Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches Review

Reasonably priced with good virtualization and micro-segmentation features

What is our primary use case?

We are an IT company and we configure these switches for our clients. The environment varies depending on the client and their requirements.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are virtualization and micro-segmentation.

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs a lot of improvement.

The enterprise-level and data center products need to be improved.

The command-line interface could be more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Linksys Ethernet switches for the past 14 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Linksys switches are pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With respect to scalability, some features such as stacking are missing. Linksys has to work on this technology, especially for a scalable stack. This product is best suited to home users and small offices.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never had to contact technical support directly. I have been able to configure these devices using the administration guide.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with multiple switches from multiple vendors. These include Cisco enterprise-level switches like the Catalyst and the 6500 series. I have worked with Acer routers, HP enterprise-level switches, Dell S-series and N-series, Juniper's MX series routers and EX series switches, and Huawei's S-Series switches and NE-Series routers.

How was the initial setup?

This product is very easy to deploy and any home user can do it. For the typical home user, I don't think that it would take more than a day to set up and deploy.

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

The price of Linksys products is pretty reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is that it is well-suited for home uses and small businesses. My only complaints are about the user interface and the stacking capabilities.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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