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Question: Would you recommend replacing a Cisco Catalyst Switch by a D-link one?
Answer: Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the other hand, which model of the Dlink brand do you want to use?1) is equivalent in functions?2) are all the functions of the Cisco equipment used?3) Do you already have the IT expert to install and configure it?4) Will the new equipment suggested in Dlink use all the functions you need?Most of the time, the consideration of changing the equipment is because its useful life has come to an end, the technology is no longer the best available, or it broke down due to some overload, in these cases the first criterion to decide is always the cost economic, but the ideal is to see the big picture and look at the overall cost-benefitIt does not matter that the Dlink equipment is more economical, in these times many brands have economic equipment and that rival in capabilities with the leading brands you can have confidence in itAs a result of this, the same Cisco brand already has a line (Catalyst 1000) that presents the same cost benefit as the equipment of the others with lower price rangesfinally my personal recommendation is any brand of the followinga) Ubiquiti Edge or ubiquiti Unifib) Cisco Catalyst 1000c) TPLink Omadad) Aruba instant onGood luck.
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"In terms of most valuable feature, I would say the user interface.""The security of the switches is pretty impressive. There are many security features available on the product.""These switches are both stable and scalable.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""I'm satisfied with Cisco switches. It's stable and beautiful.""It is easy to configure and troubleshoot.""The main features of this solution are performance and ease of use.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is easy to use and it has good technical support."

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"The solution is scalable.""Its integration is the most valuable.""The product is simple to manage.""The solution is easy to use.""These switches are very easy to install because there is no configuration.""These switches are simple and easy to configure.""I can't find anything wrong with our D-Link Ethernet Switches."

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"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 security patches without a support contract. I’ve had trouble getting approval to renew Cisco support contracts due to the cost.""The GUI is not that easy.""Up to a certain network size, it is easy to scale, but after that, it becomes difficult.""It would be nice if they had higher wattage for PoE+.""Cisco is not user-friendly. It would be best if you had a technical expert. The graphical user interface is more like a command line, and most functionalities are on the command line.""You do have to buy into the Cisco architecture to be able to use them.""Putting in a more complete management infrastructure would help when it comes to handling lower-end switches.""In the future, some of the features could be updated to support the latest functions."

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"It should be more stable, and it should have good integration with the cloud. It should support configuration, supervision, and control through the cloud.""They could be more stable. They were not as resistant as Cisco. After some time, some of them failed. This could be because we import quite a lot of products from different horizons, so there is no guarantee of quality. In Africa, these products don't always directly come from the manufacturer. We get these products from the Middle East or Asia. Therefore, you cannot be sure that the quality is exactly similar to what you have in Europe or America.""We have issues with the stability.""The solution needs better local support.""In a future release, the solution could improve by being more secure and allowing the configuration of each port.""I would like an option to create different networks within the switch."

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"Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved.""Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing.""It's a little expensive.""I pay a fixed price on it. I'm not the person on the pursing, so I don't really compare.""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.""Its price is very high, but it is a good device. Cisco must work on its price. Other solutions provide a better price for similar functionalities.""The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us."

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"There is not a license required for this solution and it is priced well.""The D-Link Switches are cheaper than Cisco.""The solution is budget-friendly""They were cheap. We were not paying for any license.""These units vary in price from $200 to one thousand dollars. They're available for a one-time purchase."

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Answers from the Community
Mesfin Workneh
author avatarEnder Kefoglu
Real User

I wholeheartedly agreee with everything Luis Apodaca has said. My additional comments are as follows:

What is the size of your network, and are you using any features of the Cisco switches?

How many switches are you trying to use and what is the total price difference between the two brands?

Most of the time, people are using cheap switches as plug-n-play equipment without any configuration and without any management. If that is also your case, you may use the cheapest alternative. After all, switch is a switch. And every brand will work with same performance values. Any switch will have most of the configurable/managerial features expected by a small to mid size network project. 

However, Cisco support and Cisco durability is outstanding. Cisco didn't earn its reputation without these. Ofcourse, it comes with a slight price tag. 

author avatarsupervis809292 (Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees)

Hard to make a recommendation with zero details about your use case. But assuming your use case originally justified Cisco Catalyst switches (implying enterprise to medium-size business) I don’t recommend changing. The Cisco solution provides a greater feature set that can be very useful in larger environments. However, if the use case is a smaller/simple network there are more cost-effective options. 

D-Link would not be at the top of my list though (Aruba, Netgear, Ubiquiti to name a few). I haven’t used a D-Link device in a long time though so I really can’t speak about their current product line which is why I wasn’t going to answer you until Evgeny Belenky called me out.

author avatarDevanand PR
Real User

Hello Mesfin,

Luis has given good directions already.

Without much details, I could say that generally, I wouldn't recommend replacing a Cisco Switch with D-Link.


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Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
Typically managed using a browser-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), D-Link Ethernet Switches are attractively priced and support an essential set of Layer 2/2+ switching functions including VLAN, Link Aggregation, QoS, Bandwidth Limiting, Access Control Lists, and more.
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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company8%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Manufacturing Company5%
Aerospace/Defense Firm29%
Healthcare Company14%
Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company15%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise34%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise51%
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise44%
Large Enterprise11%
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Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 51 reviews while D-Link Ethernet Switches is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 7 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while D-Link Ethernet Switches is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of D-Link Ethernet Switches writes "Easy to set up, stable, and offers reasonable pricing". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Brocade Ethernet Switches and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet Switches, whereas D-Link Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. D-Link Ethernet Switches report.

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