Cisco Ethernet Switches vs NETGEAR Switches comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Apr 4, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Ethernet Switches and NETGEAR Switches based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions say their initial setup is straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their performance, stability, and scalability. Cisco Ethernet Switches users say the product is reliable and secure. Several Cisco Ethernet Switches users say the solution isn’t so user-friendly. NETGEAR Switches users say the solution is easy to use, fast, and performs well. A couple of users mention they would like to see audio video bridging (AVB) support.
  • Pricing: Cisco Ethernet Switches users say the price of the product is high. In contrast, NETGEAR Switches users say that the price of the product is fair.
  • ROI: Some Cisco Ethernet Switches reviewers say they have an ROI, but others say they haven’t yet seen an ROI. NETGEAR Switches reviewers say they see an ROI.
  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions are satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: NETGEAR Switches come out ahead in this comparison. They are easy to set up, flexible, and have excellent customer support. In addition, They are cheaper than Cisco Ethernet Switches.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Featured Review
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The feature I like the most is the ability to reword changes before committing to the change. We can always reword changes in 10 minutes if they don't work.""Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""It's stable and reliable.""The thing that sets Juniper apart from most switches is that when you're in the command line and you make a configuration change, you just write the command and then say "commit confirmed minutes". For example, I'm configuring a switch here in my office, which is five miles away, and I say, "commit confirmed 5". If I can't get back to the interface within five minutes to be able to make sure the switch came up, it rolls back to the previous configuration. This way I do not get locked out, or the switch doesn't get messed up because of the incorrect configuration. That's an automatic feature, which is pretty slick. I haven't seen that feature with other vendors that I've worked with. That's probably my most favorite feature.""The performance is very good.""In terms of performance, Juniper switches have a more user-friendly interface and more features than Cisco products.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure."

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"One main feature of this solution is the POE switches.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is easy to use and it has good technical support.""It is very scalable.""Being able to deal with multiple VLANs to segment the network logically is the biggest feature for us. The management of these switches is okay for us. These switches work very well, and they meet our needs.""What I like the most is the performance and the latency that Cisco provides.""Cisco as a whole is flexible.""The initial setup was for Cisco Ethernet Switches was straightforward.""Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable."

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"Comes preconfigured and designed specifically for AV.""Its setup, usage, and access are most valuable. It is a very easy switch to set up.""I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.""The company provides a lifetime warranty.""Technical support is helpful and quick to respond.""For what I used this switch for, it did well.""There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.""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."

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"The Virtual Chassis Fabric is kind of complicated to troubleshoot sometimes. On the MPLS side, they're good — they're fine for the pseudo-wires and stuff—but they need more work on the LAN. It is difficult to troubleshoot their LAN technologies like Virtual Chassis.""In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.""The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster.""Jupiter Switches' configuration is a little difficult to understand.""Juniper Ethernet Switches' operating systems get corrupted when the power fails. They have to improve this issue. I may have to use a newer version.""The operating system could be better.""We are not very pleased with their performance.""They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it."

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"Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.""The initial setup can be simplified.""The local support resources for Cisco in Bangledesh are very poor and should be increased.""Cisco Ethernet Switches could improve if they removed the command line interface and replaced it with a better GUI. It is too difficult at the moment, we always need to figure out the commands.""Cisco Ethernet Switches is a very expensive solution.""There could be an improvement in the licensing by reducing the price of the different types, such as essential, advantage, and premium.""Cisco could definitely work on delivering improved pricing to its customers.""They can make the licensing model a little easier."

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"There's a lack of chips and, consequently, a lack of deliveries. They're out of stock at their European warehouse.""The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration.""Lacks switches with additional ports that provide room for new protocols of communications.""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.""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.""This product lacks a CLI interface.""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.""Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
  • "Juniper Ethernet Switches could be less expensive. There is not a license needed to use the solution."
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  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
  • "There are different licensing based on the model of the solution."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved."
  • "With all of the features and when you compare with other solutions, the cost is much less."
  • "The cost of this solution is expensive."
  • "It could 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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    Answers from the Community
    Anurag Jain
    Davy MANTE - PeerSpot reviewerDavy MANTE
    Real User

    My last experience with Netgear wasn't good but it was a long time ago. It may be better now. 

    As for me, it would be Cisco because it is easier to find network engineer with knowledge of Cisco products and many supervision or orchestration tools will support them well. 

    Regarding my experience, they are reliable assets but the cost might be sometime a good reason to go for something else.

    reviewer160041 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer160041 (Senior Director Information Technology at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees)

    Depending upon the size and design of the network, it will determine to some extent which brand will be the most cost-effective and reliable solution. 

    I used Netgear equipment in a simple Layer 2/ Layer 3 setup using their Netgear Smart Switches with stacking and 10GB uplinks for around 380 users and around 400 devices, and ran for around 4+ years without a single issue related to network switches, we then move to our site operation where we used H3C switches. H3C has excellent switches. I also used Brocade ethernet switches which have been running for the past 9 years requiring some occasional reboots. 

    I recommend all switches get rebooted every two years. 

    I have used Cisco switches also. They are good but there are better more feature-rich TCO costs over 5 Years Cisco losses out. Honestly, most of the feature sets in switches are not used within business operations. 

    Also, the best is to follow KISS when it comes to networking.   

    Ender Kefoglu - PeerSpot reviewerEnder Kefoglu
    Real User

    For an Enterprise?

    I would definitely go with Cisco.

    Cisco has a wide range of products to accommodate all present and future needs of an enterprise organization. 

    Cisco support is very professional in case something goes wrong. 

    Cisco products are very stable, have lots of features to satisfy every need of an enterprise and in my experience, they don't easily fail. 

    Questions from the Community
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    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
    NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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    Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

    Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.

    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
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company17%
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    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company33%
    Insurance Company11%
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    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business26%
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    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business71%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 55 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 11 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.4, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". 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 Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Huawei Ethernet Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches and Aruba Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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