Cisco vs netgear switches

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Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 61 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 2nd in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "A versatile solution with stacking capability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Switches writes "When passing multicast video across the network, technicians don't have make changes". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, Brocade Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Mellanox Switches, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Aruba Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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It’s difficult to choose the best Ethernet switches suitable for your network from the abundance of available Ethernet switches on the market (some may prefer a managed Ethernet switch, while others won’t need anything above an unmanaged or smart Ethernet switch), so, in order to make the process easier, I have divided the article into three main sections: the first addresses the best unmanaged Ethernet switches, which are more suitable for home use or for small business networks, the second section covers the best web-managed Ethernet switches which are also suitable for home use (tech enthusiasts) and for small to medium business networks and the third section addresses the best managed Ethernet switches which, as expected, are going to be used in an enterprise environment (medium to large businesses).

UPDATE 05.30.2021: The FS S3910-24TF L3+ managed switch has been added to the best Ethernet switches list.




 

An Ethernet switch is a networking device that connects a large variety of devices (like IP cameras, computers and even other switches) into a common network and it uses the packet switching technology to receive, process and eventually forward the data to the destination client.
Network switches are commonly used to create a business network (especially devices with lots of ports), but there is also an increasing tendency to include switches into a home network, especially since PoE surveillance cameras have gotten so much more popular.

On the market, you can find switches that use physical addresses for data processing and forwarding at the layer 2 of the OSI model, but there are also layer 3 switches that besides all the features of a L2 switch, have routing functionality (so, similarly to some traditional routers, they’re capable of hardware-based packet switching).

 

Best Unmanaged PoE Ethernet Switches

Best Non-PoE Unmanaged Ethernet Switches

1. Linksys LGS116P 16-Port Ethernet Switch

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The Linksys LGS116P is an unmanaged 16-port network switch that is part of the Linksys’ Business Desktop Gigabit PoE switch series along with the LGS108P and LGS124P, an 8-port device and, respectively, a 24-port switch. The LGS116P is a great solution for your office network, but it can also be used in your home (since this is an unmanaged device, which means that you can’t really configure it, it just allows the connected clients to communicate with each other).
The LGS116P features a fairly large rectangular metallic case (but comparing it with other 16-port switches, it’s surprisingly compact), with two pairs of airflow vents on the left and on the right, and no internal fan (it relies solely on passive cooling). The top of the LGS116P is quite plain, with only the blue Linksys logo breaking the continuity of the black matte finish.

In terms of positioning, the The LGS116P can be positioned flat on the surface (its dimensions are 4.2 x 11.0 x 0.9 inches and it weighs 1.8 lb) and it can also be wall-mounted, but it’s not rack mountable (only the larger LGS124P has this feature). If you turn the device upside down, you’ll see that there are no airflow vents here, there are only three screws, four round feet, two holes for wall mounting and a label containing the information about the device (model number, serial number).

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The front of the switch is home to all 16 Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, from which only the first eight come with PoE+ support. The PoE+ technology allows you to transfer data and receive power over the Ethernet cable, so you can connect compatible devices without the need to have a power outlet in the vicinity (some of these devices can be access points, IP cameras, network hubs, intercoms, VoIP phones and so on). The entire dedicated PoE power budget is 80 W.

All of the ports have one green amber LED for Link/Activity/GB and the first eight ports have an additional green LED for PoE. On the left of the ports there are also two LED lights for Power (a blue LED) and for PoE Max (the LED will be amber and if it’s on, it means that the total power budget is over 67 Watts, otherwise, if it’s off, it means that the power budget is under 67 Watts).

In terms of hardware, the LGS116P is equipped with a Marvel 88E1685LKJ2 chipset and, since we get a total of 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports, there is a total bandwidth of 32 Gbps available.
Setting up the Linksys LGS116P is simple, all you have to do is connect the power adapter to your switch and into a power outlet and then connect your network devices to the switch by using Ethernet cables (you can also cascade your switch to another switch).

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Since this is an unmanaged unit, you don’t get to configure the switch, but there are some interesting features that are worth mentioning. There is the Quality of Service Traffic Prioritization (QoS) which ensures that regardless of network congestion, certain data throughput is still maintained for some connected devices (useful especially for video streaming or VOIP). There’s also support for Jumbo Frames (up to 9K bytes of payload frames, which means less CPU cycles and reduced overheads).

Another cool feature is the PoE prioritization. What it does is it assigns the highest priority to the port 1 and as you connect devices, the higher the port ID, the priority will be lower. So, if only seven ports out of the eight are connected, but the maximum power budget is already maxed out, the eight device will be declined, since it will have exceed the power budget.
The Linksys LGS116P switch is compliant with the following standards: IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3x, 802.3ab, and 802.3az. Additionally, for PoE devices, it supports IEEE 802.3at and 802.3af standards. If a devices does not support any of these standards, it will not be powered ON.
Note: Inside the box, you can find the Linksys LGS116P unit, a Power Adaptor, a Wall Mount Kit, a Quick Start Manual and a CD with the documentation.

2. TRENDnet TPE-LG80 8-Port PoE+ Ethernet Switch

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Most unmanaged Ethernet switches allow you to connect multiple devices in a plug and play manner and, since these devices lack any utility software, some do come with hardware means of offering some type of QoS. The new TRENDnet TPE-LG80 is built in a similar way, but it went a few steps further so, besides featuring the same plug and play approach, the switch supports PoE+ on all of its eight ports, it offers QoS and VLAN port isolation, but, most importantly, the PoE+ signal can be extended up to 656 feet (at 10 Mbps full duplex), instead of the default 328 feet (this way, it’s the first device from TRENDnet to make it to the best Ethernet switches list).

