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NETGEAR Switches is the #2 ranked solution in top LAN Switching tools, #2 ranked solution in top AV Over IP Switching tools, and #7 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give NETGEAR Switches an average rating of 7.8 out of 10. NETGEAR Switches is most commonly compared to Cisco Ethernet Switches: NETGEAR Switches vs Cisco Ethernet Switches. NETGEAR Switches is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 54% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 18% of all views.
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What is NETGEAR Switches?

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."

NETGEAR Switches was previously known as NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series.

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What users are saying about NETGEAR Switches pricing:
  • "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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    Boas Hochstrasser - PeerSpot reviewer
    Chief Technology Officer at Genesis Technologies
    Real User
    Peak performance for uncompressed 4K video streaming at a very affordable price point
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    As an engineering company who pioneered network-based AV solutions, we strongly rely on our in-house network backbone. It is fundamental for all required AV protocols, as well as for all of the standard network purposes which our company uses.

    In our case, SDVoE, Dante (professional audio), office traffic, etc. flow on different VLANs which are incorporated into one single physical network infrastructure. Divided over two racks, three switches from the 4300 series are running in stacked mode and provide 10GbE connections to the SDVoE encoders and decoders from ZeeVee, as well as to all our other gear, including Dante devices, computers, access points, and phones.

    How has it helped my organization?

    With the NETGEAR 4300 series switches, we have been able to test, demonstrate, and provide training on the ZeeVee 10GbE SDVoE gear, which we distribute.

    Thanks to the availability of 10GbE, we have been able to show the difference between compressed 4K video streaming over 1GbE and uncompressed 4K video streaming with the use of the SDVoE protocol and 10GbE.

    However, 10GbE is Ethernet in another speed. We had to learn how to handle it. This knowledge will be useful in future projects. For example, one of our upcoming projects will have 24 encoders and 11 decoders with two M4300-96X NETGEAR switches.

    What is most valuable?

    • The stacking feature
    • The web interface, which makes it easy to use and set up.
    • The support for SDVoE
    • The 10GbE port speed

    It provides the ability to stack switches together, and this is a huge time saver! Having one interface to configure the complete system, especially when it comes to VLANs, helps a lot. This administration is something that is time consuming when all switches need to be configured individually. Thanks to stacking, you have VLANs available on all switches, and you can just select what you want.

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    NETGEAR's web interface describes settings with names and sentences which are different from other switch manufacturers. Therefore, you must figure out what each one does before you can use it. If you compare it to Cisco, for example, their web interface is a bit more intuitive.

    The web interface could also be improved when it comes to multicast settings. Especially, that IGMP is spread to “Switching” and “Routing“ is confusing. At first, it is unclear what needs to be setup where.

    Support for IGMPv3 querier would be appreciated. Currently, only a version 2 querier can be sent by the switches, which is a bit outdated, since version 3 has been on the market for a few years now. Cisco does support querier version 3 in their small business switches.

    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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    For how long have I used the solution?

    Two years now.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It has been very stable, since the initial stacking issues were solved. It simply runs, which is the best. You can plug it in, set it up, and you can forget about it. Surely, there will be maintenance tasks in the future, like firmware upgrades, which can be done in-house.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    You can combine up to eight units in a stack. For its price, it scales well. To get optimum performance for SDVoE, the uplink bandwidth between the switches needs to be designed carefully. We haven't seen any type of switch-related bottleneck issues, so far.

    How are customer service and support?

    Our issues are immediately escalated to Tier 3 support, which has been very good. However, there are some issues that have not yet been resolved.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We were using and selling the Cisco Small Business 300 and 500 Series. But, a lot of different new firmware was being released for these switches, and with every firmware update came a different problem. The last thing you want is to have is a switch which behaves strange in your backbone, or on a project site. We just got fed up with it.

    Seeing this, and the fact that Cisco does not have 10GbE hardware for a reasonable price, convinced us to switch to NETGEAR. Thanks to the increase in bandwidth, we were finally able to truly demonstrate the 10GbE solutions that we distribute.

