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280 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst Switches

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Score 8.9 out of 100
4 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst Switches

It is well suited for an enterprise network with large amounts of network devices where high levels of uptime is important. It is less suited for small businesses with a few computers where network outages will not impact the business. Due to price of the switch.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

Well suited for a small business with minimal IT capital.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • Spanning-Tree - The ability to handle loops and BPDU Guards is unmatched in my opinion. We heavily rely on this functionality to mitigate some layer 2 issues we sometimes face.
  • Syslogs and SNMP - We love the detail at which we can obtain syslog information and filter based on levels. Much of our troubleshooting of faults with the detailed SNMP traps assist in mitigating issues early.
  • L3 Switching - I love the fact that we can easily do routing and switching within the same unit, and for our internal core operations, it's perfect. High-speed port density are coupled with routing into a single unit on the larger Catalyst switches.
Edwin Sandys | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

  • The switches met the data transfer needs of a small business with about 30 users and 4 servers.
  • The web interface was adequate for a business that didn't have the need to dive into a device with a CLI.
  • These were wall mounted. Not the best network design, but small businesses cut corners. The mounting holes helped with this "solution".
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • We have had some issues with 6800 switches more so the 6840s we had to replace them with 6880 because of hardware issues.
  • The number of software releases. I know you are moving to just a few which is good.
  • Sometimes finding a stable release for dot1x.
Scott Cutler | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

  • Both switches were the same model number, same firmware. One switch needed to be rebooted about every 5 weeks. This problem was never resolved.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst Switches have offered better reliability, support and customization when compared to Ubiquiti networks. While Ubiquiti is cheaper, it required proprietary knowledge and training that was difficult to locate within the region. Engineers ended up having to get certified in the product. Due to the popularity of the popularity of Cisco/CCNA, it is not difficult to find engineers that can support the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

The NetGear switches are definitely entry-level switches. They don't have the functionality (or cost) of Dell, HP, nor Cisco. But for the money, a business that is just starting out can't complain.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst Switches

  • The Cisco Catalyst Switches generally last longer than our accounting depreciation which gives us an ROI by not having to replace them before they are off the books.
  • Cisco's change to subscription-based licensing makes self sparing support strategies more difficult which raises the cost.
  • Catalyst's reliability allows for a lower TCO.
Benjamin Story | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

  • The NetGear switches made a positive impact as entry level switches for a startup company.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Cisco Catalyst Switches

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst Switches

General

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

NETGEAR ProSafe Managed Switches

General

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

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