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We performed a comparison between Cisco Catalyst Switches and NETGEAR Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two LAN Switching solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"Technical support is very responsive and helpful.""The most valuable feature of this solution is communication.""They are pretty good. They are stable. Cisco has been around in the industry for a long time, so they are reliable, as well.""I have found this solution to be extremely stable.""The solution is good for computation and backup.""As there are many who are knowledgeable of this technology, this translates into extensive support for it.""The pricing is quite good.""I recently discovered the DHCP feature. There is a feature with which you can make the core act as a DHCP server, and it will distribute the IPs for every device. I discovered this feature recently, and it is very nice."

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"I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.""Its setup, usage, and access are most valuable. It is a very easy switch to set up.""We have a wide range of switches for various applications, including a collection specifically designed for ProAV, as well as Multi-gig Switches, which are also quite well-known or unique.""Comes preconfigured and designed specifically for AV.""The company provides a lifetime warranty.""This is a cost-effective solution.""For what I used this switch for, it did well.""There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process."

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Cons
"Cisco Catalyst Switches do not have an open architecture and you have to buy into the Cisco architecture to be able to use them.""Pricing mainly is the only issue.""An area for improvement would be the documentation and training on configuring this product.""The product is expensive.""They should be cheaper.""In a future upgrade, I would like to see integrated wireless in the solution.""Cisco should support all of the features that are included with the suite.""When you compare it with HPE and Aruba, it should be fancier."

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"There are a lot of systems that are moving into different areas. There are a lot of cloud-based things happening. One nice feature that I've seen in other switches is artificial intelligence on the actual porting. They've got AI technology that will tell you when a port is down. They not only tell you when a port is down; they also tell you when a port is running slower. You can do a cable-fault check, or you can do other checks. It would be nice to have this information in NETGEAR. This feature might already be there in a new release of the NETGEAR's firmware, but I haven't seen it.""The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration.""NETGEAR Switches could be more secure. Scalability could also be better. This infrastructure is a bit old, and we need something that will be more secure. Something that will introduce WLAN, and we will need the knowledge to go with that. Some of the switches were used for more than seven years. I think it was just their lifespan that was exhausted. But other than that, there haven't been any issues that required us to complain or get concerned.""The technical support could be more helpful.""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.""This product lacks a CLI interface.""Lacks switches with additional ports that provide room for new protocols of communications.""Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections."

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  • "Cisco products are not that cheap."
  • "Cisco switches are expensive. Their price range is based not only on what the product does but also the name in the industry. They are good at what they do. If you need a better product, there are other lineups available."
  • "I don't see any price issue with Cisco. Whenever you buy a quality product, you always have a mindset of paying the premium amount. For any good product, you pay a premium amount, but that also means you are going to recover that premium over a period of time in terms of performance."
  • "These switches are expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The price is too high for this market."
  • "The pricing of these devices can be better."
  • "It's overpriced and should be cheaper."
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  • "This is a one-time purchase and there are no licensing fees."
  • "For its price, it scales well."
  • "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."
  • "You get what you pay for. From a price comparison, there are cheaper switch makers on the market that are definitely less expensive than NETGEAR. They give you the same functionality, but they don't come with a name. There are solutions like Ubiquiti that are very good. They have the ease of setup, and I find NETGEAR battling a little bit in comparison to Ubiquiti."
  • "I believe that the pricing is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Catalyst, Catalyst
    NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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    Overview
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    NETGEAR Ethernet Switches is an Ethernet solution that offers businesses of all sizes the ability to easily set up secure and highly scalable networks. Small to medium-sized companies have the option to choose from three different switching options. The three options that are most appropriate for businesses of this size are the 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.

    NETGEAR Ethernet Switches have many features that make them a most effective product. Included in these is the ability to virtually stack IP addresses in such a way that users can scale their network up with ease. These IP addresses are grouped together. Once additional data ports are connected, you have only a single switch to manage and you gain both a much higher level availability of data and a greater level of network resilience.

    Benefits of NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

    Some of the benefits of using NETGEAR Ethernet Switches include:

    • The ability to control and track the performance of your network from a single centralized location. NETGEAR Ethernet Switches has a “single pane of glass” interface that enables administrators to track their network’s data in real time, allowing them to manage everything from one place. If a problem is detected, this management interface will alert the appropriate administrator.

    • A wide array of security features allows you to manage user access, filter incoming traffic for potential threats, and monitor your network for unauthorized traffic. The switches have security capabilities built in in an effort to maximize network protection, while at the same time allowing you to minimize the expenditure of resources required to keep you secure.

    Reviews from Real Users

    There are a number of characteristics that make NETGEAR Ethernet Switches extremely effective. Two major ones are its inherent flexibility and its user-friendly nature. 

    PeerSpot user Kevin W., a network delivery architect at a tech-services company, notes that NETGEAR Ethernet Switches gives users the ability to tailor the switches to fit their needs. He writes, "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."

    PeerSpot user Chris W., a system engineer at Diversified, notes just how easy they are to use when he writes, "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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    Sample Customers
    Afni, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Del Papa Distributing, Explorer Pipeline, Mindtree, Omaha World Herald, Radio 538, Sony Corporation, Telecom Italia, Telenor Arena
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    Comms Service Provider12%
    University12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Insurance Company13%
    Agriculture13%
    University13%
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company15%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
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    Small Business74%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Catalyst Switches is ranked 1st in LAN Switching with 108 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 2nd in LAN Switching with 10 reviews. Cisco Catalyst Switches is rated 8.6, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Catalyst Switches writes "Useful reports, highly reliable, and integrates well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Switches writes "Peak performance for uncompressed 4K video streaming at a very affordable price point". Cisco Catalyst Switches is most compared with Arista Networks Platform, HPE ProCurve, Dell PowerConnect Switches, Cisco Nexus and Aruba Instant On Switches, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches and HPE ProCurve. See our Cisco Catalyst Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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