This ensures a more flexible outdoors deployment (or indoors, if you have a large area to cover) of PoE devices, such as wireless access points (for a better WiFi coverage), IP cameras and more. Besides the 8-port TPE-LG80, TRENDnet has also released the 5-port TPE-LG50 which is also part of the new Long Range series.
Similarly to other switches on the market, the TPE-LG80 features a rectangular metallic case, covered by a black matte finish all around and the only relevant touch of color is the green band on the front of the device (surrounding the ports), along with the red DIP switch area on the front. Sure, the TPE-LG80 may not be as good looking as the Netgear Nighthawk S8000, but it has adopted the most practical design which allows you to place the router on a flat surface or mount it on the wall – for mounting it on a rack, you will need to use a tray since the manufacturer did not add any lateral holes for attaching rack mounting ears.

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Usually, PoE switches aren’t as compact as the non-PoE counterparts, but, TRENDnet has done some magic and managed to include all the necessary hardware in a very small case. So, the TPE-LG80 measures 9.45 x 4.13 x 1.1 inches and it weighs 20.88 ounces (it has a smaller footprint than the TPE-TG81g which measures 10.5 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches and the OM S8 is about five times bigger). Furthermore, PoE switches have a tendency of running at a higher temperature, so TRENDnet has added a set of ventilation cut-outs on the right side, as well as on the left side and on the rear, but it decided against including a fan, therefore purely relying on passive cooling. This ensures that the Ethernet switch will always run silently and, if you worry that it may overheat, rest assure that it won’t – it does get slightly warm on the top when put under some stress, but the TPE-LG80 never showed any signs of overheating.

On the front of the device, there’s a DC-In port, an On/Off switch, a DIP switch (with eight switches, each performing a different task on various ports), a PoE Alert LED (lights up when the PoE budget goes beyond the maximum 65 Watts), a PWR LED and two LEDs for each Ethernet LAN ports (the bottom LED will becomes green when a PoE device is connected and, the top LED becomes amber when the connection is established at 10/100 Mbps and it will shine green when the connection is at 1000 Mbps). Lastly, farther to the left, rest the eight PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.

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As expected from an unmanaged Plug-and-Play switch, the installation process is incredibly simple and all you have to do is connect the TPE-LG80 to a power source, use an Ethernet cable to connect it to a modem / router and add any other devices using the front panel ports (besides the usual access points or computers, you can also connect 802.3af PoE cameras and 802.3af PoE+ surveillance cameras). The TRENDnet TPE-LG80 lacks any type of utility for managing or configuring the device and the network, but, there are some interesting built-in features that will make a difference and, of course, I’m talking about using the DIP switch.

If you push the first DIP switch to the On position, the first and the second ports will extend the PoE+ distance up to 656 feet (limited at 10 Mbps) and, to put this to test, I connected two devices to the switch (using a 560-foot cable in between them) and saw an average throughput of 9.52 Mbps from the client to the server and 9.45 Mbps from the server to the client. This indicates that TRENDnet has done a great job and the advertised throughput is close to what you’ll get in real life. The second DIP switch activates the long range ability to the third and fourth ports and the third DIP switch activates VLAN port isolation for the first to the fourth ports.

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The fourth DIP switch activates QOS, while the fifth DIP switch activates the LR function on the fifth Ethernet port. The sixth and seventh DIP switch will enable the LR ability to the sixth and seventh port, respectively and, lastly, the eighth DIP switch activates the VLAN port isolation to the port 5, 6 and 7. It is important to not switch on the DIP switch three and eight at the same time.
Note: Inside the package, there is the TRENDnet TPE-LG80 Long Range switch, the Power cord and a Quick Installation Guide.

3. TP-LINK TL-SG1008PE 8-Port Ethernet Switch

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TP-Link has gone a long way from its early days when it was only influential in the country of origin (China) and managed to achieve a top place among the best networking products manufacturers in the world. TP-Link’s interest spans over many type of products, including thepowerline adapters, wireless routers, ADSL modems, IP cameras and, of course Ethernet switches.
The product I’m going to focus on is the TP-LINK TL-SG1008PE, a 8-port PoE+ rackmount switch which is part of the unmanaged type of devices.

The TL-SG1008PE features a rectangular metallic case, covered by a dark blue finish and with a slab of plastic where the LEDs and ports reside. The top of the TL-SG1008PE is quite uneventful, the only thing that caught my attention is the carved-in TP-Link logo. On the left, you can find a series of air vents that help deliver a better ventilation, but it doesn’t stop here, because TP-Link decided to go the noisy way and equipped the TL-SG1008PE with a fan (hidden under a hexagonal shaped vent hole pattern on the right side of the switch).

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While other 8 and 16-port switches from this list were quite compact and could be easily placed anywhere, the footprint of the TL-SG1008PE is a bit large (it measures 11.6 x 7.1 x 1.7 inches and it weighs 5.5 lbs). So, you can definitely place the switch on a flat surface (like a desk or a shelf), but if you don’t have the space for it, you can’t mount the device on the wall. Fortunately, it can be mounted on a rack.

The front side of the switch is home to the eight 10/100/1000M RJ45 Ethernet Gigabit ports (all eight come with PoE+ support). On the left side of the ports, there are two main LEDs for PoE MAX (solid red means that the power of all connected devices is between 120 and 126W, otherwise, if the LED is flashing red, it means that the power of all the connected PoE ports is either equal or exceeds 126W; lastly, if the LED is off, then the power of all connected PoE ports is under 120W) and Power (if it’s flashing green, then the power supply acts abnormal).

