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"Easy to use, flexible, stable, and offers great performance.""Pricing-wise, Huawei is quite good.""The Huawei switches are stable, easy to set up, and cheap.""The most valuable features are that it is easy to use, easy to configure, it's priced well, and the operating system is easy to understand.""Huawei Ethernet switches are easy to use and can be managed using either the GUI or via the command-line.""The most valuable feature is the audit systems. I also like that it can synchronize on the alternate configuration of products together at the same time.""If you're a small one-on-one organization, then cost-effective-wise, I would recommend it.""I use it on a daily basis and I find it to be quite stable."

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"Since it has a web interface, it is easy to set up. You don't have to take three years of training somewhere for a lot of money.""The big winner for NETGEAR is their modular switch: the 96X version. That is something that you don't see in the market anywhere else, except for Cisco who has it at a high level for a high expense. The ability to customize your own switch with their modules is a big plus for what we do in the market right now. Instead of having to piece together standardized switches, trying to make something work, or fitting the design into the mold, the modular switches are aware that you can make a mark in the industry because you purchased one switch and design with different modules added and removed later on for functionality.""Out-of-the-box, it works for our main use case. When passing multicast video across the network, our technicians don't have make any changes. Then, if we do need to make configuration changes for a custom scenario, the web interface is user intuitive so it's easy to use and change.""The most valuable feature is definitely the fully functional IGMP snooping and querier, out-of-the-box, that the switch provides. With most if not all switches that we've worked with previously, at a minimum you have to enable a couple of different options... It's really a good feature to have that stuff enabled and fully functional out-of-the-box so that [AV techs] don't have to worry about configuring any of that stuff.""For what I used this switch for, it did well.""SFP, speed, and 10-Gigabit are the most valuable aspects of this solution. We're an architecture firm and we sometimes deal with large files. Anything we can do to eke out even a fraction of a second less time to get something done over the course of a year adds up. If I can get 10-Gigabit running in my server room, which I am right now, even though we're only gigabit to the desktop, due to the client computers we have, I can get more performance from everybody. I'm ready to start bringing in 10-Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop once I get the hardware to do that.""The High Bandwidth AV-over-IP functionality of these switches has been fantastic, especially in leaf-and-spine. We've been able to build redundancy and they seem to outperform even the Cisco Catalyst, which is about twice as expensive as the M-series switches are.""The ease of use of these switches is very good because of the Cisco CLI. If you are familiar with CLI, then you can configure the switch that way. It also has a relatively straightforward web interface. Using the web interface is good for beginners or people who aren't familiar with Cisco CLI. However, having a common command line interface method is great for some of our more advanced guys who are familiar with it."

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Cons
"The GUI could be improved. It could be much more adaptable.""The graphical user interface could be much better.""The technical support is a bit difficult to work with if you don't speak Mandarin.""The technical support is technically savvy, but the communication via English is not so easy.""Devices should have the ability to configure more easily.""The interoperability of the devices, in general, on the Huawei switches is not good and is known to be not good. Maybe they can improve this a bit.""The availability and the speed of the firmware updates are the only things wrong with Huawei. There are some vulnerabilities on the hardware.""We would like to see additional backup solutions, since we have several degrees of backup."

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"If they could come up with ways to look at metrics on it while the video is capping through the system, that would be nice. There could be some interesting uses for that, but it's a long way off.""The ‘how-to’ guides could do with some improvements. We got in trouble following the stacking and Dante set-up guides. If these would have been accurate, we would not have lost three days.""One thing I have asked for, something that NETGEAR lacks that I would love to see — and from what I understand it's in the works — is a REST API to programmatically interface with multiple switches. That would be a great feature.""An area for improvement would be creating a wizard that can do a lot of common stuff. Instead of having some manual configuration for common features, they may want to have a single wizard that could be put in place which would let you walk through creating multiple VLANs and different routes between VLANs in a wizard. Then, you wouldn't have to dig in so deep.""The technical support could be more helpful.""Being able to pass AVB traffic over these switches, that would be a huge add. There are not many switches out that support that. The GS728TP NETGEAR switches used to or still do support AVB, but it would be ideal if the 4300 Series could support it as well.""They need to continue moving forward with their consulting in the AV realm to find out what is needed. They are some differences in the M4300 line and the larger M4500 line right now. They could produce a 1 Gigabit variety that could be a bit cheaper that might fit into that, since the majority of the projects that we see are still in that 1 Gigabit bandwidth threshold. Along with that, a great option would be if it would provide the same modular ability on a lower level.""The web interface has been a little sketchy on occasion. Sometimes I have to reload the page to get things to show up properly, but the switch itself seems fine. The web user interface is a little wonky at times."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It is cheaper than Cisco.""It's a reasonable price, cheaper than some other vendors.""Compared to other brands, I think that the price is quite fair.""The switch came as part of a package bundle that includes internet service.""Huawei provides much better performance for the same price, even when taking into account very aggressive commercial policies.""The price of Huawei ethernet switches is cheap.""The price is one of the only issues I have regarding this solution.""The exact pricing varies based on how many units you purchase."