    Other than that, the change from Cisco to NETGEAR has not changed anything in our organization. Day-to-day things didn't change a lot and our office runs as always.

    How was the initial setup?

    At first, we stacked all switches together, then we started to configure the different VLANs. Just when we wanted to swap over to production, we recognized that there was a problem with the stacking configuration that we did.

    The priorities of the switches must be set in a different way than we had assumed, so backup units can overtake management in case the main unit is down. If you don't set them properly, you somehow get the effect of the management switch changing from one to the other switch frequently.

    Once this was resolved, we could switch over on the fly to production without any visible downtime and work normally.

    Deploying Dante devices was also a bit problematic, since the stacked mode ‘how-to’ guides for Dante are not quite accurate, e.g., the setup of QoS resulted in a support case.

    After configuring the VLAN (according to the manufacturer’s manual), we just plug in the SDVoE gear. This worked.

    We implemented the 4300 series at the end of January. Altogether, our deployment took four days. Three days were lost on implementing Dante due to the weak ‘how-to’ guides.

    What about the implementation team?

    We did the deployment ourselves. There is no need to be an IT expert if you are deploying standalone. The web interface is common and easy to understand. You just need to know how to set up a switch. Only when it comes to the stacked mode, then you need to have IT knowledge. The rest of our team had no noticeable breaks during the transition.

    What was our ROI?

    We have saved time since we switched from Cisco to NETGEAR. With Cisco, firmware updates and troubleshooting afterwards were costing us hours. With NETGEAR, we update, and it all works as before.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Since we were looking to go to 10GbE, our choices were either Cisco or NETGEAR. 

    Ubiquiti wasn't a consideration. When I have worked with them in the past, there have been many issues. Therefore, I would not consider using them as reliable backbone.

    What other advice do I have?

    To have unlimited, uncompressed, 4K transmission, you cannot go with 1GbE, you need 10GbE. The 4300 Series is the way to go. 

    We run two different High-Bandwidth AV over IP systems simultaneously and haven't seen any limitations yet.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    BretD - PeerSpot reviewer
    BretDBrand Experience Manager SMB with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User

    Boas, Thank you so much for your feedback and review of the NETGEAR Business M4300 series switches. I'm so glad you were able to work through the issues you had on setup. We are definitely going to review the install guides to ensure they are accurate in the case of a professional AV over IP installation. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the NETGEAR Business team.

    Walter Shelver - PeerSpot reviewer
    Owner at CableWeb
    Real User
    Top 5
    Comes with a lifetime warranty and is easy to implement and manage
    Pros and Cons
    • "Its setup, usage, and access are most valuable. It is a very easy switch to set up."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're a network integrator and supplier for our clients. We've installed these switches for various scenarios. We have installed them for core switching and remote switching, and we have also installed them in various standalone organizations where there is no core or distributed switching. There is just the main switch, and that carries the whole network.

    In our previous deployment, we've had three NETGEAR 48-port switches that we installed as standalone switches. They were basically managing everything, such as the internet, firewall, switching, and then distribution to the other network.

    In terms of the version, I have worked with GS724.

    What is most valuable?

    Its setup, usage, and access are most valuable. It is a very easy switch to set up. 

    It is easy to do VLANs, software upgrades, etc. It is also easy to integrate it with other NETGEAR products.

    One thing that NETGEAR does very well is that their switches come with a lifetime warranty, like HP. If a switch has not been neglected or misused, NETGEAR will replace your switch if it fails, which really helps.

    What needs improvement?

    Its integration with other products can be improved. A lot of time our clients have got an existing access point solution, but they want NETGEAR switching. They don't want to buy NETGEAR access points. The third-party integration would be a big assistance.

