NETGEAR Switches Reviews

NETGEAR Switches is the #1 ranked solution of our top LAN Switching tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Cisco Ethernet Switches - NETGEAR Switches vs Cisco Ethernet Switches

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Josh Duguid
Consultant
Systems Consultant at DBI Systems
Jun 23 2019

What is most valuable?

We did a deployment where we were running about a 10Gb video endpoint sources, so we were utilizing a much larger amount of backplane bandwidth than we were used to using… more »

How has it helped my organization?

If our company was going to buy a new office and deploy a bunch of stuff, it would be one of these switches that I would purchase, especially because you're able to stack… more »

What needs improvement?

Since this is my first time working with this specific switch interface, the interface was pretty intuitive. The only area I found a little bit confusing was how they… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It was an initial, single purchase for us. For the three switches, because I had the 96X and the two 48 port single gigabyte ones, then all the cards, etc. The total price… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The performance, expandability, and price point comparison, along with the redesigned part of the spec, made a convincing case to switch to the 96X. There was also AP over… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give: Work with somebody, if possible to think about your backbone needs. Think about the network deployment and the design, because the last thing that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Depending on the size and scope of the project, we might use a different switch. For our smaller, simpler projects, we are typically using Luxul because they are very… more »
Jaret Carlson
Reseller
Owner at Alpha Tech
May 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The remote management has been awesome. With the old-school style of switches, you actually had to be on the LAN, plug into it - you could get in remotely but you had to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has saved a lot of time. I haven't tried exporting out the configuration and then importing it into another one, so traditional switches might give you a little bit… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see a little bit of slowdown on the firmware updates. They've been doing a lot of them. I don't know if that's just because it's such a new product line, but… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For the price, they're good. If you look at Ubiquity switches (which have cloud features too) or even the regular NETGEAR GS switches, these are still price-competitive… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using NETGEAR switches and SonicWall routers and access points before, but the price point on those was getting so crazy compared to like what Ubiquity was… more »

What other advice do I have?

From an IT vendor's perspective, make sure to get the right licensing. Make sure to get the licensing that allows you to do the tenants and have it all separated… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NETGEARs have been my go-to switches ever since 3Com went away. I've tried other ones too, like TP-Link, a bunch of Intel switches. I tried the HPE switches for a little… more »
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Kiersten Saltwick
Real User
VP, Accounting and HR at Parrish Consulting
Dec 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Their online portal is one of the most useful features. The portal is very user-friendly, so even someone with not a lot of tech experience can go in and see what's going… more »

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of use and deployment, it's really easy because we have the customer set up already, so the configuration gets downloaded right away. Once you have your first… more »

What needs improvement?

Their old firmware was a problem for us and we're still working on it. It didn't apply correctly so it took about half of our switches offline, which meant we couldn't use… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NETGEAR pricing is the best on the market by far. I was shocked when I saw what their price came out as for their subscription. It's extremely reasonable. The great thing… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've almost always used NETGEAR, we just never used their Insight product until they came out with it. We have used other switches, of course, depending on customer's… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you're in a small to medium-sized business, if you're a business owner, or if you're an IT company providing services to small and medium-sized businesses, this is a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have considered Meraki. We've not used Ubiquiti that frequently.
Ryan Baskharoon
Real User
Operations Manager at DLL Technologies
Dec 20 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature to me is the modular side of things, being able to replace a module and a transceiver at our beck and call. If something goes down, or a piece of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

At this particular facility, what they had was a Cisco router coming in, and then a gigabit switch. That switch went out to these 10 x 100 fiber optic switches, which were… more »

What needs improvement?

Right now I'm working with their technical support. When the power does go out, or if we do a soft shutdown, some of the transceivers or the monitor don't recognize when… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When it comes to price-to-performance of the solution, overall, it's outstanding. That's one of the reasons I designed the network this way and chose this particular… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We took over this job and the solution that was there was probably the worst design I've ever seen. It was pretty much bottlenecked at the network and bottlenecked at each… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you're building out a network, utilize the skillsets of a consulting company that knows what they're doing, that understands what your problems are so that they find… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at a lot of the competitors out there including NETGEAR vs Cisco Ethernet Switches and Barracuda; you name it. I looked at all the different switches. NETGEAR was… more »
Real User
UC Deployment Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 04 2020

What is most valuable?

