Ethernet Switches Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Ryan Baskharoon says in a NETGEAR Switches review
Operations Manager at DLL Technologies
The most valuable feature to me is the modular side of things, being able to replace a module and a transceiver at our beck and call. If something goes down, or a piece of equipment is broken, I don't have to replace the whole switch. I can just replace the part that's broken or the part that is no longer working. I can get them back up and working within a matter of minutes, versus having to replace everything and reprogram everything. It's a huge time-saver. The switch itself actually works fantastically. Getting into it works well, the console works well. The console user interface is very easy. A "question mark" is the big key to that whole console. If you don't know anything, it actually walks you through what to look for and how to look for it, when you're in different sections of the console. Besides the modules, the software and the web interface, are actually very easy to use. They make life, programming, and everything very simple. View full review »
reviewer248214 says in a MikroTik Routers and Switches review
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The cost and versatility are the solution's most valuable features. You can do anything with them if you know how to. The solution has a whole portfolio of routing features available. You don't need to buy special licenses for the solution. You have everything there. The configuration capabilities are good too. They're very flexible. View full review »
reviewer997284 says in a MikroTik Routers and Switches review
Network Engineer at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
The radius and wireless features are the most valuable aspects of the solution. View full review »
Technology Manager with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is that you can do anything on all platforms. The GUI is also good, and the CLI is excellent. View full review »
Boas Hochstrasser says in a NETGEAR Switches review
Chief Technology Officer at Genesis Technologies
* The stacking feature * The web interface, which makes it easy to use and set up. * The support for SDVoE * The 10GbE port speed It provides the ability to stack switches together, and this is a huge time saver! Having one interface to configure the complete system, especially when it comes to VLANs, helps a lot. This administration is something that is time consuming when all switches need to be configured individually. Thanks to stacking, you have VLANs available on all switches, and you can just select what you want. Since it has a web interface, it is easy to set up. You don't have to take three years of training somewhere for a lot of money. View full review »
Jaret Carlson says in a NETGEAR Switches review
Owner at Alpha Tech
The remote management has been awesome. With the old-school style of switches, you actually had to be on the LAN, plug into it - you could get in remotely but you had to go through a computer and have other trickery to get in. With this, you literally just log in to a website, see all your clients, all your NETGEAR switches, and you can manage them all right there: the VLANs, powering on and off individual ports, rebooting the whole device, the firmware updates. Everything can be done remotely, so it's pretty awesome for an IT company. It saves time which means more profitability. It's super-easy to use and deploy, probably one of the easiest managed switches I've ever used. I can have it pre-programmed and configured right through the web interface before I even plug it into the customer's site. By linking it to the account and doing the configuration, when I plug it in and turn it on at the client's site it gets the configuration automatically. The web portal is really awesome. I've had to troubleshoot one out of eight, so that's a pretty good ratio. It's a brand new product, so we haven't really sold tons of them yet. The troubleshooting has been pretty easy because we do it remotely and we can reboot the whole device remotely. The only time it has become a problem is when there were multiple failures. We did have one case where the internet had gone out and it was just that the router needed to get rebooted, but we couldn't do anything to the switch because their internet was down. I had to go out there. View full review »
Keith Hanna says in a NETGEAR Switches review
Independent Consultant at a tech company with 1-10 employees
The most valuable feature is the Insight application itself, with its ease of management. Also, the remote management tools are fantastic. The combination of the webpage as well as the app makes life so much easier. I don't need to go and visit sites to do upgrades or any sorts of changes. The firmware can all be deployed remotely. I can see the traffic on each of the switch ports remotely as well, so I can see if we've got problems, down to an individual port. It's very granular. It's easy to use and deploy. It's just a simple case of assigning a switch to one of the already-configured network offices. Then, as soon as the device pairs up, it downloads the configuration and it's good to go. It's very simple. The management tools are very straightforward. They're well laid out in terms of the concepts, and configuration and adding new devices are very easy. It's very straightforward. View full review »
Kiersten Saltwick says in a NETGEAR Switches review
VP, Accounting and HR at Parrish Consulting
Their online portal is one of the most useful features. The portal is very user-friendly, so even someone with not a lot of tech experience can go in and see what's going on with the switch. The newest release, where we get to schedule firmware updates, is another extremely useful feature. The firmware updates are great for us because we can schedule them in off-hours for the business and at times where we'd rather not be physically at the office waiting for a switch to update. Those two are the features we use most. But they have a lot of features, all the way down to port-level insight, seeing which ports are being used, what's happening. Cable Test is another one. We haven't used it that often because we haven't had a need to, but it's nice that that feature is there. The remote troubleshooting is pretty easy. You can turn off a port that might have a network loop created, or where there might be a bad NIC which is creating issues. Being able to turn off that port remotely is fantastic, instead of having to replace the whole switch. Remote management is really easy. They also have a great app. It's something we've had to get used to using. Most IT professionals are already on our computers and it's easy to use their computers. But the app is great and easy to use, and it has pretty much all the same functionality. Overall, it's easy, once everything is done correctly and you've gotten to the right firmware. On a scale of one to ten, the ease of use is a nine. I'm not the most IT-literate. Technically I'm the CFO and I do tech work on the side. But it's incredibly easy. It's really straightforward. I don't know how to describe it in any other terms. It's just user-friendly, even for those with little to no tech experience. You don't need to know command lines in this user interface. It's very mouse-friendly. You can just drill down by clicking on things like ports, etc. I don't think you need to be an IT expert to use the Insight Cloud Portal switches. It's really straightforward. They have a lot of warnings if you do something you're not supposed to, like set up a networking loop. That makes it really great for people who aren't familiar with how to support networks. If you set up a networking loop, that will take down your whole network. Even if you've caused that, it will keep your network up so you can look at the alert and find, "Oh, that's a networking loop," and unplug it and stay on track. This is really user-friendly for people new to networking or for small businesses that are trying to support themselves and that don't have internal IT. I think this would be really easy for them to use. When they came out with the Insight Pro Edition, a lot of the MSPs were really happy because it allows us to support multiple customers in the same pane of glass. I can have different customers, and different locations under those customers, but keep them so that the customers don't see who else we support. View full review »
