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Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is #9 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is most commonly compared to NETGEAR Switches: Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs NETGEAR Switches. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 56% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 26% of all views.
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What is Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches?
Linksys Ethernet Switches bring greater reliability and coverage to your home network.

Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches was previously known as Linksys Ethernet Switches.

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Senior Information Technology Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Real User
A fast initial setup, easy to configure and good technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "It's very easy to configure URLs."
  • "The solution's framework and some of the techniques need improvement. I've been watching Aruba, and they have a lot of technologies within the access points. For example, it has a virtual controller to connect all Aruba switches."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for configuring Linksys IDs with the lines on Linksys access points. I make a cluster for all access points of Linksys to control them from one master. 

What is most valuable?

It's very easy to configure URLs.

What needs improvement?

The stability of the solution needs improvement. There's a problem with disconnecting the network. I have to restart it and set it correctly again. After a while, it disconnects again and I have to report it once more. The solution's framework and some of the techniques need improvement. I've been watching Aruba, and they have a lot of technologies within the access points. For example, it has a virtual controller to connect all Aruba switches.  Sharing access, sharing Wi-Fi or access IDs would be great.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four years.
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610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've been satisfied with the level of stability of the solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay; it covers a large area. Right now, we have about 100 users connected to it.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support has been okay.

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

We also use Aruba. We use both solutions consecutively.

How was the initial setup?

For those with IT knowledge, the initial setup is easy. Those without IT knowledge will struggle quite a bit. Certain aspects like using an adapter to connect to the laptop and connect the IP and configure it will be difficult to learn. Deployment and proper configuration only take about 10-15 minutes for those that know what they are doing.

What about the implementation team?

I handled the implementation myself.

What other advice do I have?

I'd advise others to carefully read the datasheet of Linksys and all the tools. It's also a good idea to make a thorough analysis of the company so that you'll know what size you will use and which solution to work with.  I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Easy to set up with good stability and uptime

What is our primary use case?

We use the Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches for small purposes, such as setting up our test environment and running our tests. They're getting data from our tests. We are a manufacturing company, so when we manufacture a product, we test it. This is done using small private networks, which is where we use the Linksys switches.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are uptime and stability. 

What needs improvement?

The manageability could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Cisco Linksys 7000 series for about a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is good for these switches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We do not need scalability in the small, unmanaged, private networks that we use for testing. We have approximately 100 users in the company.

How are customer service and technical support?

We do not contact technical support directly. Rather, it is through a vendor or the partner from whom we bought it.

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

We did not use another solution prior to Cisco.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

Our deployment took approximately three hours.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented this solution with our in-house team.

What other advice do I have?

These switches are good and I don't really have any complaints. There are, however, some technical limitations.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches
July 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: July 2022.
610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.
IT Security Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Real User
A stable solution for dynamic routing in our network infrastructure

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Linksys switches in our network and we have just recently installed a new unit for a project that started this year.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the dynamic routing.

We use E-OTD and other protocols for different channels.

What needs improvement?

The installation could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cisco Linksys switches for about ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of these switches is good. We have approximately 7,000 users. We have some end-users, administrators, and managers.

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

Prior to using Cisco Linksys switches, we were using Catalyst switches.

How was the initial setup?

It was a little bit complex to install the infrastructure.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented this solution with the help of integrators.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I recommend. It has good engineering and good design.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MohammadJamzivar - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Consultant at Tetisnet
Consultant
Good pricing and performance, but offers no support in Iran
Pros and Cons
  • "The pricing of the solution is very good. It works well within our network."
  • "If possible, we'd like to see support in our country, but it will be difficult as we are located in Iran."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution because of it's relatively cheaper price (as compared to other options).

What is most valuable?

The pricing of the solution is very good. It works well within our network.

What needs improvement?

There isn't anything negative to point out about the solution. Like all Cisco products, it's very good.

If possible, we'd like to see support in our country, but it will be difficult as we are located in Iran.

The solution doesn't have rich features and only offers a small support for expander products and protocols.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Cisco products for about ten years and Cisco Linksys ethernet switches for about four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is very good. We've never had any issues. There are issues, however, with the Cisco firewall in the network. It may cause crashes, but the Lynksys solution has worked very well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not scalable in a larger organization network; we prefer to use Cisco Catalyst Ethernet Switches for enterprise-level organizations. For smaller organizations, because of the price, Cisco Lynksys is a better choice.

How are customer service and technical support?

