D-Link Ethernet Switches Review

A cost-effective switch that is easy to set up and has room for growth

What is our primary use case?

I am a network administrator and D-Link Ethernet Switches make up part of the network that I manage. These switches connect the workstations to the servers and then through the firewall to the internet.

What is most valuable?

These switches are very easy to install because there is no configuration. Rather, they are just plug-and-play.

What needs improvement?

D-Link switches are not as robust as Cisco.

I would like an option to create different networks within the switch.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with D-Link Ethernet switches since 2014.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any trouble with stability. We moved offices two years ago and went to bigger cabinets with more switches, and there haven't been any problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is pretty flexible. It has room for growth.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never had a problem that required calling technical support. I have had some of these same switches for more than five years without trouble. If I did have an issue now then I would just replace them because they are not expensive.

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

I used to work a lot with Cisco routers and switches but have not used them since 2011. In comparing them, Cisco routers are more expensive but they are also more robust.

Feature-wise, for the same level of switch model, I don't think that there is much of a difference other than Cisco being more expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy and I've had no issues with it at all. Once all of the cables were in place and we turned it on, it worked right away. I had one core switch, to which all of the other switches and the firewall were connected.

What about the implementation team?

I did the deployment myself. All of the configurations were done on the firewall side, which is the hardest part. With a small office like we have, it is not complicated.

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

The D-Link Switches are cheaper than Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I would recommend without any reservation. That said, there are some improvements that can be made.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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