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Dell PowerConnect Switches


What is Dell PowerConnect Switches?

Dell PowerConnect is a series of networking switches.

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The Dell X1052 switches are primarily used in server rooms to provide network connectivity to all the servers within a rack space. Users have chosen these switches because they are compatible with Dell servers and offer a cost-effective solution. One of the common use cases for the Dell X1052 switches is to replace aging HP ProCurve switches in networks that use a single VLAN.

These switches come equipped with four SFP ports that support 10GB/s Ethernet, although they are currently uplinked on 1GB/s wired connections. Users have praised Dell's support for their quick next-day advance shipments and minimal downtime in case of device failure. To ensure compatibility, it is recommended to use Dell-branded SFP adapters for the SFP ports as pre-made 10GB SFP cables from other brands may not be compatible.

The Dell PowerConnect line of switches, including the 5500 series and N2000 series, have been widely used in organizations for several years. Their versatility and easy management through a web interface make them suitable for various clients. These switches have been utilized in VOIP and camera implementations, providing good support and cost-effective solutions. They offer stable and reliable network connectivity, easy management, and effective secure connections for businesses. For example, Vivo's Infrastructure team has praised Dell PowerConnect switches for their affordability and support.

In addition, Dell PowerConnect switches are seen as a cheaper alternative to Cisco switches while offering similar solutions for mid-sized businesses. They are often used for core and secondary switching in networks as well as in small and medium-sized data center deployments. For LAN connectivity, the Dell PowerConnect N2000 series switches provide high-performance switching and good security features. Customers appreciate how easy these switches are to set up, along with the helpful manuals provided by Dell and the outstanding support they receive. Overall, Dell PowerConnect switches are widely regarded as reliable and high-performing options for LAN connectivity and are the primary switches used in many networks.