Besides these two LEDs, there are three arrays of LED lights for every port, each showing the PoE Status (flashing green means that there may be a short circuit or that the power current may be overloaded), the Link/Activity and the 1000Mbps (if the LED is on, it means that the port connection runs at 1000Mbps; there is no distinctive color for the speeds under the 1000Mbps). On the back side of the switch, there is a power port (100-240V~ 50/60Hz 2.0A) and on the bottom side there four protruded feet and a label with printed info about the device (the serial number).

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Furthermore, the TL-SG1008PE features a total PoE power budget is 124W, but there are two additional variations of this Ethernet switch which can also be added to the best Ethernet switches list: the TL-SG1008P, an 8-port Gigabit switch that is equipped with only four PoE ports and there’s the less expensive TL-SF1008P, also a 8-port switch with 4 PoE ports which lacks the Gigabit speeds (it uses older Fast Ethernet ports).

Since we are dealing with a Plug-and-Play device, the setup process of the TL-SG1008PE is quite simple, all you have to do is connect the power cable to the back of the switch and to a wall outlet (keep a safe distance from the other devices that may cause interference, such as powerline adapters) and then just add your devices using Ethernet cables (since this is a PoE+ switch, you can add 802.3af/at compliant devices, like IP cameras or IP telephones).

One interesting feature is the priority functions, that has the role to protect the system in case of power overload. So, if the power consumption is greater or equal to 124W, the eight PoE+ ports will receive a priority and the switch will cut the power from the port with the lowest priority (for example, port 1, 2 and 4 will use 30W, while port 3 will use 25W, so any port after the first four will have the power supply cut, as they will have a lower priority).

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Furthermore, the TL-SG1008PE has a great energy efficient technology that detects if there is any unused PoE port, so it can reduce the power consumption by up to 75%. Additionally, the switching capacity is 16Gps and it supports Jumbo frames (16Kb).
The TP-LINK TL-SG1008PE switch is compliant with the following standards: IEEE802.3i, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab, IEEE802.3x, IEEE802.1p, IEEE802.3af and IEEE802.3at.
Note: Inside the package, you can find the TP-LINK TL-SG1008PE switch unit, a Power cord, the Installation Guide, four rubber feet and two mounting brackets, along with the fittings.

4. CISCO SYSTEMS SG112-24-NA Ethernet Switch

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CISCO SYSTEMS is the largest networking company in the world and it’s well known for its enterprise-focused products (including routers and switches), but it also hasn’t neglected the consumer side.
One such product that is more suitable for the homes/small businesses sector, instead of the larger offices and corporations, is the CISCO SYSTEMS SG112-24-NA, a 24-port unmanaged switch that can offer network connectivity, as well as reliability for small businesses.

In terms of design, the SG112-24-NA looks pretty much the same as any other switch on the market. You get the black rectangular case, made of metal and with the matte finish on top. Since not much can be made for a switch to stand out from the crowd, manufacturers have resorted to making the devices as compact as possible. Cisco also adopted this new trend and made the SG112-24-NA surprisingly compact (it measures 11.0 x 1.7 x 6.7 inches and it weighs 5.05 lb), which means that it won’t take more space than a router.

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So, you can position it pretty much everywhere in the room in the horizontal position, but, if space is important (in offices), Cisco offered the option to wall mount the device. Additionally, the SG112-24-NA can be rack mounted by using the two included brackets (before installing the switch into a rack, take into consideration the ambient temperature, don’t obstruct the airflow, use an overcurrent protection and a reliable earthing).

The bottom of the SG112-24-NA is plain, as well as the top, with only the CISCO logo that livens up a bit the device. On the front, you are greeted with all 24 Ethernet Gigabit RJ-45 ports (10/100/1000) positioned in two arrays of 12, and two more combo mini-GBIC (SPF) slots that converts the electric currents to optical signals and vice-versa (acts as an interface for high-speed networking and it’s used for fiber optic connections).

Each of the 24 Ethernet ports features two LED lights (on the left and right) for LINK/ACTIVITY and GIGABIT. On the left of the ports, underneath the small CISCO logo, there is a PWR green light that shows if the unit is powered ON. If you turn the switch around, there are a couple of labels, the first one containing information about the S/N, MAC address and PID VID. Next to the labels, there’s the Power port (100-240V~, 1000-500mA, 50-60Hz).
This switch does not feature any fan (it uses passive ventilation), so there is no annoying noise. The heat dissipation is done by the series of vent holes on the left and right of the device.

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In terms of hardware, the CISCO SYSTEMS SG112-24-NA is equipped with 128 MB flash memory, 128 MB of RAM and, since we are dealing with a 24-ports switch, there is a total bandwidth of 48 Gbps available.
Setting up the SG112-24-NA is very simple, since this is a plug-and-play device, so you only have to connect your devices using an Ethernet cable and the switch will do the job on its own without needing any configuration from the user.

Obviously, since this is a Cisco device, there are lots of interesting features that run automatically and help creating a reliable network. Among them, there is the Quality of Service (QoS), which senses the services that need prioritizing (like VOIP or video streaming) so you get a better network performance. The QoS also uses the weighted round-robin (WRR) features, which has the role to distribute the load among the resources, so the requests are evenly distributed.

