NETGEAR Switches Review

Netgear has solid, cost-effective switches with enterprise functionality


What is most valuable?

  • QoS
  • Port trunking
  • PoE+

Netgear has solid, cost-effective switches with enterprise functionality that I am very happy deploying on my network, and on SMB customer networks.

How has it helped my organization?

I put together a mesh configuration of GS108E and GS110TP switches for several customers to allow them to setup a full High-Availability (HA) configuration between two different ISP devices (modems/routers with only a single customer link each) so there was complete failover between each firewall and each ISP device.

The devices are easy to deploy, easy to configure, and easy to upgrade, especially with their Smart Control Center (SCC) software.

What needs improvement?

A slightly, more featureful CLI interface would be great.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have deployed this specific config for over a year across multiple offices.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The deployment went smoothly, but we have had to revisit the overall configuration to allow remote management of the outside interfaces (for unmanned sites).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability has been fine.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not needed to scale in this config, but the other switches we are using (GS724Tv3, GS728TP) have been well able to handle our traffic.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I have only had to use live customer service infrequently over the past four years.

Technical Support:

On the few occasions I have needed support, technical support has been top-notch.

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

This was a new deployment, based on good experiences with Netgear switches in other areas. We have replaced Dell PowerConnect switches with Netgear ones.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward to get the devices connected to the local network, updated to the right firmware, setup with the right configuration, then get that configuration replicated to other devices (with minor changes).

What about the implementation team?

I implemented it on behalf of my customers.

What was our ROI?

The project did not have a direct ROI consideration. It was implemented to reduce the labor necessary to handle various failover scenarios.

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

Netgear costs are very straightforward. There is very little in the way of separate licensing costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, I recommended a solution based on my experiences with quality and functionality of switches in the mid-tier market.

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