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"Licensing is always a hassle and a pain point.""The pricing is great. The cost of the hardware is low... There are a few solutions that have a lower cost, but NETGEAR is very value-oriented.""The price to performance of the switches is excellent. The price point of these switches is great compared to big brands, like Cisco or Extreme Networks, with approximately the same functionality.""We find the cost of NETGEAR hardware and additional services to be below average compared to the top tier. There are still cheaper products out there, but they lack in functionality.""For its price, it scales well.""From a price perspective, the solution comes in higher than a small business product from their competitors. The solution is a bit higher, but it's a fraction of the cost compared to an enterprise switch. For example, a Cisco Catalyst can run approximately $13,000, where their Small Business Series may run $800 on the Cisco side. With NETGEAR, it falls in around the $1,000 to $2,000 range for most of what we use it for. Essentially, at this price point, you're getting a lot of enterprise grade features (e.g., that you would on a Catalyst) on an M4300.""This is a one-time purchase and there are no licensing fees.""The pricing is very good for 10GbE switches and you get a lot of throughput. It is about 60 percent of the costs of other switches from competitive manufacturers, which is really good."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Huawei Ethernet Switches are very stable.
Top Answer: We don't have an issue with the price. It is cheaper than Cisco. Our licensing fees are every three years.
Top Answer: The configuration is very difficult even for someone who is already familiar with the configuration process.
Top Answer: NetGear switches have a lot to offer. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and are AV-over-IP ready. NetGear switches also have a command line interface and… more »
Top Answer: Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to… more »
Top Answer: The solution is fast, even though you might not necessarily get the speed out of the internet anyway.
Ranking
11th
out of 37 in Ethernet Switches
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Average Words per Review
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Rating
7.5
2nd
out of 37 in Ethernet Switches
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22,739
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6
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1,484
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8.7
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Also Known As
NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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Overview
Huawei SOHO & SMB Switches, an Energy-saving Ethernet access switches with service features that are easy to install and maintain. It has a S1700 Series Enterprise Switches that caters from small- to medium-sized businesses and Internet cafes.

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches, branded as NETGEAR ProSafe Switches, comes in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find the right solution to fit your business requirements.

If you're a small to medium sized company, you'll have three switching options NETGEAR Unmanaged, Plus, and Smart Switch solutions. If you're managing a large enterprise network or a campus network, then NETGEAR Fully Managed Infrastructures is the solution for you. All the NETGEAR Ethernet Switches and solutions are innovative, easy to install and use, reliable, and very cost-effective.

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Sample Customers
Newcastle University, Jingyang District of Deyang City in Sichuan Province, Southwest China, Glasgow Rangers Soccer Team, RMIT, Insurance Industry Association of Zhejiang Province, China, APT Satellite Holdings Limited (APT)
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Top Industries
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Pharma/Biotech Company25%
Government13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Computer Software Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider46%
Computer Software Company13%
Government5%
Cloud Provider4%
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Insurance Company11%
Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
Government11%
Agriculture11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company16%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise19%
Find out what your peers are saying about Huawei Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Huawei Ethernet Switches is ranked 11th in Ethernet Switches with 20 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 2nd in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Huawei Ethernet Switches is rated 7.6, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Huawei Ethernet Switches writes "Good pricing and better performance than the competition". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Switches writes "When passing multicast video across the network, technicians don't have make changes". Huawei Ethernet Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, H3C Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Arista Networks Platform, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Aruba Switches. See our Huawei Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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