Another interesting feature is the Loop Detection, which has the role to discover any accidentally created loop in the network, so it avoids any possible broadcast storm (the network is overwhelmed by continuous broadcast or multicast traffic). Additionally, there are also the cable diagnostics (identifies any cable faults or shorts), the flow control, Layer 2 switching, auto-negotiating, it support Jumbo frames (9216 bytes), 35.7 Mbps forwarding capacity, Energy Efficient Ethernet (it monitors the traffic on an active link and it puts the link into sleep mode during quiet periods, so there is reduces energy consumption) and many more.
The SG112-24-NA is compliant with the following standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3az, IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3x and IEEE 802.3z.
Note: Inside the box, you can find the CISCO SYSTEMS SG112-24-NA unit, a power Adaptor, the Rack Mount Kit and a Quick Start Guide.

5. NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 Ethernet Switch

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Netgear is a well known manufacturer of networking products, having a portfolio that covers consumer-level devices, as well as enterprise-type products. Among them, there are powerline adapters, routers (the Nighthawk series being incredibly popular), NAS devices, wireless VPN firewalls and ProSAFE switches.
Maintaining the theme of the article, I will focus on an entry-level unmanaged switch, the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108, which is suitable for home use, as well as for small business offices.

The NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 went through several revisions (the latest being v4), but it has kept the same design, looking very similar to pretty much every other switch on the market. It doesn’t really excel from the aesthetic point of view, but switches are all about practicability. So, you can expect a metallic rectangular case, covered by a blue matte finish, with the Netgear logo and name written on top, as well as two series of vent grills on both the right and left side.

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The switch itself is very compact, as expected from an 8-port device, it measures 6.2 x 4.0 x 1.1 inches and weighs 1.04 lb (it’s lightweight, but the four feet should give it more stability). In terms of positioning, the GS108 can be placed horizontally on a flat surface (just make sure not to obstruct the air vents), but it can also be wall-mounted. As expected, you can’t rack-mount it, this option being available only for the 16-port and the 24-port variants (JGS516NA and the JGS524NA).

On the bottom of the switch, besides the four feet and the two holes for wall-mounting, there is a label with printed information about the device (the version of the switch and the serial number). The front of the switch is occupied by the 8 10/100/1000 Base-T RJ45 Ethernet ports and a Power LED (if it’s ON, it means that there is Link, otherwise, if it blinks, it means that there is ACTIVITY).

Every port features two LEDs: the left LED lights up if there is a connection of 100Mbps, the right LED lights up for a connection of 10Mbps. If both LEDs are ON at the same time, it means that there is a connection of 1000Mbps. Unfortunately, none of the ports support the PoE technology. The rear side of the switch is home to a Kensington lock, an OFF/ON switch and a Power port (12V – 0.5A). Overall, the power consumption is quite low and because it doesn’t feature a fan (it relies on passive cooling), the switch is quiet.

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Furthermore, I saw some major improvements from the GS108v3 in terms of power conumption after Netgear added support for the latest IEEE 802.3az standard which should translate into reduced energy consumption (up to 50% less) when the cable is shorter than 320 feet (Auto Green Mode), when there is light traffic on any active ports or when no activity is detected (a features also called Auto-Power Down).
Inside the case, the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108v4 remains equipped with a Broadcom BCM53118 chipset. The advertised switching capacity of the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 is 16Gbps.

Since this is an unmanaged switch, the setup process is very simple (this is a Plug and Play device): you have to connect the power adapter to the back of the switch and connect the desired devices using Ethernet cables (Cat 5). For every added client, the corresponding LED should turn on and flash when activity occurs.
Despite being unmanaged, the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 has lots of built-in features that help crating a better LAN network. Among them, there is the support for Jumbo frames (9k), which has the ability to boost the throughput significantly, there’s also the Store and Forward and the 192 KB on-chip Packet Buffering forwarding modes.

Additionally, you get traffic prioritization and DSCP-based QoS, so, applications like VOIP and video streaming have a higher priority.
The NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 is compliant with the following standards: IEEE 802.3i, IEEE 802.3u, 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3az and 802.1p.
Note: Inside the package, you can find the NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 Gigabit unit, the AC Power adapter, the wall-mounting screws, an Installation Guide and the Warranty.

6. Buffalo BS-GU2024 Ethernet Switch

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Buffalo Technology is a North American subsidiary of the Japanese company Melco Holdings Inc. The Austin-based company is a fairly popular manufacturer of networking products and a leading provider of NAS devices, wireless routers and access points, external hard drives, network switches (both unmanaged and smart devices) and many other type of networking solutions.

One of the more popular products from Buffalo Technology is the BS-GU2024, which is an interesting rackmount unmanaged switch, suitable for small business offices or for a home tech enthusiast. The Buffalo BS-GU2024 is part of the Gigabit Green Ethernet Switches group and, since this series lacks the PoE functionality and, you can have a look at the 16-port BS-GU2016P (but be aware that it will cost a bit more).

The design of the BS-GU2024 follows the same guidelines as most other switches on the market, which is a good thing especially because I am talking about a device that can be rack-mounted, so it has to have a rectangular case. Furthermore, Buffalo made the device fairly compact for a 24-port switch (it measures 11.8 x 1.7 x 7.0 inches and weighs 3.5 lbs) and the chassis is made of metal, therefore it’s a lot more durable than the plastic alternative.

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The Buffalo BS-GU2024 can be positioned in multiple ways: you can put it horizontally on a shelf or desk (but, don’t forget to attach the supplied rubber feet), it can be mounted to a metal surface by using the BS-MGK-A Magnet kit (which is not included in the package – see the note below), it can be mounted on the wall using the supplied mounting brackets (use the mounting holes from the bottom of the device) and lastly, the switch can be installed on a 19-inch rack by using the mounting brackets and the provided screws (use the four holes on each side of the device).

