LAN Switching 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 »
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 »
Al Faruq Ibna Nazim says in a Cisco Catalyst Switches review
Head of Technology at Computer Services Ltd.
In my country, Catalysts are used mostly for simple distribution, not more than that. There were some other areas we've worked on the last two years. Most of the organizations who were going for Catalyst switches with Layer 2 options expected Identity Services integration. They were concentrating on having 802.1X authentication policy-making. View full review »
Akshay Balaganur says in a Cisco Catalyst Switches review
Founder and Lead Network Consultant at Airowire Networks
A good feature of Cisco Catalyst is that it records crash log files which can be used to literally identify the cause of a crash because they have a lot of information. And Cisco Catalyst supports the use of external flash disks for storing of images and file systems. View full review »
reviewer1062765 says in a HPE ProCurve review
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The solution is fast and inexpensive. The solution is easy to manage. View full review »
reviewer1245279 says in a HPE ProCurve review
System Administrator at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The price is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's easy to manage and configure. The configurations can be exported and imported to another solution. View full review »
MarioCeribelli says in a Cisco FabricPath review
Senior Network Specialist & Project Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to migrate VMs between data centers. View full review »
William DeRienzo says in a Cisco Catalyst Switches review
Owner, Engineer, Consultant, Contractor at a tech consulting company with self employed
They don't ever fail and they have a long service life. View full review »
reviewer1218636 says in a Dell PowerConnect Switches review
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
This solution comes with a lifetime warranty. View full review »
Peter Van Loon says in a Dell PowerConnect Switches review
Network Administrator at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features are the jumbo frames and the stacking. Proactive care is the highest level of support contract that you can have. Everything from A to Z is better managed with Dell Support. View full review »
Nelson Gonzalez says in a Cisco Catalyst Switches review
Assistant Information Technology Director with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is managed switching. We rely on heavy segmentation to secure and isolate several business units. The dynamic routing capabilities are excellent. View full review »
SeniorNe798f says in a Cisco Nexus review
Senior Network Engineer at Northrop Grumman
Quality is really the most valuable feature. Being able to interconnect components between different clusters around the globe gives us the flexibility we need. That pretty much makes what we do possible. View full review »
NGFW677 says in a Cisco Nexus review
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of the 7700 series is probably that it lets you have multi-context, and also VPC setup, where you have two logical devices that are still separate in terms of management planes but have shared virtual port channels. View full review »
Zaki Shah says in a Cisco Nexus review
Sr. Data Center Network Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
It's easy to use. View full review »
Security6161 says in a Cisco Nexus review
Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the hardware engine itself. View full review »
Ctio21c2 says in a Cisco Nexus review
CTIO at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
For the Nexus solution features that we use most are the VDCs (Virtual Device Contexts) which are the virtual domain, and VPC for trunking and aggregation. View full review »
NetworkE9b11 says in a Cisco Nexus review
Network Engineer at a government with 11-50 employees
The most valuable benefit of this solution is the ability to use all the different features like VX LAN (Virtual Extensible LAN) and PPC. We use the solutions in the data center and on the LAN side. For all intents and purposes, we were kind of hoping that the 9000s would take on the form of multiple contacts and VDCs (Virtual Device Contexts) like the 7000s have, but we haven't seen that capability come out yet. View full review »
NetworkE492f says in a Cisco Nexus review
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature for us is the VRF (Virtual Routing and Forwarding) support. We are using it in the aggregation layer. View full review »
NetworkE1898 says in a Cisco Nexus review
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed. View full review »
NetworkEd74c says in a Cisco Nexus review
Network Engineer Principal
The flexibility, how accurately the VPCs operate as well as the redundancy built into it with the VPCs are the most valuable features. View full review »
Danish Rizvi says in a Cisco Nexus review
Senior Network Engineer at Halliburton Company
The most valuable feature is stability because in a data center you really need that. The consolidation of all of the layer two ports into one rack is very valuable. View full review »
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