect Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

90%
3 Ratings

Dell PowerConnect Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Dell PowerConnect Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Dell PowerConnect Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

73%
4 Ratings
9.1

Dell PowerConnect Switches

91%
3 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Dell PowerConnect Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

73%
1 Rating

Dell PowerConnect 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

We work in the electric industry. These should not be used in a high-heat environment. We like to keep the temperature of the room in the low 60's so they are not suited for our Substation locations due to extreme heat and cold. However, they perform great in a server room.
Seth Urbanczyk | 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • Reliable.
  • Excellent hardware support from Dell including 4 hour parts/replacement.
  • Excellent technical support from Dell on software, troubleshooting, and configuration.
  • More affordable than its main enterprise competitors.
  • Easy to use CLI.
Anonymous | 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • Precarious graphical (GUI) mode, needing to be updated for more efficient technologies such as HTML5
  • Short support time, given how much these devices support in terms of use. I have owned the devices for years, but no longer have a warranty
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | 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

Dell PowerConnect 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

No score
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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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

No score
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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

Dell PowerConnect 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

Dell PowerConnect Switches 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Dell ProSupport is outstanding. Dell ProDeploy is likewise outstanding. I prefer them even over traditional Cisco support. I've had repeated cases where Dell immediately addressed or fixed an issue with US-based support, including firmware hotfixes. Not even Cisco can boast that.
Anonymous | 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

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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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

I selected Dell mainly due to previous experience using them in a business environment. I've never had a unit fail on me and when my budget for equipment like network switches has been less than a training class on how to use those switches, it's incredible to be able to find quality equipment at the price point Dell offers and even more so when their enterprise support has been as excellent as I have been accustomed to dealing with. In all honesty, even if I had a larger budget, I would have bought these same switches since they were exactly what I needed to suit my needs. We looked into HPE/Aruba network switches, and while they would have performed everything we needed and more, they were almost four times the cost of these Dell network switches. That's a hard sell when it comes to planning a tight budget.
Chris Funk | 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

Dell PowerConnect 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

Dell PowerConnect Switches

  • Reports are easily created and very useful.
  • Quick creation of different network connections.
  • Excellent and secure channels for multiple data management.
  • Great data visualization options offered by Dell PowerConnect Switches.
Annette Gilmour | TrustRadius Reviewer

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