Note: Inside the package, you can find the BS-GU2024 switch unit, an AC 100-240V power cable, a retainer band for the power cable, the 19-inch mounting brackets along with the screws, the rubber feet, the serial number stickers, user manual and warranty.
Since this device is marketed as a rackmount switch, the top of the device is plain and uneventful (except maybe for the vent holes from the top edges) and the same can be said for the right and left side. But, on the rear side of the BS-GU2024, you can find the AC-IN power port and a zone for the power cable retainer.

As expected, the front of the switch is the most eventful side. Here, you can find 48 LED lights, two for every port, each having three states: if the LINK/ACT LED is Off, the link has not been established, if it’s On, then the link has been established, otherwise, if the LED is blinking, it means that the data is being transferred and if the loop is blocked, the LED will blink once per second. If the 1000 Mbps LED (green) is On, it signifies a 1000 Mbps link, otherwise, if it’s Off, it signifies either a 100/10 Mbps link or no link. If the LED blinks once per second, it means that a loop is blocked. Additionally, there are a couple of LEDs, one for LOOP and the other for Power.

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On the right side of the LEDs, there is a small Loop prevention switch, which can turn On or Off this function. Next to the small button, there are two blocks of 12 LAN ports each (1000BASET/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T). Overall, the power consumption of the switch is 13.5W at full load and, since this is a fanless switch (possible because it’s unmanaged), the device runs silent.

The Buffalo BS-GU2024 is an unmanaged switch, therefore setting it up is very simple (as with any plug-and-play device): all you have to do is to connect your devices to the switch, using Ethernet cables and that’s pretty much it, you don’t need to configure anything. But, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t some interesting features that help create a better and more secure network.

The BS-GU2024 is capable of Jumbo Frames (9K – Header 14 Bytes + FCS 4 Bytes inclusive), has a buffer memory of 512KB and a switching fabric of 48 Gbps. Furthermore, the switch features the 802.3az Green Ethernet technology, that scans which ports have connected devices and provides power only to the active ports, while also putting any transmitters in Sleep Mode if no data has been received or sent. Also, this feature takes into consideration the length of the connected cable so it can adjust the amount of power it needs to supply. Additionally, the switch has the Loop prevention feature which will turn off any port where there’s a network loop detected (you will also be alerted by the dedicated LED if there is a network loop detected).
Note: The switch has an internal power supply.

Unmanaged vs Web-smart vs Managed switches

As you have probably guessed, you will find three main types of switches: unmanaged, Web-smart and managed switches.
The unmanaged switches are the most basic from the bunch, as they require no configuration, no management and they work as plug-and-play devices (just add your devices one by one using Ethernet cables). But, this doesn’t mean that the unmanaged switches are devoid of any features. Quite the contrary, because most come with a basic form of QoS, there is PoE port prioritization (if PoE support is present), but, everything is done automatically and works as you power on the switch until you turn it off, there is no way to configure these options in depth (some can still be monitored by LED indicators).

In terms of appearance, there isn’t a difference between an unmanaged and a managed switch, they can be positioned on a desktop, wall or rack mounted. But, is an unmanaged switch the best device for you? Well, if a plug-and-play switch that doesn’t require any configuration and works well by its own sounds good to you, then yes, you should go for it (also, take into consideration the built-in PoE support). Also, don’t forget that unmanaged switches are the cheapest out of the three variations.

The Web-smart switches are a form of managed switches, but with a more limited feature set (they fall between the unmanaged and the managed switches niche).
Smart switches are easy to set up and offer a web interface that allows you to configure a lot of features (a more basic set, comparing it with a full managed switch). You get Link Aggregation, Port Monitoring, VLAN, QoS, LAG and some other L2-level features, but, while most of the managed switches can be managed using a CLI (command line interface), a smart-managed switch lacks any console port, SSH or telnet support.

While some may argue that a web-smart switch may have a poorer management spectrum, less features and not enough security, technology has evolved a lot lately and some web-managed switches can now rival the full-managed ones. But, this will be reflected in the price tag (although, usually, smart switches are cheaper than the enterprise ones). But, do you need a Web-smart switch? Since these type of switches are the middle ground between the unmanaged and the managed switches, it means that they will work great with small businesses, as they offer some degree of configurability (especially if the features of a managed switch may be overkill) and, usually, they come at a more reasonable price. If this are your needs, then yes, smart switches are perfect for you (again, take into consideration the advantages of PoE support).

A fully-manages switch (also known as enterprise switch) offers the most out of the three variants and the biggest difference between them is the level of control over the network. As expected, the fully managed switches provide the greatest amount of management and control. You also get access to more than one interfaces (including CLI, SSH and SNMP) and layer 3 features (routing capabilities).

Now, do you need a fully managed switch? There is an IT joke that if you wonder if you need a managed switch, then chances are you that don’t. And there is a bit a truth into this, because a managed switch gives full control over the network and the manager can see everything that is going on and adjust it in such a way that the network will be perfectly optimized. This requires a clear understanding of how things work and a steep learning curve. Usually, medium to large enterprise-level networks would need such high-end switches, but lately, even small businesses seem to take an interest for the fully-managed switches.

What Features Should You Look For Before Choosing The Best Network Switch?

1. Number of Ports
One of the most important factors to consider is choosing the switch with the right number of ports (the Ethernet switches, usually come with 5, 8, 10, 16, 24, 48 and 52 ports). For example, if you have 4 or 5 devices to connect, then a 5 or 8-port switch would fit the bill.

Also, if you have 15 devices, then a 16-port will handle them, but if you want to expand the network in the future, you may want to consider purchasing a 24-port switch. At the same time, if you have over 50 users (a small business), then you may have to consider purchasing two switches to handle your network.

