Cisco Ethernet Switches Review

It seems a little expensive given the compromises on offerings and features.

The switches used worldwide are basically required to optimize routers’ performance. Users apt to use Cisco switches among which “Catalyst” series are most popular and abruptly demanding produced. The Cisco Catalyst series Switches are mostly wire-speed, low-latency, Layer 2-4, 1-rack-unit (1-RU), fixed-configuration switches. The catalyst series switches provide exceptional performance, bandwidth, and reliability for low-density. The abundant use of switches provides dependability, reliability and constancy by working with servers and workstations because of remarkable features like :
 Layer 2 & 3 switching
 Remote Management Protocols
• Telnet
 VLAN Support
 Multiple spanning tree
 Trivial File Transfer
 Auto IP Routing
 MAC Address Filter
The worst disadvantage lies in the security which particularly belongs to console port to which modems or other router attached to. The console does not support RS232 DCD (Data Carrier detect). Therefore when the executional session comes to a conclusion, one has to manually detach the session.
Another problem related to catering the situation when a modem connection is lost. In this case, switches are unable to reset therefore producing a security hole because of illegal entry of modem call without the authorization.
But in the normal cases, one can take great advantages of blasting and innovative features of these catalyst series switches and other Cisco’s switches.
If you're not a fan of the Cisco switches for price alone, then the catalyst is definitely going to meet your needs. It seems a little expensive given the compromises on offerings and features. The best thing for which you can love Cisco’s is that its VLAN is automatically configured but its counterpart Juniper products need to be configured manually. Another difference Is the presence of VTP (VLan Truncking Protocol) in Cisco’s switches that is absent in Juniper. Cisco’s switches support both 802.1Q and ISL (Inter Switched Link) protocols while Juniper only supports 802.1Q.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user7665 (Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

Cisco is very well known in the networking domain and majority of its products are in the top line. However, this product falls short of the usual Cisco brand name and there are many problems with this switch. One of the recurring issues I've noticed is the system deadlock wherein it stops responding and in the worst case scenario you need to do a manual reset and it will be back on track.

author avatarit_user7944 (Network Engineer & Web Developer at OneTexh)

Hi Gamerboy.what you noticed is also highlighted by me in this review. Yet it has that drawback but apart from it, cisco switches are still more preferable than other related products.