Cisco Ethernet Switches vs D-Link Ethernet Switches comparison

 

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Executive SummaryUpdated on Aug 4, 2022
 

Categories and Ranking

Cisco Ethernet Switches
Ranking in Ethernet Switches
1st
Average Rating
8.6
Number of Reviews
129
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
D-Link Ethernet Switches
Ranking in Ethernet Switches
13th
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
24
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Ethernet Switches category, the mindshare of Cisco Ethernet Switches is 21.6%, up from 20.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of D-Link Ethernet Switches is 7.2%, up from 4.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Ethernet Switches
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Q&A Highlights

MW
May 02, 2021
 

Featured Reviews

PP
Nov 13, 2023
Has impressive reliability, I have not experienced a failure
The CLI is very valuable as it allows network professionals to work fast and customize the configuration however they need. Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise features like Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance features advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning. Cisco AI Network Analytics, a capability within Cisco DNA Assurance, allows easy management of all devices and services, prioritizes and resolves network issues, and ensures a better user experience across the network. Also, appreciate the industrial line of switches for SCADA or other environments where switches are placed in unconditioned space and the temperatures fluctuate a lot during the seasons.
NadirShahzad - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 7, 2022
Easy to set up, stable, and offers reasonable pricing
As service providers, we are able to provide support to our clients. The local support needs to be better. If we have expert engineers in the local market, it would be helpful. For example, while I cannot disclose any sales details when Cisco gave us our switch, there was a little bit of end customer to support from them at that particular time. During that particular time, if the customer sees any problem, Cisco would mitigate that problem. I don't know if D-Link has the same SLA type or not. Right now, it seems that the support just isn't as good as Cisco and what they offer upfront. I haven't required any technical support from D-Link as it's easy to manage as a technical person. It wouldn't be easy for a typical end-user, however, we can provide support.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"DNA Center is very interesting in automating the setup and monitoring as with each occurrence it gets easier to troubleshoot and provides an impression about what could be the problem."
"You can tap into all of the features for your virtual workload environment."
"In terms of most valuable feature, I would say the user interface."
"Cisco as a whole is flexible."
"The most valuable feature is the complete functionality, but the most important thing is support."
"Cisco Ethernet Switches is stable and robust."
"The solution is a high-end router that can handle a huge network with tons of traffic."
"The solution is easy to use."
"It is very stable and reliable."
"D-Link has a good VPN feature and quality of service."
"It's plug-and-play. There is no configuration necessary."
"The initial setup is straightforward."
"It is a stable solution."
"The solution is easy to use."
"We use the solution for the network and ethernet connection."
"The tool's fault frequency is very less."
 

Cons

"The user interface, the UI, could be better."
"The technical support could improve, they are about average quality."
"I haven't heard from my engineers that they said it's excellent."
"There are some GUI configuration improvements that they can implement in the future for the product models."
"It would be good for Cisco to provide certification to our engineers for our IT infrastructure. Basically to train and certify our engineers."
"I don't like the fact that the product is very expensive."
"The price could be better."
"Previously, advanced features were included in the basic package, but now they are provided as add-ons that need to be purchased separately."
"I would like an option to create different networks within the switch."
"There is room for improvement in terms of stability."
"I'd like to see a central management system included as part of their license, not as a separate purchase. Currently, we have to manage switches independently. A central portal for managing all switches and providing visibility would be great."
"The availability could be improved."
"The D-Link Ethernet Switches have to be replaced because they are difficult to manage and security is poor. They should add centralized manageability to make the solution better, it will allow administrators to better know what is happening on the network."
"They need to enhance stability."
"We have issues with the stability."
"Its security features need improvement."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"While Cisco's pricing can be a concern, particularly with support fees, its overall features and support community make it a solid choice."
"The solution is highly expensive compared to other solutions. The prices get tripled when they arrived in my country of Angola."
"Cisco Ethernet Switches are more expensive than Huawei Ethernet Switches."
"Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
"Cisco Ethernet Switches are more expensive than Huawei Ethernet Switches."
"Its price is a bit higher than other brands. Indian customers are price-conscious. They should improve its price."
"It is very expensive."
"There is a license required for this solution and the price could be better."
"This product is very affordable, especially compared to Cisco."
"The price of D-Link Ethernet Switches is in the 4,000 to 5,000 rupees or 65 to 100 USD range. The price of the solution is not expensive."
"There is not a license required for this solution and it is priced well."
"The D-Link Switches are cheaper than Cisco."
"The solution is budget-friendly"
"They were cheap. We were not paying for any license."
"These units vary in price from $200 to one thousand dollars. They're available for a one-time purchase."
"The solution's pricing is reasonable."
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Comparison Review

it_user82779 - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 29, 2014
Benefits of Juniper vs Cisco
Both are decent products. I prefer Juniper for the following reasons: 1) Cleaner separation of data plane from control plane. Higher end Cisco devices are better at this but most of the lower end products still seem to be more integrated than I like. 2) The Hierarchical config design means I can…
 

Answers from the Community

MW
May 2, 2021
May 2, 2021
Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the other hand, which model of the Dlink brand do you want to use?1) is equivalent in functions?2) are all the functions of the Cisco equipment used?3) Do you already have the IT expert to install and con...
2 out of 5 answers
EB
Apr 28, 2021
Hi @Manish Nalawade , @Phillip Peerman ​and @Devanand PR. Could you assist @Mesfin Workneh?
Luis Apodaca - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 28, 2021
Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the other hand, which model of the Dlink brand do you want to use?1) is equivalent in functions?2) are all the functions of the Cisco equipment used?3) Do you already have the IT expert to install and configure it?4) Will the new equipment suggested in Dlink use all the functions you need?Most of the time, the consideration of changing the equipment is because its useful life has come to an end, the technology is no longer the best available, or it broke down due to some overload, in these cases the first criterion to decide is always the cost economic, but the ideal is to see the big picture and look at the overall cost-benefitIt does not matter that the Dlink equipment is more economical, in these times many brands have economic equipment and that rival in capabilities with the leading brands you can have confidence in itAs a result of this, the same Cisco brand already has a line (Catalyst 1000) that presents the same cost benefit as the equipment of the others with lower price rangesfinally my personal recommendation is any brand of the followinga) Ubiquiti Edge or ubiquiti Unifib) Cisco Catalyst 1000c) TPLink Omadad) Aruba instant onGood luck.
 

Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
15%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Financial Services Firm
7%
Computer Software Company
15%
Comms Service Provider
8%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Healthcare Company
7%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

Would you recommend replacing a Cisco Catalyst Switch by a D-link one?
Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the ...
Which would you choose - Fortinet Fortiswitch secure access or Cisco Ethernet Switches?
We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance...
In terms of ethernet switches, would you go with Cisco or Juniper?
Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known...
What do you like most about D-Link Ethernet Switches?
D-Link has a good VPN feature and quality of service.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for D-Link Ethernet Switches?
The product is cheaper than Cisco. I rate the solution’s pricing a six out of ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive.
 

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Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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Sample Customers

Linz AG
George Mason University, Somerville House, Hiperwall, New Brunswick School District 16, The Fulcrum Group, Bremond Independent School District, University of Texas Health Science Center, Grand Canyon Skywalk, SUN Area Career & Technology Center, Abington Senior High School
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