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ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Score 9.8 out of 10
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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9200 series of campus LAN switches.N/A
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
Score 9.4 out of 10
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Cisco offers the Catalyst 9300 series of stackable LAN switches.N/A
Pricing
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
They provide great connectivity and routing options in general depending on the model and allow us to automate the port configuration and management overall.
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
The functions on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are very responsive and its notification functions are very active and reliable in producing effective new updates on any detected data threats across the entire network flow even the network speed reports are easily …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
The 9300 has wider model selection but with a higher price, has an improved ASIC and ability to run mGig on uplinks for future proofing, which is a better selection. but due to tight budget we had to stick with Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches and find an alternative to …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Cisco Nexus copper switches vs. Cisco Catalyst Series Switches is often a tough call. Typically, a datacenter deployment would dictate Nexus to provide all the features and functionality, as well as stability that datacenters require; however, the cost-effective nature of the …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
They provide comparable performance but are still lacking some support features.
But they are better from price point view, significantly reducing cost of ownership.
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
The reason we chose Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches is that in the major reason, we have all our network working with Cisco equipment, but the main reason is that Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are really reliable. We can trust that everything is going to work right …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
Ultimately we needed a small form factor and the capability to perform advanced layer-3 functionality in case we needed to perform routing on the devices. If we didn't need this, we would have gone with the 9200-series switches. The 9400-series chassis are overkill and the …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
Our environment is Cisco, so the only products I have compared the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches to would be other Cisco products. We find the same reliability and performance from the newer generation switches as we did with past generations. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 …
Chose Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
We have and use all of the mentioned devices, but each device has its role in the company. When we don't need as much "power" we use the 9200 series when we need a bit more "power" we use the 9500 series, but overall the 9300 series is the most versatile solution. It's a worthy …
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Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are both LAN switches built by Cisco to support business networking.  Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are designed to support enterprise branches with simple implementation.  Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are built to support large enterprises, while providing support for fiber connectivity.  Both LAN switches are used most often by larger enterprises.

Features and Limitations

Because Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are enterprise solutions provided by the same vendor they share many features and limitations.  Notably, though they are both built for enterprises, the 9200 series is designed to fit into smaller branch offices, while 9300 is fully featured for large enterprises.  Additionally, the 9200 series is simple to use compared to the 9300 series, which is more complex, but offers features like 1g fiber connectivity.

Both LAN switches provide secure, and speedy connections for business devices, allowing businesses to feel less concerned about network attacks.  Additionally, the 9200 and 9300 series both allow business to manage connected users easily once the system has been implemented. Both are strong choices for businesses looking for enterprise ready LAN Switches, the key differentiator for most businesses should be size, with the 9200 series being preferred for smaller businesses.

The biggest limitation for both Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches is price.  Both offer high end features, such as good security, but they are expensive compared to other LAN Switch options.

Pricing

Pricing for Cisco Switches depends on a number of factors such as number of ports, but users should expect to pay at least $1,000 for a 9200 Series switch, and at least $1,500 for a 9300 series switch.

