NETGEAR Switches Alternatives and Competitors

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Phillip Peerman
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 25, 2020
Simplifies the management process and allows the granular control of devices

What is our primary use case?

These switches are best used in mid-size businesses for access and collapsed distribution/core switching. They offer both layer 2 and layer 3 models and have a well-rounded switch feature set for a switch line. Overall, we have found them to meet just about every need we want in a switch. We have them as 10-GB solutions for high-speed SAN connectivity all the way down to 8 port solutions in some high-end homes. They offer ACLs, LACP, port security, access policies, and DHCP security, to name a few options. The methods that Meraki has chosen to implement some of these features via the cloud is… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to your dashboard and then you can start setting up your switch so when it arrives it will download its configuration and be all setup."
  • "Meraki MS switches are great for pretty much all SMB networks and most enterprise networks. However, there are some higher-end functions that larger enterprise networks with full access, distribution, and core switch stack may find limiting."

What other advice do I have?

Meraki offers some free equipment if you participate in their webinars. You can get a free security appliance, switch, and AP after watching three webinars and try them out for yourself. The free equipment comes with a 3-year license. Obviously, it will be their lowest end equipment but it still gives you the Meraki dashboard experience.
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.
Rodney Teopengco
Chief Solutions Architect at Tech2go Strategic IT Solutions
Real User
Sep 18, 2020
A cheaper solution that delivers the same performance and capabilities as the top brands

What is our primary use case?

We manage wide area networks for our clients nationwide. We run a data center and provide internet services. We use MikroTik for our network operation centers. We also manage WiFi for hospitalities and a lot of multi-dwelling units. We have experience in deploying MikroTik, NETGEAR, and HP products.

Pros and Cons

  • "They are very good at providing the bandwidth for multi-tenants and multi-dwelling units. We're managing WiFi hotspots for hundreds of locations, and the speed and performance are quite there. They also have very cheap 10G products that come with really good and flexible software. They are way cheaper than the top brands, and they're able to deliver the same performance and capabilities."
  • "They lack the extended warranty for the equipment. They only provide a warranty for one year as compared to the other vendors who offer a warranty for three years, five years, and lifetime, etc."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten for the reliability and the performance that you get out of it. I wouldn't rate it a ten because of the warranty limitation. There is also a learning curve to be able to successfully manage it, but once you do that, it's going to work wonders. It's also not that expensive.
Magnus Sjolander
Manager at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 26, 2020
Reasonably-priced, reliable, and relatively maintenance-free

Pros and Cons

  • "It's been working fine, it's been stable, and there are no interruptions."
  • "I had some initial problems with the configuration that necessitated contacting technical support."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is looking into implementing this product is to go ahead and buy it. This is a good switch; the functionality is there and the design is nice too. I think that it's a good buy. So far, this product has had what we've needed. Even though I'm an engineer, I have not done a deep dive into this switch. As such, I haven't paid so much attention to it or the initial setup, so I'm not sure that if I am missing anything or not. Other than the configuration problems, I haven't had any issues. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Antonio EugenioBurriel
CIO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 22, 2019
Low latency and easy to install, but a more modern interface is needed

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for our office network in an on-premises deployment. It handles only our office traffic, and our main computers are on the cloud.

Pros and Cons

  • "The HPE Ethernet switches have very low latency."
  • "It would be helpful to have training available for this solution."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product and also a support contract. I don't think that I would pay this price without getting the support. We are happy with this solution but it is really an old model. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.
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