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've worked with NETGEAR switches for the last six years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Its stability is very good. I've never had a NETGEAR switch fail during all the time I've used them.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is very scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    I never had to use NETGEAR's technical support in all the time I've used it. I presume it's good, but I never had to use their technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    Its initial setup is straightforward. Deployment is usually fairly quick because it has a very straightforward setup. Your cable runs will obviously take you longer, but deployment is very quick.

    The deployment strategy is always to connect switching first, and then as we terminate our points, we connect our points so that people immediately have access to the internet. The strategy is always to first install a firewall, then install a switch, and then install cabling. This way when your cabling is up, your people are already protected, and they're behind the firewall. 

    For its deployment and maintenance, you don't need a lot of staff members. Usually, two members are enough. Specifically, if I've got a cabling team, there may be three people, but I don't need a lot of people to do an implementation. I can usually have two people on-site, and they'll implement and sort the switching out themselves. They are usually cable technicians and network technicians.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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.

    Cisco is obviously very expensive, and for a lot of people, it is usually for their core network.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you're new to switching, then obviously, there is a learning curve, like with any product out there. If you're an existing user of the equipment, it is really easy to use. It is easy to implement and work with. It is easy to run. It is a nice system to work with.

    I would rate it an eight out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Angel Georev - PeerSpot reviewer
    Product Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Easy to deploy with a good user interface and helpful support
    Pros and Cons
    • "Technical support is helpful and quick to respond."
    • "There's a lack of chips and, consequently, a lack of deliveries. They're out of stock at their European warehouse."

    What is our primary use case?

    This is a pure fiber solution. We use it for both SMBs and big organizations. We use it as a switch. 

    What is most valuable?

    It has the same features as many other brands. 

    I like the way they work with customers.

    The features are stable, and it deploys easily. It's very simple to implement in general.

    The user interface is very good. 

    The solution is scalable.

    It is stable and reliable. 

    Technical support is helpful and quick to respond. 

    What needs improvement?

    They currently don't have any stock. It's hard to get the devices. 

    There's a lack of chips and, consequently, a lack of deliveries. They're out of stock at their European warehouse.

    They also used to offer quite cheap routers, and now there is nothing under 150 euros. It's getting expensive. Many customers don't want to spend more than 60 or 70 euros on something like that. 

    The scalability is limited to some extent. It's meant for smaller users. 

    I'm working with home routers, and the Wi-Fi at the moment is Wi-Fi 6. With Wi-Fi 5 routers, there was a feature that was called device prioritization. This feature is missing with Wi-Fi 6 routers. I don't know why. Maybe the CPUs are not so strong or powerful, or maybe they believe that this feature is pointless since the devices are so powerful. That said, from my point of view, it is very important as a customer to have this feature.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been dealing with the solution for 12 years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    There are no bugs or glitches, and it doesn't crash or freeze. It's quite stable and reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale quite well. However, it doesn't scale quite as well as Huawei, which can get much larger. 

    How are customer service and support?

    I have found that technical support replies quickly, and they close their tickets once they've completed their tasks. They are great. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I'm also familiar with Huawei. The difference is this product is more for SMBs. The user interface is great for non-technical people, and everything works smoothly. Huawei can be more complex for some users. 

    I've also used Aruba as well. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The solution deploys easily. It's a straightforward setup. It's not a complex endeavor, even for a home user. In the past, I had to explain to my manager who wanted to buy some Wi-Fi extenders. I showed her how to set up the device. She said, "Okay, it sounds easy. I will do this by myself." The next day, she said, "Yeah, it is several clicks, and everything works fine." It's so very simple. YOu only need one person to handle the deployment.  

    What about the implementation team?

    We can implement the solution for people. Some of our partners are so small they may need assistance as they are non-technical.  

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The product is more expensive than, for example, TP-Link; however, it is cheaper than Aruba, Cisco, or Huawei. All of these are more enterprise-level switches, which is why the cost is a bit more. NETGEAR is better for smaller businesses. That said, while it is not a cheap brand, it offers good value. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I haven't really evaluated other solutions. I'm quite overloaded as it is. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I'd recommend the solution as it is very simple and stable. However, it is important to choose the right partner to help implement the solution. It will help everything go smoothly during implementation. 