I find the flexibility they offer to be the most valuable feature along with the wide range of features that they have for its price. Out-of-the-box, it works for our main use case. When passing… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We work with a large variety of project sizes. This solution has come in to help our company in the mid-project size range, where you have a customer who needs two or three switches but doesn't have… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would give the solution an eight point five (out of 10) for price to performance. The performance is really good. It fills in a hole that other vendors have had for a while. What you can do with… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's a good switch. The only recommendation that I would have is to put in a wizard for some of the more advanced features. Outside of that, I'm very happy with the product. It does fit in a hole… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It fits into the Pro AV space better than a lot of other competitors. The benefit to that is their ordering structure is super easy compared to their competitors. You have one or two SKUs and don't… more »
Kevin Westcott
Reseller
Network Delivery Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 25 2020

What is most valuable?

NETGEAR solutions are very easy to use. The command line language and structure are very similar to what Cisco has. They have a fairly intuitive GUI for their system. Also, their command line… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to standardize on a few of the major vendors. This has increased our efficiencies. We have been able to provide configurations on switches that we recommend. It's an easier… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

At its price point, nobody else can compare to what NETGEAR is doing at that 10 Gigabit bandwidth level. We are not seeing a lot of 10 Gigabit need right now in the marketplace. Though, we have done a… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would tell anybody looking for switching solutions for their AV platforms to take a strong look at the NETGEAR M4300 platform, specifically their modular unit. It allows so much customability in the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm certified at the professional level in Cisco. I have also used Cisco series switches, Extreme switches, and Aruba/HPE switches. I am familiar with all four different manufacturers of switches… more »
Jess Holderbaum
Reseller
Senior System Administrator at a agriculture with self employed
Dec 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Network monitoring * Ease of programming for VLANs, etc. Also, I especially like NETGEAR because it's easy to teach system administrators how to use them, how to look at… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We're an MSP. Let's say we do an entire network retrofit with a customer. We're talking about increasing bandwidth backbones ten to 20-fold, from one gigabit to 20… more »

What needs improvement?

There's very little that I see as having large room for improvement, as far as the switches we're using go, for the most part. What I'd like to see is more compatibility… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a great price-to-performance solution. I think it's singularly the best price-per-performance we can find, if not just straight performance to begin with. We like the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previous solutions were all over the place. I've always liked NETGEAR, I've always liked their price point. I've used them pretty much everywhere that I can, at least on… more »

What other advice do I have?

Strongly consider using NETGEAR in replacement of some of the other larger switch manufacturers. Recognize that the manageability is there at a lower level so you can… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've looked at Cisco's Merakis vs NETGEAR and HPEs vs NETGEAR and done price comparisons versus manageability, but the NETGEARs, far and away, were better. Merakis are… more »
James McCabe
Reseller
President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The cloud management is the reason I switched to them, although the regular NETGEAR product line that I've used would be less expensive. I love the cloud management… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The improvement is that, if there's an issue, I don't have to go onsite to look into it. It saves time, which translates to money. If I'm on the road for any significant… more »

What needs improvement?

I've used and sold NETGEAR stuff for a long time and I was really excited about the cloud product. But, there are some design issues on which they really missed the boat… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NETGEAR is not competitive when it comes to cloud management because Ubiquity is free. Peplink is free but you have to keep the device under warranty. After its initial… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was using NETGEAR's switches prior. The Insight is the newer product line. Their sales department contacted me when I first expressed interest in the product and they… more »

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice to someone who is looking into implementing this solution, I would have to know more about what their application was and what they were doing. It is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Ubiquity is the one that's doing the free cloud management. I had been using some of their access points toward the concept of trying to get into unified management rather… more »
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What is NETGEAR Switches?

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.

Also known as
NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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