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NETGEAR Switches is #2 ranked solution in top LAN Switching tools, #2 ranked solution in top AV Over IP Switching tools, and #3 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give NETGEAR Switches an average rating of 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 small business segment, accounting for 40% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 31% of all views.
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."
  • "This is a one-time purchase and there are no licensing fees."
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    Jeff_Cooper - PeerSpot reviewer
    Information Technology Manager at King + King Architects
    Real User
    Top 20
    Enables us to run our backups much more quickly and has a good balance of price, performance, and features
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    NETGEAR is our distribution switch for our local area network. We have about 80 data hosts connected to our network. They go through another set of switches into this distribution switch. From there they connect to our gateway and to our servers.

    The switches are on our premise and there's no special software other than that it's just a network switch.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It has improved my organization because now the entire network is quicker. A lot of users tell me that things seem faster but they can't really elaborate. My guess is everything is just a fraction of a second quicker going through the network and that adds up at the end of the day.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    It's easy to use once you actually read the instructions. There is some searching you have to do on the documentation to find exactly what you're looking to get done but it's all there. NETGEAR's forums were very helpful because people actually pointed me in the right direction when I had problems setting it up.

    We use it for IT switching. It is the distribution switch for our network and then I have access switches that feed into this switch that are also 10-Gigabit. IT switching is very nice. I run my backups much more quickly. It works out to about as fast as I thought it would be. I'm quite pleased. It's definitely worth it for what you're getting; a lot of switches, a lot of networks. I looked at a lot of different possible models and products before I bought these and I settled on NETGEAR because I thought there was a good balance of price, performance, and features. And so far, it has worked out.

    I have POE switches going into this switch, but I don't use this switch particularly to distribute power. The model I have is not a POE switch. It's just the data switch.

    We have server aggregation. Our main file server is aggregated through two SRP interfaces on the switch.

    We also have wireless access in our network, but it doesn't talk to this switch directly. It goes through one of our access switches.

    What needs improvement?

    The feature to change settings on the switch needs improvement. I understand why it's there, I can change the settings on the switch and I have to actually hit save to lock them in, otherwise, on a reboot, the changes revert to the earlier settings. I've forgotten to hit save a couple of times. It should have more of a big red obvious "You need to hit save" button to lock your changes in; that would have been helpful. There were a couple of times where things suddenly stopped working and I realized it was because I rebooted it and undid what I just fixed.

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using NETGEAR Switches for three months. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    So far stability has been good. Now that we've gone live with them, I have not had to restart or shut them down at all.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    If I had to do it again, I might've gotten a bigger switch with more ports on it because I'm using up more of them than I originally thought I would. But that's really not a scalability issue with the switch, that's just me not planning properly.

    Only I am responsible for the maintenance of the switches. I'm an IT manager. 

    In terms of size, we have about 70 employees, all of whom have ethernet connections through access switches to this switch. This is the core of our network.

    I don't plan to increase usage much, if at all. This is what it's going to be for the next few years.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have not used technical support. 

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

    NETGEAR replaced some Nortel switches that were about 11 years old. They were end of life and they were not as fast. I had gigabit and 100 megabits switches. I am hoping to have these for another 10 years. I'm going to get 10-Gigabit and gigabit for my network speeds.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward once I figured out what I was doing. It was fine once I acquainted myself with the switch and with some of the features. I was not pressured to get this done quickly. When the pandemic hit, we all went home so I had an empty server room in which to work so I could try to see if they worked and if they didn't, I could try it a different way. I did not have to risk taking down the whole network with people there. That was just a fortunate happenstance.

    My implementation plan was to set up this switch along with my new access switches, which were also NETGEAR. I set them up disconnected from our live network. I put everything together, including the SFP uploads, in test client and test phones, and set everything up the way it was going to be. About a month and a half ago, I went in, unplugged the old switches, put in the new ones, and turned it on. It was very quick and easy but it took about a day and a half because we have a lot of cables.

    In actual time, it took about a month and a half to deploy. But in actual work hours, it probably took about four days because we were doing it in fits and starts because we were trying to move out of the office when COVID hit.

    There's a learning curve, but it's not as difficult as I thought it would be.