    It's also pretty plug-and-play. If you do need help, you can always reach out to NETGEAR. They are pretty responsive. 

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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    Chef d'entreprise at Winform
    Reseller
    Reasonably priced, with good stability and generally problem-free

    What is our primary use case?

    We are primarily using the solution on the client side. We use it in our office.

    What is most valuable?

    I haven't had any issues so far. It's worked quite well.

    The cost of the solution is very good. We enjoy the price point they offer.

    We've found the stability to be very good. The performance is excellent.

    What needs improvement?

    The cloud service is not so good. They can't make some application on a cloud for the switch. It's not a good idea.

    The management needs to be improved. If you manage the switch by the cloud, you can't manage it by the web interface.

    The initial setup takes a long time. It's a long, drawn-out process.

    The problem is not on the cloud services end. It's on setup. You have to make an account and you lose a lot of time. If you don't want to manage by the cloud, I don't understand why you have to register your switch there.

    They have to make the feature to manage all switches within a team.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with the solution for 20 years or so. It's been two decades. It's been a while.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is quite stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's not very good in terms of scalability. You have to make a switch for the data center. It's limited.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I've never been in touch with technical support. I can't speak to how knowledgeable or responsive they are. We have an internal team that can handle troubleshooting for the most part.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I also use D-Link.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation process is long. It takes one hour to make an account, to go to the switch web interface, et cetera. If you don't make an account, if you don't notice your switch, it's not fully manageable. You have to do a lot of things before your switch will be manageable. And you have to do this for all your switches. You lose one hour for every switch. This is not good. It's so very time-consuming.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The solution has a very reasonable cost.

    What other advice do I have?

    I sell the solution and manage it as well. However, I am not a customer.

    If a client needs to switch from one solution to another, Netgear may not be right, as there may be some compatibility issues.

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

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    Parmanand  Pandey - PeerSpot reviewer
    Sr Tech Lead at Cygnus
    Reseller
    Inexpensive with helpful documentation and an easy setup
    Pros and Cons
    • "There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process."
    • "The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration."

    What is most valuable?

    It's the cheapest when compared to other switches. That is good for a small business customer.

    The initial setup is simple.

    The solution offers good stability.

    There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration. If it is possible to add this to their switches, that would be most valuable for the customer. If the customer has multiple new system architectures, it would be ideal as they wouldn't need to go to each switch for relay and configuration. It would make management easier.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've used the solution for the last three or four years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable and the performance is good. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We haven't done any scalability with these switches. I've never really tried to scale. I don't have much experience with it.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is okay, although I haven't really dealt with them too much.

    We have referred to the documentation and once the switch is configured we will not require any technical support. 

    If there're any hardware-related issues, we can create a ticket for the return process. We can get a switch back and we can restore the configuration. Therefore, I have not had much experience with technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I'm also familiar with Cisco and Juniper. People mostly prefer Cisco and Juniper if they have a big organization. However, a smaller business user likes the product very much. The pricing is great for them.

    How was the initial setup?

    It's an easy setup. There is no complexity. We are using many small devices. We haven't had any issue regarding it yet.

    What about the implementation team?

    We are integrators and can install the solution for individuals and companies. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The pricing is reasonable for small business owners. it's not overly expensive. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm a reseller. We are a solution integrator. We give products to the customers as per their budget and their ability to use the product.

    I would rate the solution a ten out of ten.

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    Jitender_Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
    Head of IT at Somani
    Real User
    Top 5
    Cost-effective with good security features but could be more robust
    Pros and Cons
    • "This is a cost-effective solution."
    • "The product could be more robust."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this product for the entire IT network and for CCTV. We have many integrators and are resellers of NETGEAR Switches, and I design solutions for our customers. Our company is based in India, I'm an information technology professional and we are end users of this product. 

