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Pros
"The hardware side is a very big advantage. We use it 24/7 and we haven't had any problems so far with the switches.""They're straightforward and stable.""They are easy to use, they are cheaper, and it's a trusted brand."

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"Cisco is the world leader in these systems. The expertise they have is very good compared to others. We can trust Cisco from a technical perspective.""In terms of most valuable feature, I would say the user interface.""The solution offers great bandwidth and speed.""One main feature of this solution is the POE switches.""I have found the solution to have good scalability. Cisco is the pioneers on switching technology, they are very good.""The product offers very good customer support. It's likely the best in the industry.""I'm satisfied with Cisco switches. It's stable and beautiful.""It's all-encompassing and can help you in all these different areas. If people realize that they want something that's going to work, that's pretty foolproof, then Cisco's always worth the investment."

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"I think there's nothing that needs to be improved because the company is no longer in existence.""When we try to do configuration changes sometimes it malfunctions.""The cost and the integration with other solutions could be better."

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"Cisco needs to include new features to attract new customers.""You have to be Cisco-certified to work on Cisco products, so we can't get into Cisco to do even basic configurations.""They can make the licensing model a little easier.""Very highly priced in comparison to other similar products.""Because of the cyber attacks, they should focus more on VoIP.""Up to a certain network size, it is easy to scale, but after that, it becomes difficult.""The initial setup can be simplified.""Cisco switches are good as they are, but it would be a major feature if they have built-in routers. Some of the Microchip switches have routers built in the same device. They have a router switch. For some of the sites, we deploy such switches because the client does not want a separate router and a separate switch. So, we go for a router switch with maybe 24 ports. Some of them are fiber, and some of them are ethernet. It would be a major improvement to what Cisco is already doing. Behind the scenes, a lot of scripting and stuff like this is happening. A lot of workload can be lifted if Cisco had a good GUI. If you look at Microchip switches, they have a good GUI in addition to the CLI."

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"The cost could be improved, but it is cheaper than the others."

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"It is an expensive product.""Cisco is an industry leader, but the price is very high.""It is very expensive.""We get the SMARTnet and one of the switches has that Cisco ONE licensing. It's probably running about $12,000 a year right now.""The price of this solution is fair.""In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side.""Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models.""I pay a fixed price on it. I'm not the person on the pursing, so I don't really compare."

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9.0
1st
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Overview
3Com Baseline switches provide cost-effective layer 2 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet switching for LANs that do not need management capabilities. Simple to install and economical to own, they feature wirespeed performance on fixed-configuration, rack-mountable platforms.
Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
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Sample Customers
British Columbia Assessment Authority, DreamWorks, DRV
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company11%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company6%
REVIEWERS
University9%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise51%
Find out what your peers are saying about 3Com H3C Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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3Com H3C Switches is ranked 17th in Ethernet Switches with 3 reviews while Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 54 reviews. 3Com H3C Switches is rated 9.0, while Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of 3Com H3C Switches writes "Reliable switches that don't require management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". 3Com H3C Switches is most compared with HPE Ethernet Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches and Aruba Switches, whereas Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches and D-Link Ethernet Switches. See our 3Com H3C Switches vs. Cisco Ethernet Switches report.

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