Cisco Catalyst Switches Review

The 802.1X port security works well and helps keep the network secure


What is our primary use case?

Access layer Switches. VLAN Segmentation, Inter-VLAN and LAN Routing. 802.1X network access device.

How has it helped my organization?

This platform has enabled reliable connectivity across the entire campus network. Great performance and stability ensure that the network is available where you need it. The 802.1X port security and other security features work well and help keep the network secure. PoE helped us deploy WLAN APs, security cameras, and IP phones with minimal cabling.

What is most valuable?

  • Very stable and dependable switches.
  • The wide range of features will be enough for almost any LAN environment.
  • The CLI is pretty much the same across all switching and routing platforms from Cisco, making deployment of new switches, replacement of damaged equipment, or upgrades to newer platforms very easy.

What needs improvement?

I have found no major drawbacks in the Catalyst platforms. The price is high, but for seemingly the best LAN switching platform available, coupled with Cisco's excellent support, the price doesn't seem to be too much.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is the best I have worked with.

How was the initial setup?

Basic switching functionality works out-of-the-box, as with any other switch. Complexity will depend on the task at hand, but if you're familiar with the Cisco CLI you should have no problem finding your way.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing of Cisco equipment is high, but I think these switches are worth the price.

What other advice do I have?

I have been working with Catalyst switches for 10 years. Cisco support is among the best there is. Use it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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