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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Routers

Cisco Routers have been an excellent resource for our organization for a variety of reasons. They allow us to host our database without the need for incremental cloud vendors and hosting costs. They afford an easy maintenance and upkeep without the need to hire many external consultants to manage the database
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

Most companies have warranty contracts or prefer a specific type of equipment to match their current environment. Smaller environments that don't have a policy for a specific device, or someone looking for a good switch with a low cost would be where I have currently utilized these switches. I don't see why these switches couldn't be used in a larger environment, although I have not tested them in a corporate environment. In home or small office environments, these have worked very well.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Routers

  • Cisco Routers set up easily (even the IOS derivatives); they are basic in a good way.
  • Cisco Routers support all routing protocols (limitations on Merakis)
  • Work well in conjunction with Cisco switches.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Gigabit speed is consistent and reliable
  • Cost is low
  • Easy to install
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Routers

  • Firmware improvements as the routers (at least the models I used) can sometimes crash while setting up.
  • In two RV042 that I had to configure and monitor, I had problems where they stopped working properly (crashes, loss of settings, bug). In another model, the VPN did not connect and only after a router restart did it work.
  • Three WAN options on RV line.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Better advertisement about advanced enterprise features. My experience is with smaller switches and not with the fully managed switches.
  • Additional management tools to monitor multiple switches in the environment. Similar to Cisco Network Assistant.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Routers

The stability of Cisco Routers is unmatched. The configuration and compatibility with existing protocols in our environment was one of the many reason it was chosen over and over again. Also the security aspect of these routers is a huge factor!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

Netgear stacks up fairly well against Linksys in terms of the SOHO switches. Easy to install, clean look, and solid functionality.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Routers

  • Licensing is super complex, and now takes up to 20% of my work week.
  • Bugs causing outages have led to having to pay SLA credit.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Rarely need to reboot or troubleshoot the SOHO switches.
  • Low cost for the functionality. For example, 8 port GB switches for $20 is a no brainer for a home environment that doesn't need vlans or more enterprise type features.
  • No negative impact on any environment I am aware of, however have not tested in a larger environment with multiple switches.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Routers

General

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

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

General

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

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