2. Gigabit or Fast Ethernet
The Fast Ethernet is a term that refers to a traffic rate of 100Mbps (an upgrade over the usual 10Mbps rate), while the Gigabit Ethernet is a term that refers to a traffic rate of 1000Mbps.
Obviously, a Gigabit switch is preferred, but depending on your network setup, it may not really be a necessity. You need a Gigabit switch if you need to push 1000Mbps per port and it’s ideal if you need to transfer large volumes of data and have a fast performing network with a low latency.

Obviously, there will be more stress on the link, but you get a better performance, more bandwidth and less congestion, but if your network focuses on Internet access or just for the transfer of low volume of files, then a Fast Ethernet switch (100Mbps) will be more than enough. Regardless, you should still consider a Gigabit switch, simply because the technology got less expensive than before and it’s clearly future-proof.

3. PoE
The PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology refers to any system that passes electric power along with network data on an Ethernet cable.
This technology helps to reduce the cost (since you don’t need to install any power cables), is safe (has protection for overloading or underpowering) and is flexible (compatible devices can be installed anywhere, without worrying about having a nearby power outlet).

Some of the devices that use the PoE technologies are VoIP phones, IP cameras and wireless access points. The last two types of devices are the reason why PoE switches are becoming more popular everyday. Nowadays, people value a lot more a flexible network infrastructure and a PoE switch allows you to connect any type of devices, but recognizes the PoE-compatible devices (such as IP cameras) and it enables power automatically.

The PoE technology obviously offers a series of advantages and can be found implemented on unmanaged switches and on the managed ones, but will definitely increase the price (and sometimes even the size of the switch).

4. With Fans or Fanless?
This one may seem simple, because everybody prefers their devices to be as quiet as possible, so a fanless switch is the preferred one. Unmanaged and Web-smart switches are usually fanless, simply because they don’t emanate a lot of heat (due to a less powerful setup), but, if switches have the PoE tchnology and are managed (therefore a better performance), then the passive cooling may not be enough, so when things get heated, the fans can come into action to cool the situation down.

If you have a server room, having a noisy switch won’t really make a difference, but if you keep your devices on the desk or wall-mount them, then a fanless switch will be the preferred option.

5. Desktop, Rackmount or Wall-mount
Ideally, a switch will feature all three options, but, depending on the size, the rack-mounting option may not make much sense. A desktop switch will have the default position horizontally, with four feet on the bottom, but, usually, you can also wall-mount it. The rackmount switches, on the other hand, will feature only this position (on a rack) as the only one available (the case will have no screen or LED on top) and some switches will also have the rackmount ears built into the body of the switch.

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Hi all,

I'm setting up a new server room and will be needing some new switches. The current setup runs on some casual Cisco 50 ports like the Cisco SG200-50 and a mix of Dell PowerConnect. I plan to have 1x 10Gbe Swt for the Servers and the SANs and some NAS, 2x POE for the phones and 2 or 3 more Gigabit for the backbone system PCs, printers, etc. We are just an SMB so budget is tight. 

This is my plan: 

Backbone

2x Cisco SG250X-48 and reuse the  Cisco SG200-50 (I know they are not on the same capacity and FW rate, will this be an issue?)

***Netgear: I'm sure I can find some Netgear cheaper for this category 

***Dell: has some N1500 series for about $2k (too expensive for me)

POE

2x Cisco SG250-50P and one more 16 ports POE for the Mesh Wifi 

***Netgear: 2x NETGEAR 52-Port (GS752TP)

**Dell: has some N1500P series for about $2k (too expensive for me)

10Gbe

1x Cisco SX550X-24 ~$5k (out of budget for me but I can maybe try)

***Netgear:  https://www.netgear.com/business/products/switches/smart/XS728T.aspx#tab-highlights (definitely cheaper ~1.7k)

***Dell ~$5-7K (too expensive) (S4128F-ON or N4000)

Which route would you guys recommend? Is Netgear switch reliable? Performance wise how is it compared to Cisco and Dell? 

Thanks!


Best Answer

CaptainBiscuit

Tabasco

OP

Netgears' business offerings aren't terrible. We ran a bunch of them for about five years before switching to SDN. No issues other than the interface is chunky.

Cisco is usually safe bet if budget allows.

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Josh_the_Geek

Cayenne

OP

If your familiar with Cisco I would stick with it. Otherwise take a look at Fiberstore as well

https://www.fs.com/

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rburch

Thai Pepper

OP

Personally, I would go the Cisco route. They also have remanufactured products with warranty if you need to save money!

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/remanufactured.html

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davidlloydwilliams

Thai Pepper

OP

I’ve just installed some HPE switches. They are great once I learned the terminology - easy to set up and cheap compared to Cisco.

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svraddict404

Jalapeno

OP

No one ever got fired for buying Cisco...that’s my rule....buy a dell switch it fails there will b questions

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olydrh

Thai Pepper

OP

I've used Dell Switches for more than 15 years. Current ones are overkill but they have been a set it and forget it (other than a few firmware upgrades). N4000 for top of rack (a pair in a stack) and N3000 PoE (stack of 6) for the endpoints.

Also - check with xbyte.com for switches. They do Dell, Cisco, HP, and Juniper too.  PM me if you want my Sales Rep's contact info over there. 

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warsawtech

Cayenne

OP

I have about 45+ Netgear switches running at various clients. I really like the the M4300 series and the XS728T for 10G copper. Been running some for 7 years and not a hiccup. Use WAC 730 for my wireless.