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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Score 8.9 out of 10
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesCisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(51 ratings)
9.1
(61 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(2 ratings)
8.7
(7 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.6
(9 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(6 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series SwitchesCisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are a good fit for access layer needs. Put them on the edge of your network and you will have what you need to connect a physical device to your network. I would not deploy them in places at the core of a network. They can be used in data centers as an edge connection device.
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Cisco
Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are well suited for your small to large enterprise campus networks where high performance, scalability, and reliability are critical. The modular design of Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches allows for easy expansion, and features like stacking enable simplified management. The PoE capabilities are ideal for scenarios where powering IP phones, CCTV cameras, and wireless access points.
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Pros
Cisco
  • high forwarding // high forwarding
  • posee la capacidad de convertirse tambien en un WLC // Has the ability to become a WLC as well
  • posee puertos UPOE que pueden ser usados para varios dispositivos finales. // It has UPOE ports that can be used for multiple end user devices
  • capacidad de expansion con modulos adicionales // The ability to scale up/expand using additional modules
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Cisco
  • Great hardware. I've hardly had a device fail due to hardware.
  • Throughput. These devices handle quite a bit of processing power.
  • Extreme conditions. We have 9300s in NEMA cabinets that reach well into the 110 range and beyond.
  • Very diverse. These devices can be placed in an office IDF, outside in a NEMA cabinet, or in an MDF.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Que los precios sean mejorados para ser mas competitivos // More competitive prices/cost
  • Generar mas marketing y promocion de los nuevos equipos // Create more marketing and promotional features about new equipment
  • Liberar de licencias obligatorias en los equipos // Release obligatory licenses for businesses
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Cisco
  • One of the things that I would like to see is in the Meraki space, Meraki is a little behind compared to Catalyst because Meraki provides weeks of traffic segregation. That's one of the pain points that we are facing right now. But overall we say that Meraki is comparatively cheaper than the Catalyst. So that could be one of the advantages of that.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We have now bought 468 switches, and we will most likely continue using this series, because it is the switch that is the cheapest for our needs. Maybe for some specific use cases, we will use the Catalyst 9300 series. Because we are more pressed on manpower, that money, we stick with what works.
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Cisco
Catalyst isn't even the family, it's bigger than that. The current "family" is the catalyst 9000 series. And Cisco keeps pushing the edge of the envelope with each new family.
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Usability
Cisco
I am a beginner and I was able to deploy 25 POE and Non-POE switches with ease.
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Cisco
I love them
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Haven't had an issue with these switches yet.
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Cisco
If you install the C9300 as a switch stack, the availability is amazing. This can even be a power stack setup, where the chassis power supplies can provide power redundancy for the other member switch chassis.
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Performance
Cisco
Accessing resources is very fast. We were able to deploy computer images in half the time it would take with our old hardware.
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Cisco
The C9300 is surfficiently spec'ed to support all the features it provides. We haven't yet experienced any hardware limitations, unless there's a loop in the network, which spanning-tree should take care of anyway
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Support Rating
Cisco
They are quick to respond and give you a sense that they want to help you.
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Cisco
Honestly it really depends on who is going to take your case. You may need to contact your Cisco account manager if you don't get good support from the TAC.
Lately the 3850 and 9300 switches are affected by several bugs and sometimes it is frustrating when it's faster if you research the problem by yourself instead of rely on Cisco support. On the other hand I found also some really talented people in the cisco support team.
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In-Person Training
Cisco
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Cisco
Cisco Networking Academy partners with many local Colleges and High Schools to provide great hands-on training. You do need to drive to learn the topic. The in-class session only go so far. You really need to apply this to the real world. Cisco makes it easy for business to connect via CLC or Cisco Learning Credits.
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Online Training
Cisco
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Cisco
Our training for Cisco switches came from a third party instructor, e.g. CBT Nuggets. This was general training on switches and not in particular only the C9300 series. Nevertheless any hands-on experience from any other Cisco switching platform, will make you feel very acquainted with the C9300. The new switch platform just enables more perfomance and features.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Very easy to port configurations and deploy.
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Cisco
It's essential to spend a few weeks on a Proof of Concept/Value test, to ensure that the equipment is ready for production. It's extremely hard to revert back to older hardware later. This testing period will also be a great opportunity for hardware burn-in, which will reveal any potential hardware failure due to production defects, etc
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
The functions on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches are very responsive and its notification functions are very active and reliable in producing effective new updates on any detected data threats across the entire network flow even the network speed reports are easily presented by its alert functionalities and data analytics are impressive.
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Cisco
We do have other vendors. For example, Juniper, Fortinet, and there are quite a few others. And Cisco is pretty good because we know the workflow, we know how the operating system works. We are much more familiar with Cisco products and we know the support system behind it. So in terms of comparing with others, I think it stands out. It's one of our top products to go to
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Scalability
Cisco
I was able to deploy the switches to 10 Labs in less than a week by myself.
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Cisco
It seems like a very robust platform, which Cisco is constantly evolving with new features and possibilities. The standard network module gives the opportunity to customize the uplink interfaces, in both bandwidth and SFP type
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • The positive thing is that because it has a redundant power supply, you can have users staying on for all the time. If you have a power interruption or something and you have both power supply A and B, then you're option to, you don't need users to log off or they're being cut off because you have to replace something or do something.
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Cisco
  • Stability, uptime, and the way Catalyst implements VLANs are straightforward, which I appreciate.
  • Depending on the cabling requirements of the devices, different modules can connect them. Modules for the Catalyst 9300 series switches offer impressive flexibility.
  • This is priceless because it makes setup and operation so simple. It works with the DNA center for automation and dependability.
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