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Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""The solution is certainly scalable.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable.""This solution is impeccable.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""The solution has a high level of network functionality.""It is easy to configure, and there are three routing switches."

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"The solution is stable and reliable.""What matters most to me is the security of the product, and Cisco does a pretty good job.""Cisco Linksys is scalable. You can use it as an extender, too.""The installation is easy.""Overall, they have a good quality product.""We have found the stability to be excellent.""It's scalable. It is cloud-based controlled. We don't need to buy a dedicated controller. It allows me to control all of my access points everywhere in all my companies.""I have found their security features the most valuable. These security features are supported on most of the other features. Similarly, the protocols and the standards are supported on other features, such as the stacking feature, the availability feature, internet channel, link application, and protocols. There are so many features on these features."

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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.""The company provides a lifetime warranty.""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.""Since it has a web interface, it is easy to set up. You don't have to take three years of training somewhere for a lot of money.""For what I used this switch for, it did well.""There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.""SFP, speed, and 10-Gigabit are the most valuable aspects of this solution. We're an architecture firm and we sometimes deal with large files. Anything we can do to eke out even a fraction of a second less time to get something done over the course of a year adds up. If I can get 10-Gigabit running in my server room, which I am right now, even though we're only gigabit to the desktop, due to the client computers we have, I can get more performance from everybody. I'm ready to start bringing in 10-Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop once I get the hardware to do that."

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"Stability could be better, especially during a reboot. We have had some issues recently with the software getting corrupt on reboot, which causes a lot of downtime.""The initial setup for Juniper switches is complex. Juniper has a new program that solves that problem a little bit, but it is expensive, so I don't use it. It is Juniper Mesh, Juniper Wire, or something like that where you plug in a switch, and it goes out to their cloud, finds a config, and brings it down. So, you can do everything cloud-based, but there is a fee for that. It is expensive, so I've never used it. If we were starting, we would try to do something like that. It is more for a large enterprise for managing hundreds of switches versus what we're doing. They should make its price more cost-effective or include it for new or smaller companies.""The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""Jupiter Switches' configuration is a little difficult to understand.""The difficulty of the installation of Juniper Ethernet Switches depends on the environment it is being implemented in. It is fairly straightforward in terms of being able to source the technical information as we need it. However, this process could improve.""The updates are constantly breaking.""The management platforms for the network need improvement."

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"The price of the solution should be lower and it should have better security and scalability.""It would be nice if they can provide support for local authentication protocol, which is a security feature. It is not supported right now. They already support security features, so adding some local authentication features would be very nice. Currently, they only support external databases for the stuff for the authentication feature. If they could improve the existing feature or add a feature to support local databases, local username, password authentication, I think it would be very amazing.""Its scalability can be better. It is not suitable for enterprises. It is for small and medium businesses. It also needs system improvements. It needs new technology to improve the system.""The problem with installation is not the installation process, but the building. Sometimes our building has a high ceiling, so installation is hard.""Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches are stable but could be better.""The initial setup was complex.""It's an old tool that needs to be more competitive with other solutions that are available on the market such as HP, or Dell.""We are expecting one software that can run across all of Cisco hardware, software, and Cisco Switch router, similar to what Juniper has."

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"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.""Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections.""The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration.""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 web interface has been a little sketchy on occasion. Sometimes I have to reload the page to get things to show up properly, but the switch itself seems fine. The web user interface is a little wonky at times.""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.""The technical support could be more helpful.""This product lacks a CLI interface."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Juniper costs less than the competition. As a comparison, Cisco is 33% more."
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "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."
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  • "The price of Linksys products is pretty reasonable."
  • "The licensing cost is not bad and is actually very competitive within the product category."
  • "Pricing should be more competitive. There are other switches that are cheaper."
  • "Considering the problems that we have, Linksys is overpriced."
  • "It is costly. Because of its pricing, customers are not ready to buy Cisco solutions, and they are going for other brands."
  • "They are cheaper than Cisco Catalyst Switches."
  • "It is cheap."
  • "There can be limited features for the solution based on the pricing of the package you choose. You will need to pay more to get more performance. However, the router can perform even better with certain extra costs. Sometimes the budgets do not fit all these types of upgrades that become expensive."
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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
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.
    Top Answer:Juniper Ethernet Switches are a less expensive solution than Cisco Ethernet Switches. There is only a one-time purchase… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is it is easy to manage.
    Top Answer:Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is a less expensive solution than other vendors.
    Top Answer:When we first installed it, it was very stable, and everything worked fine. After a few years, it begins to become… more »
    Top Answer:NetGear switches have a lot to offer. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t… more »
    Top Answer:I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    Linksys 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.

    Linksys Ethernet Switches bring greater reliability and coverage to your home network.

    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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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Non Tech Company7%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Educational Organization6%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Insurance Company13%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise26%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business76%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise12%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is ranked 9th in Ethernet Switches with 28 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is rated 7.8, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches writes "Useful web interface, scalable, and simple implementation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Switches writes "Enables us to run our backups much more quickly and has a good balance of price, performance, and features". Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is most compared with D-Link Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Aruba Switches, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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