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have implemented Dell PowerConnect 5500 series switches to various clients ranging from 5-500 endpoints. They are versatile and easily Managed though the web interface. We have also implemented the 5500P services for VOIP implementations and camera implementations. Dell Support for the switch series is very good when needed. The switches are work horses for cost conscience clients.
  • Dell provides good support for the PowerConnect line
  • The PowerConnect switches are easily Managed
  • The PowerConnect switches are reliable and can fit a wide variety of environments
  • I'd like to see better centralized monitoring and management
  • Better onsite support
  • More consistency with the firmware updates
Dell PowerConnect Switches are well suited for clients with smaller to mid size companies with restricted budgets and not recommended for large enterprise networks mostly due to the limited centralized management functionality.
Pardeep Sangh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
When it comes to performance and functionality, they are pretty good. Dell PowerConnect Switches is cheaper compared to other similar systems but it offers the same solution that is needed in our organization. It is perfect and suitable for midsized businesses and a very good and secure alternative for Cisco switches.
  • Dell PowerConnect Switches has increased network performance.
  • Dell PowerConnect Switches comes at an affordable cost.
  • It is highly customizable and easy to use.
  • At the moment, I haven't found any room for improvement. It is a complete system and it works pretty well.
I have used Dell PowerConnect Switches for more than 2 years now and they are robust equipment that ensures their customers are fully satisfied with their great and affordable services. It is a powerful system that can be used anywhere and the cost is low but the performance is on another level. I recommend Dell PowerConnect Switches.
Annette Gilmour | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Dell PowerConnect Switches are the easiest and excellent connection switches which allow effective networking connection and very stable and reliable network connectivity. Its functionalities are easy components to get started with and they are very flexible and capable enough to handle all the networking requirements within the organization and effective secure connections for the secure and easy management of multiple business data and also project information.
  • Effective Networking functions.
  • Easy and secure connectivity.
  • Easy network connections management.
  • Performance management capability is excellent.
  • The components are not that easy to non-IT user to start with.
  • Multiple connection management to the new users.
  • The monitoring of different network traffics without much experience.
Dell PowerConnect Switches features stability is excellent and the speed of its network connectivity is excellent and very cost-effective Dell system and easy to understand its dashboard design and features arrangement. Dell PowerConnect Switches allows easy monitoring of different networks and also monitor various data processing activities through its secure network channels and the reports offered are the best and most reliable.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our strategy is to use 10/100/1000 manageable switches with POE technology for the access topology. We have used the Dell EMC PowerConnect N2000 series of switches to connect devices such as phones and access points and corporate workstations. The switch is very low cost and has much essential management functionality, layer 2 as well as layer 3 with static routes. The 10GbE SFP+ ports we use to interconnect to other racks and to the distribution switch. The switches helped us solve connectivity issues in the different rooms.
  • 10/100/1000 switch with web interface and management CLI. Easy setup.
  • Has 10GbE SFP+ port uplinks.
  • Supports unit stacking for single IP management.
  • Allow to create data and voice VLANs.
  • Protection from intruders.
  • Switch is not suitable for Core topology.
  • It does not have 40GbE port.
We recommend Dell EMC PowerConnect switches as they have several model options for different scenarios. Prices are better than leading manufacturers in this segment. Dell's support and warranty is a positive differentiator for providing onsite service until the next business day in case of hardware problems. The N2000 series model we use is recommended for edge scenarios and keeps the LAN connectivity and control secure and always available.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We've been using Dell PowerConnect switches in our data center for more than 5 years now and so far we are very impressed with its speed and performance. It provides very good security for our network. Another important thing to note is that it is very simple to set this up and the manual provided with the device is superb. The support we receive from Dell is outstanding.
  • Dell PowerConnect works well as a backbone to EMC.
  • Dell support was amazing.
  • Dell provides a lot of security options for PowerConnect.
  • Price looks bit higher but that's justifiable with the speed and other features.
  • Sometimes we faced delay with opening support case.
The backbone for the storage equipment. High-speed fiber connect.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
They are rack-mounted in our server room. They provide network connectivity to all the servers in the rack space. We chose them because all of our servers are Dell as well.
  • They work well with other Dell products.
  • They are easy to setup and manage because the UI is homogenous across Dell.
  • Port configuration is a bonus too.
  • If the price had some room to come down we would be able to afford higher models.
  • The CLI could be more uniform across the suite of switches.
  • Sometimes they will fight you on spanning tree protocol.
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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Dell PowerConnect Switches are used in small and medium-sized data center deployments, primarily for SMB clients. In some cases, PowerConnect is used for ISCSI storage networks that are isolated from other production environments. Dell's competitive advantage is phenomenal ProSupport (technical support) and reliable firmware. My organization also actively deploys Cisco, Meraki, and HPE/Aruba 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.
  • More time consuming to support compared to Meraki.
  • Lacks the sophisticated central management of Meraki and Aruba Central.
  • Lacks zero touch or light touch provisioning.
  • Sometimes technical support will push back at deployment-type questions (unless ProDeploy was purchased).
PowerConnect works very well for: - SMB telco racks, the termination point for fiber between MDF and IDF - ISCSI storage networking - networks with VLAN and voice complexity PowerConnect are less ideal in: - Large enterprise (where Cisco is king) - SMB environments seeking simplicity (where Meraki is a natural choice).
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Currently, Dell X1052 switches make up the majority of my core switch rack for my server and desktop connections. We have 7 switches in three racks and they replaced aging HP ProCurve switches. Our network is relatively simple and uses a single VLAN, so the use of the internal management interface was only used to set a static IP. They have 4 SFP ports that will support 10GB/s Ethernet, but we're uplinked on 1GB/s wired connections. I use Dell due to the cost, the warranty/support, and years of previous experience with Dell's networking hardware. Across 20 years of using their network hardware, they have proven to not only be reliable but extremely cost-effective compared to competitors with similar traits. Their support has also been really great with next-day advance shipments means we have minimal downtime in the event one or more devices fail. I have absolutely zero hesitation in recommending their products to anyone interested. One item of note, their SFP ports may require having Dell-branded SFP adapters, as we found pre-made 10GB SFP cables for an HPE switch were not compatible. From what I've been told by support representatives, this isn't unusual with several vendors so now we know to order those specifically in the future.
  • Competitive pricing.
  • Quality hardware components.
  • Enterprise warranty service/support.
  • Compatibility with 3rd party vendor hardware.
  • Less expensive lines of equipment only sold through resellers.
  • Selection of models sometimes limited.
While the x-10## line may not have all of the bells and whistles of Dell's top-tier switches, or those of HPE/Aruba and other network switch vendors, they show great performance and reliability in every instance I've used them in. They make a reasonable choice for connectivity to edge devices such as copiers and desktops, even though I have found them quite capable of maintaining multiple servers with no discernable loss of speed or issues with network traffic. My particular line of Dell switches I wouldn't use for a high-speed network cluster or a rack of blade servers, but for normal day-to-day traffic and general use, it is difficult to find a more economical solution that manages this workload so reliably.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Dell PowerConnect switches are the primary switches that is used for everything relating to LAN connectivity. It offers amazing high performance switching on all ports.
  • High performance switching
  • Easy connectivity for computers and servers
  • PoE
  • No room for improvement at the moment
The DellPowerConnect switches is perfect for a mid-sized organization and a good alternative for Cisco switches. Support is easy for the switches as well.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using Dell [PowerConnect] Switches for about 7 years in virtually the entire organization. They are robust equipment that leave nothing to be desired for your competitors, their functionality allows me to create multiple security layers with Vlans, access tracking with radius and so many other features.
  • Vlam targeting
  • Radius connection
  • Ability to handle loads of storage and servers efficiently
  • 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
I believe that the Dell PowerConnect [Switches] can be used in any environment, everything will depend on how much the organization is willing to invest. It is important to take into account that the investment is not low, but the quality is very high. The equipment can adapt to any topology and environment, and must have trained professionals to get the best out of them.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Dell Powerconnect Switches are used by Vivo's Infrastructure team for access and distribution. These are well-priced and cost-effective switching technologies. We use the 24 access door models, 1524 and the 48 access door model, 1548. Both have up to 10GB uplinks on SFP + port. They are great switches with good support too.
  • Quick support and service.
  • Performance.
  • The switch could have a copper uplink port.
  • The switch could have a 40Gb uplink port.
I believe the PowerConnect Switch is recommended and fits best in access and distribution for its capacity and performance. For Core, I would recommend the Dell Force 10 line. The switches have power over ethernet and can power IP phones and access points at Vivo branches. The support on the Portuguese line and face-to-face service are some differentials that I found.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use them as our layer 3 core switches, distributed switches, and at all of our remote locations.
  • Easy to configure
  • Rock solid. Have only had 1 fail out of dozens in over 6 years.
  • Great features and interface.
  • Better multi-browser functionality.
I found that the Dell PowerConnect Switches are well suited for any scenario that I have been involved with. I have not found any scenario that I couldn't use a PowerConnect.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Dell PowerConnect switches for the core of our network as well as secondary switching.
  • First and foremost, they just work. Months if not years of continuous up time.
  • The price for Dell PowerConnect switches is always reasonable. Quite a few ports for the money.
  • I can't remember a power supply failing.
  • I've had fans burn out after the warranty period. In a way that is a positive and tells you just how long the fans last. However, it would be nice if the fans lasted a bit longer.
  • In a perfect world, it would be nice if the switches were not so loud.
It is well suited in a small to medium sized business that is trying to get the most ROI possible in IT. Not particularly suited for an environment that is expecting Cisco type interfaces.
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