We're located in Iran, and therefore don't have access to technical support for this or any other enterprise solution provider.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy.

Deployment times vary and are dependant on design options. However,  when I want to implement a basic installation and configuration, it does not take long. I can set up and run Cisco Ethernet solution in less than 10 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We handle the implementation ourselves.

What other advice do I have?

All of our Cisco products are on-premises deployment models.

I'd recommend the solution for those who are price-conscious and those who are looking for good performance.

I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

A lot of things can be better with these types of devices, however, it depends on Cisco's policies. These types of products could support more features and protocols in the future. Cisco could work to improve these types of products, by enhancing performance and other related items.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
A robust solution for networking that can scale easily
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of Cisco routers is that they are robust."
  • "Having the option for a web-based interface would be an improvement over being forced to use the CLI."

What is our primary use case?

We are a tech services company and this is one of the solutions that we provide to our customers.

The primary use case for Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is for networking in a data center, or campus networking.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Cisco routers is that they are robust. One of our customers has a switch that has been running for more than ten years without any issues.

What needs improvement?

Having the option for a web-based interface would be an improvement over being forced to use the CLI. This is especially true for the high-end switches.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with these switches for quite some time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, I think that they are good. I haven't had any issues with them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The switches are all easy to scale. No problem there.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support before and they are not so bad. The response time is quite good. Overall, I would say that they are average.

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

I have used switches by Cisco, D-Link, and Dell. The D-Link switches are not as robust and sometimes lose their configuration. The Dell switches are similar but cheaper than Cisco.

Overall, Cisco is the best switch.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It's not so difficult.

The length of time for deployment depends on what you are doing and how much configuration is required. If it is plug and play then it won't take long, but if you have to configure the switch and use the CLI then it will take longer.

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

Cisco switches are a little expensive when it comes to the price. We are starting to phase out of the sale of these because of the higher price.

Cisco licenses are renewed every year.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anyone who is considering this type of solution is to first consider the budget. Dell switches are cheaper and they do almost the same thing as Cisco.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Head of IT Operations at a media company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Scales well and has good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Linksys Switches to provide Wi-Fi access to the internet in open areas.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the support.

What needs improvement?

The pricing for this solution needs to be improved.

I would like to see built-in registration features for the users to help with accessing Google and other platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product. We can expand our coverage or add users easily.

Thousands of people use our wireless service every day, including staff and visitors.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support from Cisco is the best.

How was the initial setup?

The switches were installed when I came to the company, so I was not part of the process.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Security Consultant with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Support for segmenting network into zones, but the price needs to be more competitive
Pros and Cons
  • "it's a stable solution. We have not experienced any bugs or issues. Many data centers and enterprise data centers prefer Cisco to any other product because they are very stable."
  • "The drawbacks come from support. The tools are rare, but to find someone knowledgeable with Cisco, is a problem."

What is our primary use case?

We don't do the deployment in our environment, we are consulting.

Our clients use this solution for the logical segmentation of the network to the access layer, and remote log switches. 

They can also deploy the switches.

What is most valuable?

I like the ability to do the segmentation on the access layer. It allows you to segment the network into a zone or workgroups. By defining the VLAN you can logically separate the traffic. It helps minimize the risk with lateral movement and reduces the attack of Malware within your network.

What needs improvement?

I think that most everyone prefers a GUI rather than working through the command line. They have a GUI but it's not that interesting when you compare it to other vendors such as Check Point.

They should reduce the price to stay competitive. While the Cisco product is good, the pricing is not competitive. People will end up going with other cheaper solutions such as Arista.

The drawbacks come from support. The tools are rare, but to find someone knowledgeable with Cisco, is a problem.

There are issues with the C-Level required to maintain them and then to configure them.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Ethernet Switches and doing technical work since 2010. Now I am doing architectural design work.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We have not experienced any bugs or issues.

Many data centers and enterprise data centers prefer Cisco to any other product because they are very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable, it's easy to expand this platform.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support. I haven't done any configurations since 2010, and at that time I felt that it was difficult to find someone who was knowledgeable in Cisco.

How was the initial setup?

I have not deployed this before, but from my research and my experience with Linksys, I think that it would be easy and straightforward.

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

I think that pricing should be more competitive.

What other advice do I have?

If you want to be a Cisco master you need to have a good understanding of the command line and how to use it, which is difficult for some administrators. Many people would prefer solutions that you can configure through a GUI.

