Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches Competitors and Alternatives

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reviewer947484
Head IT Operations at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Feb 17, 2020
Good pricing and operates well with Cisco, but needs more documentation

What is our primary use case?

We utilize the solution for asset layers and then also for the core. The ones around the core have been failing, and I've been replacing them as they fail with Cisco replacements.

Pros and Cons

  • "Pricing-wise, Huawei is quite good."
  • "There needs to be more documentation. If they opened up a bit and shared more information and maybe allowed for YouTube videos about their products and how to work them, it would benefit the users quite a bit."

What other advice do I have?

We are both an installer and considering becoming a Huawei partner. About five years ago I began working with Huawei, and I decided then whenever they failed, I'd just replace the old ones with Cisco. However, after five years, many are still working, so we have a hybrid system where we use both Huawei and Cisco switches. However, whenever they do fail, I replace them with Cisco, so there may come a time int eh future where I will no longer be working with them and will have completely switched over to Cisco. I don't have the exact version number, but I'm dealing with the 9300 core switch…
reviewer1296138
Security & Infrastructure Architect at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 31, 2020
Reasonably-priced and easy to manage from a central location

What is our primary use case?

The 5400 series is a modular chassis-based switch and it allows us to buy parts for different needs, such as 10 gigs, or a one gig ethernet over copper for workstations. It's really our core switch and we actually have a couple of different models. That's in our headquarters, and then we have some other sites that use Aruba. I think they're the 2600 series or 2700 series, the smaller, modular ones, and stackable ones. Not the chassis-based.

Pros and Cons

  • "All of the networking products that we use are Aruba, so we use Aruba Central to manage them."
  • "It would be good if I could get a 24-port, 10 gig module."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a good, solid tool. It doesn't do anything fancy but it does what we need it to do. We don't do any routing through it. We have other routers to do all of that work. Again, the modular flexibility was a big attraction for us. I've used Switches forever, so I knew what to expect. There was no installation really needed. We knew how to set up VLAN and set up the interfaces. We're happy with it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
CornelCristea
Network and Service Development Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 17, 2019
Works well for aggregating traffic and has a standard CLI between devices

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for traffic aggregation. We connect multiple services to virtual infrastructure, connecting customers and aggregating traffic to the core. We have an on-premises deployment.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that the CLI is the same on all of the Juniper devices, including routers, switches, and firewalls."
  • "The protocols can be tunneled, but on a global basis, not on an interface, and this is a feature that should be added."

What other advice do I have?

There are many different types of switches in different categories. It is best to look, right from the beginning, at what features are needed. You do not want to pay for Enterprise licenses if you don't need those features. Be sure to look at the right family in order to protect your investment in the future. For example, if you want to go from 1G to 10G to 25G, then they will need to buy a new product. Going from 10G to 25G can be done on the same machine if it is from the right family. The planning makes it easier to upgrade bandwidth in the future, protecting your investment. This is a good…
Udochi Ododo
Manager, Technical Planning and Solutions Design at Galaxy Backbone Ltd
Real User
Top 5
Jan 12, 2021
Reasonably priced and the bandwidth management capabilities are good

What is our primary use case?

I am a solution provider and I deploy this product for my customers. Primarily, it is used for last-mile access. When I deploy it in an enterprise environment, It is normally for bandwidth control.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is its bandwidth management ability."
  • "They should improve technical support and make direct access available to the customers."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing MikroTik Routers is to make sure that they have the requisite toolsets onboard to manage the devices so that they don't run into problems. Otherwise, it is a good and inexpensive product to use. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
reviewer1149675
National Information Systems Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Mar 17, 2020
Very straightforward with lots of features but the certifications should be more transparent

What is our primary use case?

We have physical hosts across multiple data centers and primarily use the solution to lay network fabric that can support the amount of throughput that we need to our HA and service ports.

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is very straightforward."
  • "We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users."

What other advice do I have?

We're Fortinet partners. We are both using the solution and providing it to our customers. The size of the clients we deal with vary. Some are small. Some are mining entities. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it seven out of ten.
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