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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Highlights

NETGEAR and D-Link offer a wide variety of networking equipment for businesses and home use, including Ethernet switches.  D-Link presents a variety of managed or unmanaged switches, smart managed switches, cloud switches, and ruggedized industrial switches or metro area switches.  NETGEAR offers the SOHO unmanaged simplicity oriented switch, the easy to place ProSAFE and the bog basic (and aptly named) Essentials series, as well as a more high end series of fully managed or smart switches for larger businesses. While thriving in the home office and small business market, both NETGEAR and D-Link contend in the middle market and enterprise space with products like Juniper’s EX series, Aruba switches, as well as Cisco switches, and Cisco’s Meraki brand.

Features

Both NETGEAR and D-Link boast certain features that might land them a spot in your network.

NETGEAR presents a solution that is low footprint, low cost, and easy to deploy in a short amount of time. Praise for NETGEAR switches often begins with “We were on a budget…” and despite being low budget items they frequently exceed expectations in terms of performance and stability. Generally NETGEAR switches are considered quite reliable for standard use cases, and especially when posed with a tight budget.

Reviewers of D-Link Ethernet switches are similarly appropriate for smaller budgets, simple to set up, and backed by surprisingly good support and warranty service leading to potentially very low TCO for well-aligned use cases. Users also state D-Link networks perform.quite well, and that the switches themselves are eco-friendly, able to consume far less power than greedier alternatives.

Limitations

There are reasons to avoid NETGEAR and D-Link Ethernet switches, other than enjoying the smell of burning money. D-Link and NETGEAR switches tend to have similar weak points.

D-Link’s management console is inferior to more enterprise-oriented solutions. Users describe difficulty managing a fleet of devices through a single interface, and for even single devices the web interface could use improvement.

NETGEAR switches, like D-Link, are not as easy to manage as similar Cisco devices from a single interface. Also, some users say NETGEAR can be difficult to implement in a network alongside Cisco devices; and there is a high probability that an enterprise network has Cisco devices in it. Much of the praise NETGEAR receives is qualified with “…for our small office,” and it may be limited for mid-sized or larger businesses.

In essence the public doesn’t perceive either of these to be top tier solutions but budget solutions, though they are high performance options for smaller busineeses. Additionally, While the hardware devices are quite well reviewed, their management software is perceived to be sub-par.

Pricing

D-Link and NETGEAR Ethernet switches are available through VARs and third-party resellers and are similarly priced. Prices range based on whether switches are managed or unmanaged, with Power over Ethernet (PoE) models having higher pricing in general. For unmanaged switches, prices range from about $15-20 for the NETGEAR 5-port switch, and about $18 for the D-Link 5-port, to $25-50 for 8-port switches (the brands are similar at this tier).  Higher tiers are also available, from $60 through $370 for 24-port switches (some with PoE), to the NETGEAR 48-port switch at about $249 ($400 for the PoE+). Managed switches range up to about $530 (24-port switches with similar specs from both vendors) down to about $30 for a humble 5-port smart switch. D-Link’s top of the line DXS series smart-managed series are available from $1000 to just under $1,500, while NETGEAR’s 100G M4500 can be found for up to $15,000 as their top of the line solution.

Likelihood to Recommend

D-Link Ethernet Switches

The focus of the equipment is SoHo, that is, small businesses or companies and even domestic use. It meets these scenarios very well. Using for large scale, they can present difficulties to maintain throughput, that is, its use in large networks can be difficult to maintain.
Another issue to be taken into account is technical assistance, they are not as agile as the competition.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

I give a 9 because it's a good price/performance ratio, scalability and easy management. In the past, I've never experienced a switch went bad. The tech support is good. VLAN management is easy.The reason I don't give it a full 10 is because it would be nice if it had more debugging capabilities.
Wien Dai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

D-Link Ethernet Switches

  • Easy to use GUI
  • Inexpensive
  • Available in a different number of ports.
  • Support for copper as well as fiber ports.
  • Available in gigabit ethernet and above speeds as well.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Traffic Management
  • VLANs
  • Reliable
  • Gigabit ports
Matthew Goodhall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

D-Link Ethernet Switches

  • Updates frequently
  • End of life cycle and end of support cycle.
  • As D-Link frequently changes its products and customer have to switch very often.
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

Usability

D-Link Ethernet Switches

D-Link Ethernet Switches 8.5
Based on 4 answers
D-Link Ethernet Switches are working fine and fulfill all of our organization's needs cost-wise and efficiency-wise. The rating that I gave would vary based on performance and durability. We used an open environment without an IP-rated network rack, but its working fine and we handle all weather issues carefully and manage the network smoothly. Takeaways: cost effective, handles complex networks, and very good performance.
Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

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Support Rating

D-Link Ethernet Switches

D-Link Ethernet Switches 7.5
Based on 4 answers
I have given it 9 out of 10 just because of its low cost and additional features that have been an integral part of any product, otherwise, the load management part was far more inferior as compared to the Cisco switches, as those switches have a spanning tree protocol built-in.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

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Alternatives Considered

D-Link Ethernet Switches

They stack up great. In performance, Price, Physical style. I have been around many networks with a business that has spent three times as much on a network solution and Dlink matches up toe to toe. Has of now they are moving over to Cisco language. So this will improve the availability of engineers and support.
Landon Oliver | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

D-Link Ethernet Switches

  • Reduction of oscillations in the network caused by repeater equipment (which was replaced by D-links).
  • Low cost of implementation and acquisition, making it possible to acquire a sufficient quantity to meet the entire park and demand.
  • Due to its low price, we have no losses with maintenance, and can simply purchase other equipment for replacement.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Inexpensive.
  • Decent performance.
  • Reliability.
  • Scalability.
  • Good tech support.
Wien Dai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

D-Link Ethernet Switches

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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