    What was our ROI?

    ROI is a soft benefit. It's hard to know. I don't know if the old switches would've died this morning. 

    We have them for two purposes. One, to speed up our network. Two, to refresh with new hardware that isn't a decade old. So it's hard to determine.

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

    Technology keeps changing so you don't need to buy something that's going to last 100 years. Buy something that you know you're going to have to replace in five or 10 years and price it accordingly. We were told that the Nortel switches we had bought would last for 10 to 20 years and that we would never have to replace it. Networking got faster in the years between and frankly, those switches got filled with gunk, they physically start wearing out, and fans die. As long as you know that it has a five to 10-year window, why would you pay 20 grand a piece for a switch? I just don't understand that.

    There are no additional costs. We pay for licensing, hardware, and cables. That is it.

    The pricing was definitely reasonable, I don't know if I'd say low. I think all networking equipment is more expensive than it should be. But NETGEAR had the price point that least annoyed me.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We evaluated Cisco, Juniper, Dell, and HP but they were all nearly twice the price of NETGEAR. I also had some hesitation to some. There seems to be some hesitation by some IT professionals to use NETGEAR for their enterprise and business networking, but so far, I'm happy.

    We also considered Ubiquiti. We have a couple of Ubiquiti wireless access points. So I said, "Well, I'll just look at them." Ubiquiti was a possibility, but a lot of what this came down to was that there seems to be some hesitation in the IT world about using NETGEAR for enterprise and for business use. They do have a pretty large in-home user market. 

    I have a couple of older NETGEAR switches that are at least as old as the Nortel ones that I just replaced. They have been on for 15 years and have never been down. I thought that if they're still going, they can't be that bad. I'll try it.

    The primary reasons we chose NETGEAR over Ubiquiti, Cisco, and other products are because NETGEAR seemed stable and it frankly seems easier to set up, especially more than something like Cisco.

    What other advice do I have?

    My advice would be: Don't rush it. Give yourself time between getting the switch and putting it in. That helped me do this properly. Have patience. Read the documentation. Be organized.

    NETGEAR has the ability to label the interfaces and you can label different things on the switch in the web interface, while our old switches didn't have this feature. That helps me keep track of what's where. Being organized is really the key to all of this. When I am home I can dial into our VPN, look at the user interface of the switch, and I can tell you what's in every port on that switch.

    I would rate NETGEAR Switches a nine out of ten. The only thing that would take away a point would be the user interface. The web interface sometimes needs refreshing and doesn't keep up with what I'm trying to do.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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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.

    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 technical 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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    Walter Shelver - PeerSpot reviewer
    Owner at CableWeb
    Real User
    Top 10
    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.

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    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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    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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    President at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Stable, with no licensing fees, and it worked well for my purposes

    What is our primary use case?

    I use these switches in my home-based business.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is familiarity.

    What needs improvement?

    The technical support could be more helpful.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with NETGEAR Switches for between five and ten years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability-wise, I haven't had any issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This product is not scalable. It is fixed at eight ports, which is why I am now looking for something new.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have spoken with their technical support, albeit not about this switch, but about a router. I would say that the technical support was not very helpful.

    Specifically, they were helpful but only to a point. It helps when they can figure out the problem for you.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is pretty easy.

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

    This is a one-time purchase and there are no licensing fees.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I am currently looking for a replacement because I have recently moved offices and I now have more devices plugged in. I am looking into purchasing a 24-port Ubiquiti switch. I am looking at the Ubiquiti line because I don't want to pay a yearly fee.

    What other advice do I have?

    For what I used this switch for, it did well.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    KurhulaMaluleka - PeerSpot reviewer
    Managing Director at Behold IT
    Real User
    Top 5
    Networking switches that provide satisfying stability
    Pros and Cons
    • "I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We mainly use NETGEAR Switches for some switching and tethering.

    What is most valuable?

    I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using NETGEAR Switches for a few years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    NETGEAR Switches could be more scalable. We have about 200 users using this solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    I don't remember the initial setup. We have about five managers and technical people to deploy and manage this solution. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I can't recommend this solution to potential users. 

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give NETGEAR Switches an eight.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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