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Executive Summary
Updated on March 29, 2022

We performed a comparison between Netgear Switches and Ubiquiti Unifi 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 Netgear Switches unanimously agree that the initial setup is straightforward and easy. The majority of Ubiquiti Unifi Switches users mentioned that deployment was easy. However, some reviewers said it was fairly complex.
  • Features: Reviewers say that both Netgear Switches and Ubiquiti Unifi Switches offer good stability, ease of use, solid performance, and scalability. Valuable features of Netgear Switches include flexibility, fast speed, good web interface, high-bandwidth AV over IP functionality, expandability, stacking, support for SDVoE, 10GbE port speed, 96X version modular switch, IGMP Plus, SFP, and easy integration with other Netgear products. Some users say a REST API to programmatically interface with multiple switches would be a nice feature to have, while others say it would be good to have audio video bridging (AVB). Reviewers also feel that their how-to guides could be better and their cloud services could use some improvement.

    Valuable features of Ubiquiti Unifi Switches include a fantastic GUI, VPN, high access speeds, remote access user, side-to-side connection. Some improvements users would like to see include better reporting, more security features, better network visibility, easier VPN technology, and more documentation for command lines.
  • Pricing: Users of both Netgear Switches and Ubiquiti Unifi Switches say pricing is affordable and fair.
  • Service and Support: Users of Netgear Switches mention that service and support are excellent. In contrast, reviewers of Ubiquiti Unifi Switches feel disappointed with the service they receive, claiming it's hard to get help from technical support and they are only responsive via email.
  • ROI: Users of Netgear Switches mention they have definitely seen an ROI, while users of Ubiquiti Unifi Switches did not have anything to report in this category.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Netgear Switches received better ratings from users. With an easy deployment, a great collection of features, an affordable price point, and excellent technical support, it is clear why users prefer Netgear over Ubiquiti switches.

To learn more, read our detailed NETGEAR Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report (Updated: May 2022).
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NETGEAR Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches
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Pros
"Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""It is easy to configure, and there are three routing switches.""The solution is stable and scalable.""The security is good.""The solution is certainly scalable.""Both Juniper and Cisco switches are interoperable.""Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration."

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"I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.""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.""There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.""For what I used this switch for, it did well.""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."

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"Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are stable and support Layer 3. They come with a user-friendly interface. If you're not familiar with the command-line interface or you wouldn't like to configure it by using the command line, they have a user-friendly interface that you can use. They also have good documentation about how to use these switches.""The two most valuable features are the remote access user and the side-to-side connection.""I haven't found the cost of the solution to be too high.""Overall the solution functions very well.""Ubiquiti is one step above the consumer level. They cost a little bit more, but they just seem to be drop-dead reliable, and they're keeping up with the latest standards.""The value here with using the Ubiquiti products across the board is that they're almost all single-pane management and the single-pane management is included. It's a huge benefit.""Good price point and very simple to use.""It's been working fine, it's been stable, and there are no interruptions."

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Cons
"They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it.""The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""I have found the scalability could be improved in the version I was using.""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 security features for the product should be more unified for the product regardless of the product model.""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.""Has a steep learning curve."

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"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 technical support could be more helpful.""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.""Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections.""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.""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."

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"This brand is not very popular in China.""Most configuration can be done on the GUI but sometimes you have to go under the hood and tweak on the CLI.""Ubiquiti tends to end-of-life things faster than other companies do. Cisco tends to be in the 8-, 10-, 12-year time frame, and Ubiquiti tends to be in the 4- or 5-year time frame.""The stability and installation could be improved.""I had some initial problems with the configuration that necessitated contacting technical support.""The management of this product needs to be improved.""There is currently an issue with supply of switches which needs to be sorted out.""They can improve the visibility of networks to match Meraki switches, which have good visibility tools to go through the network. In a Meraki device, you get a clear picture when using the bug interface. You can also see its neighbors and have a clear picture of all connected devices. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches do not have such features that Meraki switches provide."

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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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  • "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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  • "The price is very low and a good approach for a smaller company, with 10 to 15 people."
  • "The price of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is really good. We have deployed a few Ubiquiti UniFi Switches in New Zealand, and they are a value for money. They are cheaper and stable, but if you have the budget, I would recommend Meraki switches."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The price of this product is cheap."
  • "The price of the solution is fair compared to others. However, it is expensive."
  • "The price is good, and it doesn't require additional licenses."
  • "It's around $179 a device."
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    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
    UniFi Switches
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    Overview

    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.

    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."

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are managed Gigabit switches (Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports) designed to meet all your network needs while delivering excellent performance. The switches’ excellent network performance is combined with fiber connectivity that includes two SFP ports and the ability to process traffic without putting packet loss at risk.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Are:

    • Easy to deploy
    • Simple to use
    • Affordable
    • Reliable and stable

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Output Modes:

    • PoE: Uses IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver up to 15.4W.
    • PoE+: Uses IEEE 802.3at standard to deliver up to 30W.
    • PoE++: Uses IEEE 802.3bt standard to deliver up to 60W.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Input Modes:

    • US-8 (PoE, PoE+)
    • USW-Flex (PoE, PoE+, PoE++)
    • USW-Flex Mini (PoE, PoE+)

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Reliable hardware
    • Alarm alerting system
    • Dual-band
    • PoE+ flexibility
    • Fiber connectivity
    • User-friendly GUI
    • Mesh networking
    • Secure management
    • High speed
    • Excellent dashboards
    • Reporting and detailed analytics
    • Multi-site management
    • Deep packet inspection

    Benefits of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches:

    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are silent because they are designed without a fan.
    • They help simplify your network infrastructure and cabling.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches offer 24 to 48 port switch versions to work with.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches provide redundant power if the internal power supply fails.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches include the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are rated as affordable when compared with competitors.
    • Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports
    • Configuration with Ubiquiti UniFi is easy; It's simple to configure or reconfigure an AP or gateway quickly.
    • By having a mobile app, Unifi makes it easy to check on sites and to configure APs individually if necessary.
    • With Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, you can operate your IP cameras and phones through a single network cable.


    Reviews from Real Users

    A PeerSpot user who is a Director of Technical Operations/CTO at a consultancy says "The ability to deploy quickly and then having one central location for all the settings are its most valuable aspects."

    "The integration with the controller is one of the most valuable features of these switches. They are also very stable. For example, we have some equipment that we haven't touched for four years that is still reliable," says Doru I., Senior solutions architect at Aplix Technologies

    Murali S., Management Consultant at a consultancy, explains that “For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily."

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    Buyer's Guide
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    NETGEAR Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is ranked 6th in Ethernet Switches with 14 reviews. NETGEAR Switches is rated 8.2, while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is rated 7.8. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches writes "Deploys quickly, offers good stability, and has great feature sets". NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is most compared with MikroTik Routers and Switches, Aruba Switches, Meraki MS Switches, Luxul Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our NETGEAR Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report.

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