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PatrickFarrell

Mace

OP

Not a fan of the Netgear GS series switches. Had a lot of them, hated every minute of administering them.  They generally work fine otherwise, I just find their GUI to be (being polite) lacking.  No CLI. Haven't tried their newer stuff.  Cisco is fine but tends to be expensive.  I happen to like HP/Aruba personally.  Their 2920/30 switches in particular.  They have some stuff I'm not particularly fond of in the 1800/1900 gear, but if you're on a budget, it will do the trick.

Haven't personally used Dell but I've seen enough people that have them and they work just fine.

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bbigford

Mace

OP

svraddict404 wrote:

No one ever got fired for buying Cisco...that’s my rule....buy a dell switch it fails there will b questions

I knew a guy that didn't buy Cisco and he got fired.

It was unrelated though, since he was fired for stealing.

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Spartan117458

Thai Pepper

OP

Hard to go wrong with Cisco if you have the budget. If it's a little too pricey, Ubiquiti might be another option to consider.

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dancrane

Habanero

OP

It's worth noting here that the SG series switches from Cisco are part of the old Linksys purchase. They're pretty far removed from the catalyst/nexus lines.

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Wonton911

Jalapeno

OP

I might get some Cisco for the Gigabit, netgear for POE and NetGear for 10Gbe. Dell is not an option at all. What should I pay attention on if I have a mix like that?

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KOOLER (StarWind)

Mace

OP

Netgear is lab use only. I wouldn't trust my production to even their "premium" line.

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CaptainBiscuit

Tabasco

OP

Best Answer

Netgears' business offerings aren't terrible. We ran a bunch of them for about five years before switching to SDN. No issues other than the interface is chunky.

Cisco is usually safe bet if budget allows.

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Craig (Cisco)

Serrano

OP

Hi Wonton, 

Happy you are considering Cisco and hope to earn your business.  You may want to shop more for the SG550X-24.

I see it for $2968 on Compusource.com   Nice price considering you get lifetime warranty, lifetime software updates, and one year free phone support.

https://www.compsource.com/buy/SX550X24FTK9NA/Cisco-91/?src=F

I see the SG250X for $645 on newegg.com.

Also nice is the management controller called FindIT that is built into the switch.   No need to install/operate a manager on a linux box or buy and maintain an external manager.

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/cloud-systems-management/findit-network-management/index.html

The license is free for the first 10 devices, and very reasonable for 11+.   Gives you a nice GUI to manage all the switches and tune the configuration.

Take care,

Craig

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Wonton911

Jalapeno

OP

Craig (Cisco) wrote:

Hi Wonton, 

Happy you are considering Cisco and hope to earn your business.  You may want to shop more for the SX550X-24.

I see it for $2968 on Compusource.com   Nice price considering you get lifetime warranty, lifetime software updates, and one year free phone support.

https://www.compsource.com/buy/SX550X24FTK9NA/Cisco-91/?src=F

I see the SG250X for $645 on newegg.com.

Also nice is the management controller called FindIT that is build into the switch.   No need to install/operate a manager on a linux box or buy and maintain an external manager.

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/cloud-systems-management/findit-network-management/index.html

The license is free for the first 10 devices, and very reasonable for 11+.   Gives you a nice GUI to manage all the switches and tune the configuration.

Take care,

Craig

That's nice. I should look around more and maybe do a refurbished one if the price is good. Thanks Craig!

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Sarah for Linksys

Jalapeno

OP

Hey Wonton911​ it seems like you've already made your choice, however I did want to let you know that Linksys is having a sale on their switches right now so you might be able to get what you're looking for in a good price range. If you have any questions about them or would like a recommendation please feel free to message me! https://www.linksys.com/us/c/business-network-switches/

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Rony (IT Central Station)

Serrano

OP

To help with your research, you might find it helpful to read reviews for the top user-ranked Ethernet Switches on IT Central Station: https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/ethernet-switches/tzd/c942-sf-3

One review in particular might be useful to you regarding NETGEAR being compared to Cisco. This Operations Manager says:

"I looked at a lot of the competitors out there including NETGEAR vs Cisco Ethernet Switches and Barracuda; you name it. I looked at all the different switches. NETGEAR was the one that caught my eye, especially with that modular switch. I looked into Ubiquiti, but we already had Ubiquiti access points on the property. Personally, I didn't like the way that the controllers and the software were set up. I definitely like the NETGEAR stuff better. The price point, compared to a lot of the competitors that didn't have the modular switch, was about 20 to 30 percent less expensive. The functionality and the tech support were big things too, in my decision to go with NETGEAR." You can read the full review here: https://www.itcentralstation.com/product_reviews/netgear-ethernet-switches-review-54404-by-ryan-bask...

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In your quest of finding a Wi-Fi router for your home or office, Cisco and Netgear Switches are bound to pop up as they are two of the most popular and well-rated router manufacturer. This begs the question, which one reigns supreme?

Before settling on any one product or system for your connection needs, there are many elements you need to consider. While a budget might be limiting, you should not settle for poor quality. Whether you want a networking device for your home or office, poor connection can quite frustrating.

For Cisco and Netgear Switches, they are two quality options for your connectivity issues. They also rank highly on performance tests. To help you pick between the two, this guide is an overview of both highlighting their subtle differences as well as their features that stand out.

What are the differences between Cisco and Netgear Switches?

Model

Cisco (Winner) 

Netgear Switches

Production

Varied designs in models and series

Categorized by design

Affordability

High end prices

Variation of prices

Performance

U.S. distributor

U.S. distributor

Reliability

Stable and reliable performance for enterprise use

Steady performance mainly for home use

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Cisco vs. Netgear Switches – A look at how they differ

Production

Cisco has been in the networking industry since December 1984. From its inception, it has grown to the reputable company today with many products under its belt. Some of these include routers, switches and wired access points. They are designed for optimal performance.

