Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switch - Workhorse switch
December 04, 2020

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switch - Workhorse switch

Wien Dai | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

Catalyst 3650 switches are the workhorse in our network as access layer switch. We have more than 60 of them. They are inexpensive, very reliable and efficient. I think over the 10 years, I only saw 1 or 2 switches went dead. They are easy to configure. Commands are consistent. It gives monitoring software good counters to monitor. The switch offers many ways to troubleshoot potential problems.

The downside is this series reaches its end of life. Cisco will soon stop selling them and in several years, will stop supporting them. So, it's time to look for replacement models. One of them is Catalyst 9200 series.

In general, as a Network Manager, I like Cisco Catalyst 3650 switches. They are like Toyota Camry or Honda Accord cars, running smoothly and economically.
  • It's very reliable. Very rarely fails.
  • Runs smoothly. No problems at all.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems.
  • Works like a charm in the background passing traffic.
  • Provides a lot of counters to monitor performance.
  • Can't think of any.
  • The Catalyst 3650 Series switches offers smooth performance, reliable connectivity. They definitely help business without any interruption.
  • The inexpensive price helps budget too.
We actually didn't benefit in this area.
We have benefited from their monitoring capabilities. We can monitor many aspects of the switches. It helps monitor switches' health.
2960C, 2750, 3560, 9200, 6501, and 2950.

Do you think Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches again?

Yes

Veeam Backup & Replication
They are very solid access layer switches in large office, school and places. They are not the best choice for very small offices, stores and other locations where people more focus on price, not performance or reliability.