    What is most valuable?

    NETGEAR has most of the good security features that other switches have and it's cost-effective. 

    What needs improvement?

    I'd like to see a more robust solution. They need to focus on sustainability and security at the port level with more visibility and controllability of the switch. I'd like to see a warranty similar to that provided by other solutions. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for 10 years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is pretty stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. 

    How are customer service and support?

    The customer support is good. They are responsive, fast, and they're knowledgeable about the product. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is not complex in any way. There's no maintenance required once the solution is deployed. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    NETGEAR is competitive and cost-effective in comparison to Aruba and other solutions. It's not the most expensive, but it's not cheap. You're getting what you pay for. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Compared to NETGEAR, Cisco has lots of other features within the switch where you can include lots of securities. The switches are very sustainable and can run for  years and years if the environment is okay. There are a few securities that we use to build a firewall or some other level where we can put lots of security on the port, as far as the loop and hacking goes. If anything happens in the network, there are lots of things that can be controlled at switch level. NETGEAR has less of these kinds of options. 

    What other advice do I have?

    My recommendation of NETGEAR to a customer would be dependent on the kind of solution they have, their budget, network size and the length of time they expect it to work. The product is more suitable for medium size organizations. Enterprise organizations generally look for other solutions in that sphere. 

    I rate the solution six out of 10. 

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    Juzer Poonawala - PeerSpot reviewer
    Founder/Managing Director at Microtel Netlinks Pvt. Ltd.
    Reseller
    Top 5
    Easy to configure and great when dealing with data and camera networks
    Pros and Cons
    • "The company provides a lifetime warranty."
    • "This product lacks a CLI interface."

    What is our primary use case?

    We provide solutions for our customers who use this product for a variety of reasons but the main use case is for network connectivity. We are system integrators based in India and I'm the founder and managing director of the company. 

    What is most valuable?

    The company provides a lifetime warranty which is the main advantage for us. It's also easy to configure. 

    What needs improvement?

    This solution doesn't have a CLI interface. Cisco, for example, has this feature. If I don't want to use a web-based interface and I have to configure using CLI, it's lacking in NETGEAR. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for almost 12 years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable product. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is good. 

    How are customer service and support?

    The technical support is good, they are responsive. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is relatively easy. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The cost is based on a per unit model. I believe it works out to be the Rupee equivalent of around $350 per unit. It's comparable to what Cisco or Ubiquiti charge. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We evaluated Cisco which has more features than NETGEAR. As a brand name, Cisco carries added value and more brand awareness than NETGEAR. Cisco doesn't offer the lifetime warranty we get from NETGEAR. The choice between the two is really about an organization's requirements. If you're dealing with audio and video products, then Cisco is definitely the way to go. But if you're dealing with data and camera networks, then NETGEAR comes out on top. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate this solution eight out of 10. 

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: System Integrator
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    Senior Marketing Officer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
    Reseller
    Top 20
    Reasonably priced, with good technical support, and customization
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections."

    What is our primary use case?

    We sell NETGEAR Switches. We are exclusive distributors.

    NETGEAR switches are used in office networks, Wi-Fi networks, and internal networks.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    I believe the pricing, support, and customization are all reasonable.

    It is easy to use.

    What needs improvement?

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

    Most of our clients request VLAN functions and possibly other advanced controlling functions. I mean now netgear has it's fabulous Insight Management function, and I am happy to see it keep updating the cloud service features to even better and even more user friendly control.   

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with NETGEAR switches since I started working for this company a few years ago.

    We sell all of the available switches.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Most of the time NETGEAR Switches are high performance and quite stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    NETGEAR Switches are scalable because we have different collections to fulfill different scenarios.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is reasonable.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We also have PLANET Switch.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is my understanding that the initial setup is easy.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I believe that the pricing is reasonable.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate NETGEAR Switches a nine out of ten.

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