Cisco Ethernet Switches Reviews

Cisco Ethernet Switches is the #1 ranked solution of our top Ethernet Switches tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to NETGEAR Switches - Cisco Ethernet Switches vs NETGEAR Switches

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Real User
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

There are two things about this solution that I find valuable. One valuable feature is that you can string a number of switches together, and the fact that there are various methods to connect them, such as by stacking. A stack means that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

There are several situations where these switches are used. Most times if they want to move off the main site, or they want to move locations, or they want to have temporary spaces, they can use a switch. Temporary means they may want to… more »

What needs improvement?

At the moment the switches that you have can't scale because they've got their control plane and data plane in the same device. The problem with that is you're limited to the number of switches you can string along because of limitations… more »

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

I have also used the Meraki MX switches, but they are more like routers and used to support the wireless systems for Meraki.

What other advice do I have?

What is happening in the industry is that they are separating two things that traditionally held back the growth of switches, which is the control plane aspect of the switch from the data point. What you're finding is that the newer… more »
ShehabAhmed
Real User
IT Operations Engineer at Infosysta
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part of this solution for us VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network), MAC authentication and security.

How has it helped my organization?

This product provides us with stable security and configurable VLAN management.

What needs improvement?

For Cisco, the interface between fiscal small business switches and the Cisco Catalyst or Enterprise switch is a little bit different. So, I needed to take some time to… more »

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

It is certainly not the least expensive product for switching, but I think it is the best and if you have the budget it is worth it.

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

As I moved around between three or four companies to get better jobs and positions, all of them were using Cisco. In some places, we were using HP ProCurve switches… more »

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is the better solution if someone is considering it and they are willing to pay for it. The product is expensive to buy. In my current position, the budget is not a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated other options by my previous experience, so, in a way, we did evaluate other choices, but I had already made up my mind because of what I knew.
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Real User
ICT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The quality of service is one of the main reasons we use Cisco in our organization. It's quite high and very reliable. The switches also end up working for a long time, so there's less need to replace them as often as others. We have some… more »

What needs improvement?

The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this. We have… more »

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

I don't handle the licensing aspect of the solution, so I can't speak to the exact pricing. However, I am aware it's one of the more expensive options on the market. The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid… more »

What other advice do I have?

We mainly work with Cisco ethernet switches at our organization. Aside from the cost, the Cisco switches are quite stable and easy to use. If you have the money as an organization, I would highly recommend Cisco. We are just a customer of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did compare Cisco to Ubiquiti. I was doing this research for a friend who was trying to open a resort but had limited funding. He didn't want to deal with Cisco as he knew the pricing would be out of his budget, so he asked me to look… more »
PinchasAlbalya
Real User
Network Engineer at Ben Gurion University
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. The solution is simple to configure. The layer-2 switching is very fast.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have the option of two power supplies on these switches. It is important for us because these switches are installed in our data center and critical departments. These units have to… more »

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

This is an expensive solution, but you are paying for stability.

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

I have experience with Juniper LAN switches, but that was with a previous company. The university campus had bought Juniper switches about six years ago, but they are moving completely to Cisco… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are looking forward to the 10-gigabit uplink port, which is an improvement that we have waited for. We expect to have this new module in one or two months. Cisco has a family of Small Business… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Meraki switches but they were not suitable for the university campus.
Phillip Peerman
Real User
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jun 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The CLI is very valuable as it allows network professionals to work fast and customize the configuration however they need. Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco switches provide layer 3 functionality on the network taking that load off the security appliance and not requiring a router on the network. This prevents single… more »

What needs improvement?

The typical areas of concern for Cisco Ethernet Switches are not technical but cost including support costs. I’ve never liked the fact that end users cannot download… more »

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

Find a Cisco partner that has a lot of volume and pressure them for a better price. There is a lot of markup on the higher end devices. Plan for support contract expenses… more »

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

I have been using Cisco Ethernet Switches my entire career. I really like them but they are not always cost-effective.

What other advice do I have?

You will not be disappointed with a Cisco solution from a technical perspective. Learn the OS via CLI and you will always have job security too.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared it to Meraki if cloud management would be helpful.
Muhammed Eslami
Consultant
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

I've worked with many features on Cisco's switches. However, the newest features I've used were on Nexus switches. The VPC on Nexus switches, supported on Nexus switches, provides high availability and load balancing for virtual port… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution could always benefit from some more security features. For example, they need something which is mainly used for enterprise networks that allow for identity-based security or authentication. The pricing of the switches could be… more »

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

Cisco's pricing is quite high. It's on the higher end of the spectrum in comparison to other options on the market.

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

I've used Foundry switches in the past, which is a brand that does not exist any longer. Those switches were also very good in terms of stability. We used them in industrial ethernet environments. However, they are not products that are… more »

What other advice do I have?

I've worked with Cisco switches, but not industrial switches. I've worked with the 2900 series switches, as well as the 2800, 3700 series, and 3800 series of switches. Those are Cisco's enterprise and LAN switches. I would recommend using… more »
Nawaf AlTamimi
Real User
Network & System Security Consultant at Zakat House
Jun 21 2020

What is most valuable?

We keep Cisco for normal switches for corrective flows and the data center. But they are not so good with the firewall so we use Palo Alto and FortiGate. In terms of the most valuable feature, I would say the user interface. We also have Citrix XenApp for the remote service. And Exchange and other… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco is our backbone. This includes switches, main office, links - all Cisco. For the one between branches, we have Riverbed to speed it up. For internet analytics, we have Palo Alto, Fortinet Security. For application delivery, Citrix. Database, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle. We also have business… more »

What needs improvement?

We are only using Cisco for switches and for the IP telephony call center. It needs to be manageable, easy, and fast with Windows and other GUIs. They must improve their interface and stability.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is very good and stable. But the problem is that it is costly. It's a very good service but it would be costly for small companies. They should go for lower-end, cheaper switches. Because we are the government, we are stuck with Cisco. But the small and medium-sized businesses must go lower… more »
Real User
Head Of Information & Communication Technology at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
Jun 18 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the performance and ability to handle the flow of traffic. The redundancy that the switches provide is very good.

How has it helped my organization?

These switches help to build the best network, the way we want it. There is a guarantee that makes us feel better about having a secure network.

What needs improvement?

There is a focus on improving the UI for managing the higher-end switches and routers, but not the traditional ones. Putting in a more complete management infrastructure would help when it comes to handling lower-end switches. These… more »

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

These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment.

What other advice do I have?

The switches that we have purchased handle our load pretty well. We do not have a high data plan network. When our switches age beyond the life cycle then each will be replaced with whatever the current model is in the market at the time… more »
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Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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