It is easier to configure an SPC as opposed to a Cisco switch.

People are finding alternative solutions because of the price. The same happened with Firewall landscapes, people are moving away from checkpoint and Cisco and going with Juniper or FortiGate, because of the pricing and licensing model.

I would suggest that people continuously upskill themselves to remain relevant in the industry.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
AmirBoroufar - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Data Center Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A flexible solution that is suitable in many different networking environments
Pros and Cons
  • "The most important feature related to this solution is that most of the time, it covers all of what we need for our projects."
  • "In the future, I would like to see more focus on software-defined networking solutions."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to build networks that interconnect different branches and buildings in different layers. We can also connect to a cloud environment.

The model of switch that is used depends on the application. I prefer to use the 4500 series for the distribution layer, but for the access layer, the 2950 series is better.

What is most valuable?

The most important feature related to this solution is that most of the time, it covers all of what we need for our projects. It is suitable as a complete solution.

The generalization is useful.

This is a flexible solution that integrates well with other platforms and products.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like to see more focus on software-defined networking solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Usually, this solution is stable. Even when there are bugs or errors, Cisco pays attention to cover them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution.

We have about ten users in our current department. They are network engineers.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am not personally in charge of speaking with technical support, but we are quite satisfied with them.

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

For a short time, I worked with both Huawei and MikroTik switches, but I was not satisfied with them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is easy, although it depends on your knowledge and experience. Usually, it is easy. An average deployment might take six hours.

What about the implementation team?

We have our own network team for implementing this solution.

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

The price of this solution is high, but it depends on the number of units that you want to order. 

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is a market leader in this product.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
It is extremely stable and the setup is fast and straightforward
Pros and Cons
  • "The stability of the program is excellent."
  • "In the next release I would really love to see a list option."

What is most valuable?

Cisco has many advanced features. These days they come in as advanced slavers from a feature perspective and we always try to lead with advanced features. Back in the day, it used to be LAN-based and IP-based. Now we need to focus on the new technologies that are out there. We will always try to lead with advance.

What needs improvement?

The only thing that needs to improve, the only stumbling block, especially in our region, is the cost of the solution. But from a hardware and software perspective, the feedback we get is essentially positive. Our users are very impressed with the product. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working on Cisco for more than 15 years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the program is excellent. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The program is very scalable and I do recommend it to others.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. I'm switching lead these days. Cisco has become so big and acquiring companies incidentally had some issues regarding malarkey. From a Cisco perspective, the support is absolutely great, but as I mentioned, some of the third party integrations that Cisco underwent, do not understand it yet.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is very straightforward and the deployment doesn't take longer than an hour.

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

If you look at the product portfolio from Cisco, it's quite expensive. So you need to be up to date with the most specific model. You need to tailor every opportunity and look at what's best for the customer.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is absolutely the very best in its class. It's a no-nonsense type of solution. It's really a matter of taking it out of the box, setting it up and be up and running in no time. And you know you can walk away with confidence, knowing that the solution will work. There will be no hiccups, bugs, bug fixes, nothing. It's a simple solution that works every time.

On a scale from one to 10, I would rate it a 10. I really love this solution. In the next release, I would really love to see a list option. Cisco currently has various feature seats that the customer can choose from. I would really like to see the use of that. And I would like to see that included in the standard features. So once the customer buys the hardware, they get all the features and everything's enabled. So that's what I would recommend from my side and what'd I'd really love to see.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Managing Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Affordable for small business, stable, and runs without Interruptions
Pros and Cons
  • "This solution is stable it runs without any interruptions."
  • "Scalability-wise, this solution is not designed for small businesses."

What is our primary use case?

We have used this solution mostly for small businesses. 

The primary use case of this solution is for connecting computers to a network.

What is most valuable?

Our clients have not provided any feedback. What they are interested in is that it is working and runs their network with no interruptions. This is why we purchase these switches for our customers.

It is not as good as the original switches Cisco previously had but it is better than other solutions.

What needs improvement?

Some of these switches are still using a GUI interface, but I would prefer using the command line interface like the original system. 

Lynksys are only switches using the GUI interface.

Scalability-wise, this solution is not designed for small businesses.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and it runs without any interruptions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable, but it depends on the business and the market. Some devices are oriented for the SMB market and not scalable.

There are other devices installed in companies where scalability is possible but it is not something that happens often. 

We use the old Cisco devices for clients who have more users and want to expand because they have more scalability features.