Eric Gorman says in a NETGEAR Switches review
Owner/CTO at a tech services company
Two of the most important features are the ease of monitoring and setup. The setup is a breeze with the Insight switches and monitoring of the Ethernet switches for our clients through, in our case, the Insight Pro account, is also a breeze. NETGEAR has made it really easy to deploy these devices because you just put in the serial number and the system dials home and finds the right account to be attached to. I can set up and preconfigure everything for my client in the Insight Pro interface, put the serial numbers in, so when we bring these things online, they can go home, they can get their configuration, they check in, and do all that stuff automatically. And through the Insight product line, you can push the settings down to all your Insight devices. For example, we have one client that has three Insight switches and when we make a change to their network - for example, we have to add a VLAN for whatever purpose within the organization - we can make the configuration change and push it down to all three switches at once. We don't have to individually log on to each switch to make the change. I really love the remote management as well. One of the biggest benefits of the remote management is that it's easy to use and you can use it from a mobile device or tablet with the app they've developed. I have technicians and engineers who work for me and support my customers. If one of my engineers is out in the field at a client and an alert comes in from another client, that engineer can take that alert and look at it in real-time using the app on his phone. He can figure out what might be the problem and actually even solve the problem without the issue having to be transferred back to the main office to have someone else address it. The remote troubleshooting features provide a single pane of glass where I can see my all my clients' equipment. If they're reporting a problem, I can go to the Insight Pro interface online and I can bring up that client and I can see all their devices and the status of all their devices. I can start to dive into it and look at, "Okay, what's the throughput on this switch?" I can then quickly identify, "Well, there's something attached to this switch that's causing a flooding of the network," for example. I can then actually identify which port it is and then address it quickly. View full review »
reviewer1074753 says in an Ubiquiti UniFi Switches review
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
The interface and the duality are the solution's most valuable features. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is that I can completely isolate devices that are compromising the network. I get all of my analytics from the FortiGate point of view. I have FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiManager for all of my analytics. The analytics are collected from the switch and everything that is connected to the switch. I get a physical view of every single device that is connected to every point in my network. I love the view, because I know which computer is connecting to what access point, as well as which computer or node is connecting to what switch and to what port. View full review »
Head of IT Operations at a media company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. View full review »
reviewer1233816 says in a Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches review
Security Consultant with 51-200 employees
I like the ability to do the segmentation on the access layer. It allows you to segment the network into a zone or workgroups. By defining the VLAN you can logically separate the traffic. It helps minimize the risk with lateral movement and reduces the attack of Malware within your network. View full review »
AsemHamamdi says in a Brocade Ethernet Switches review
Senior Data Center Admin at Paltel
The most important feature of this solution is the performance because we have many switches and we have a performance for Brocade Ethernet Switches that needs about 16 gigabyte per second. We have accessed these 16 gigabyte per second. View full review »
reviewer1226619 says in a Juniper Ethernet Switches review
Data Center Architecture and Planning at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The switches are pretty typical. They offer good control and good switching. View full review »
Tech Manager at Global tec
The visual scope of the solution is very good. It allows me to see and download all of the network information. View full review »
reviewer1218558 says in an Aruba Switches review
IT Director at a government
The solution is very reliable. It's easy to use with other solutions. View full review »
AliGursoy says in a HPE Ethernet Switches review
IT Manager at CBN
The manageability of the switches is the solution's most valuable feature. The solution is easy to set up and easy to use, unlike, for example, Cisco, which is more complex. View full review »
reviewer1151457 says in a Meraki MS Switches review
Delivery Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution's most valuable aspect is the ease of stacking. The configuration on the MS Switches is very good, as well as its ability to assign the LANs. The visibility of the solution is very good. View full review »
reviewer1033491 says in an Aruba Switches review
Networking Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We like the framework of fabric virtual switching. It is the only virtual link between two switches, particularly with the co-switching environment. The link helps us to avoid issues with the findings tool. View full review »
AshrafPawaskar says in an Aruba Switches review
Network and Security Engineer at CAD GULF LLC
Aruba is very easy to use, the GUI is very good and the command line is quite similar to Cisco, so it is very easy to configure. View full review »
FrankStevens says in an Aruba Switches review
Solutions Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I find all the special switches really valuable. View full review »
Senior Data Center Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most important feature related to this solution is that most of the time, it covers all of what we need for our projects. It is suitable as a complete solution. The generalization is useful. This is a flexible solution that integrates well with other platforms and products. View full review »
EnockAnderson says in an Ubiquiti UniFi Switches review
Head of ICT Unit with 11-50 employees
I like the control one has with this solution; you manage everything from one central point. Everything including the devices and the switches. So the centralized management is one thing that I really like about Ubiquiti. View full review »
reviewer1222638 says in a Meraki MS Switches review
Head of IT at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The technical support is very good. They offer some of the best support on the market. View full review »
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