Our clients have between five and twenty users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not used and technical support services. I have not needed to.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

I know the technology and how it works so it was very easy to setup. Even the online setup is easy and straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the implementation for our customers. I am the system engineer and provide this service for all of my clients.

Most of the clients don't understand what is going on with the devices. They would need help if they were to do implement it on their own.

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

It's an affordable price for small companies using on-premises networks where cloud services are too expensive for them.

What other advice do I have?

Linksys is still on the market, but it's more Cisco now. It all depends on the customer's needs and budget.

The problem is the Java installation because most of them rely on Java, and that is the problem with all devices.

If you want a new modern dashboard or management utility, you have to replace the devices.

It's not easy to improve all of the functionalities, and there are new devices on the market.

It cannot be changed and we understand that.

Some devices have more features than what the customer needs or can use.

The computers are more powerful than the capabilities of the ordinary user.

They have already improved. I recently installed a Cisco device, the Cisco FirePower, and it's completely different they are not reliant on Java as they were before.

New devices have a new approach in the next generation in the firewall devices. It is changing.

It's not perfect but I am satisfied.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Jay Stoeber - PeerSpot reviewer
Techvangelist & CEO at IT Guru Solutions, Inc.
Real User
Product failed in our industrialized environment. We did like the web GUI and SNMP.
Pros and Cons
  • "Manageable features, which we heavily used like web GUI and SNMP."
  • "Make them tougher and more ruggedized for warmer and Industrial types of environments, and HumiSeal the main boards and internal components."

What is our primary use case?

Manufacturing, server room, and office areas of former employer. Switches were great, except in the factory area, because the product is warmer. This was a machine shop with a lot of water-based coolant vapor in the air. This coalesced on cables, etc., and it made things sticky way up toward the ceiling where the switches and Cat 5 cables ran. I suspect that the coolant got into the switch and killed it. We replaced, then did it again.

How has it helped my organization?

They did not because in the factory area they kept failing, otherwise they were fine. That was not good enough after three Cisco and three Netgears all failed.

What is most valuable?

Manageable features, which we heavily used like web GUI and SNMP, except they failed in our environment. Unfortunately, this made them a wash for us. ProCurve switches were what replaced them eventually.

What needs improvement?

Make them tougher and more ruggedized for warmer and Industrial types of environments, and HumiSeal the main boards and internal components.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Eventually, we gave up using this product. We switched to Netgear ProSafe switches in the factory. We received the same result. What was weird was the web GUIs of both models failed as did SNMP and other features. Only basic plug and play features of switching seemed to work, but you could not ping the switches (managed models were all we used) and all of the management was dead.

What is interesting with Netgear: They allowed me to open our switch after three of theirs failed in the same way. I went through six switches in less than two years in this factory environment. Netgear allowed me to spray HumiSeal into their switch. I disassembled it, sealed the ports off, sprayed and dried the entire main board, then reassembled it. It still failed in the same fashion months later.

Eventually, we replaced it entirely with HPE ProCurve switches. They have never failed and still run to this day. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user1020 - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Data Center at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Vendor
The Cisco SFE2000 24-port 10/100 Ethernet Switch offers exceptional performance at a very low price point. Limited warranty might be a concern for some but at the price point that it is at, its hard to find a better solution.

Valuable Features:

What I find truly remarkable about Linksys Ethernet switches is that it offers great value at an unbeatable price point. We have been using Linksys ethernet switches for the past four years and it just gets the job done at a very low price.With Cisco acquiring Linksys and repackaging it as Cisco Small Business, that just attests to how good this product line is and the value that it brings to your business. This also validated our decision to go for Linksys switches for our mainstream work group switches before we decided to go for Cisco Catalyst. We are still using the old Linksys-branded SLM224G4 as well as the Cisco-branded SFE2000 24-port ethernet switches. Aesthetically, the old Linksys switches look better than the new ones.

Room for Improvement:

It's hard to write something negative about a product that just works at a low price point. However, the only thing that probably set us aback with the Linksys switches is that there were some in the same purchase batch that did not last long. Sad to say, the shops that we purchased it from only gave us one year warranty and we had to replace it by buying a new one. If there one thing I find negative about this product, it's got to be the warranty. I say this as we also have HP ProCurve switches and it has lifetime warranty albeit at double the price of Linksys switches.

Other Advice:

Overall, I would highly recommend this product. At the price point that it is at, if offers excellent value and performance for your business. What's more compelling is that it is not backed by Cisco.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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