For Netgear Switches they are developed in either an unmanaged model or one that is smart managed plus. For unmanaged Netgear Switch it offers a secure and reliable network without the need of special management software or configurations to have it up and running. Smart Managed Plus Netgear Switches, on the flipside, are produced to be an upgrade to unmanaged ones. They come with the basic options to configure, monitor and secure your network to your own preferences.

Performance

Cisco and Netgear Switches do not disappoint in their performance. They are mostly built for small to medium sized enterprises. Some of the features that make this possible for Netgear include the Netgear Insight app and Smart Cloud portal.

Cisco routers, on the flipside do come in sizes for all sorts of needs with most being best suited for complex and intense environments. One unique feature that cuts across board is the security features that offer ample security against cyber threats. The embedded security is able to decipher cyber threats within a few hours compared to other routers. This, couple with other specs ensures you get a good performance with this product.

Cisco Overview

Starting out in December 1984, as a mid-sized company, Cisco has grown in its reach and performance.

Nowadays, Cisco routers are mainly used by corporates like in offices or people with really large household. This is because they are built to handle environments that are usually resource intensive with their demands on the router.

Cisco routers are able to handle more than 500 users on its network both remotely and on-campus as well. This makes them ideal for commercial use. Depending on the kind of router you settle for, it might be overkill if you have a small household and you do not have many needs.

They also stand out for a number of reasons. First, the set up process is easy even with the IOS derivatives it comes with. Secondly, they are highly compatible with many systems including all routing standards and Cisco switches. The only downer with these routers is that they are quite technical and the documentation is not entirely simple. If you come across an issue, it can be quite overwhelming to troubleshoot. There is a need to be quite Cisco-savvy for smooth sailing with these routers.

Cisco RV042G

Cisco RV042G is a quality router that is a good fit for small businesses as well as home use. For instance, it is a good fit for a law firm that has anywhere between 20 and 100 users. It also works well in households too. Secondly, it comes with a fully functional VPN that can be tweaked to suit small enterprises. Regular firmware updates ensure the router runs perfectly all through.

In terms of its design, it is a single-band router that can deliver up to 300Mbps on its 2.4GHz band. As for its wireless compatibility, it works with 802.11a/b/g/n network standards. Coupled with the high-performance internal antennas, you can be assured of wide enough coverage in your entire area with minimal lags and buffering. For fast wired connections, Cisco RV042G comes with four Gigabit Ethernet ports with which you can connect wide devices for data transfer. In fact, the Ethernet ports fitted on this router are up to ten times faster than ordinary ports.

Other tech-specs include Quality of Service, Network Address Translation (NAT) and SPI firewall. This Cisco router therefore has security, coverage and blazing fast speeds covered. It is also compact-sized to be a good blend for right about any room you place it in.

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Cisco E4200

Cisco E4200 is a dual-band router in the Cisco line. It delivers on fast combined speeds of up to 750Mbps. The first band (2.4GHz) can speed up to 300 Mbps and the second band (5GHz) adds with fast speeds of up to 450Mbps. When working together, you can be assured that this Cisco E4200 can handle all tasks ranging from online gaming, web surfing and HD video streaming. It is able to do this with ease as the network bandwidth is able to handle the requirements.

As for its hardware features, Cisco E4200 comes with an in-built USB port for fast data transfer speeds between connected devices and an external storage device. It also has

It also has impressive software specs like the Cisco Connect that allows for easy installation and monitoring of your network. WAP/WPA2 encryption and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall also adds to the security features you get with Cisco E4200 assuring your network is protected from cyber- attacks. Like Cisco RV042G, this router also allows for Virtual Private Network (VPN) further adding to the protection you get with this router.

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Cisco Valet

Cisco-Valet Wireless Router
Cisco-Valet Wireless Router
  • Create a wireless hotspot in your home and connect your laptops, desktops, game consoles, and mobile...
  • Connect your wired devices to your Valet Plus for faster file transfers and streaming entertainment and...

Yet another quality router in the Cisco brand is the Cisco Valet which is a rather simple router that has formidable features to match. While it has lower speeds than Cisco E4200 (300Mbps) you can still be assured that this router can deliver on all you need like 4K video streaming and online gaming.

Beyond fast wireless speeds, Cisco Valet is fitted with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one Gigabit Wide Area Network (WAN) port for fast wired connections. These ports allow you to directly connect wired devices to the router so that you get fast data transfer speeds as well.

Cisco Valet also comes with the quality software specs like Cisco Connect which helps in making the set-up process pain-free and simple. Through Cisco Connect, you can manage this router and create a guest network as well. To add, you can monitor the working of your router like checking on the upload and download speeds you are running on at all times. Sold at a reasonable price, you can use the Cisco Valet to boost your home network.

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Netgear Switches – Overview

Netgear is well-known and reputable manufacturer that mainly deals with networking products ranging from those that are home-use (consumer level) to those that are great fits for enterprises (commercial use). Some of its most popular products include the Nighthawk router series, wireless VPN firewalls, adapters, NAS devices, and switches.

Netgear Switches like Netgear Pro Safe GS108 range from those that are for home use to those that are better suited for small businesses. No matter which one you settle for, Netgear Switches come with impressive features that cut across board. First, they do come in sleek, modern devices with the Netgear logo and name imprinted on it. The GS108, for example, has a stylish blue matte finish that keeps of the fingerprint marks. Most Netgear Switches are also compact-sized for easy use and placing around your home or office space.

Beyond their looks, Netgear Switches deliver on their performance. Whether you have it wall mounted or you place it somewhere on a horizontal surface, Netgear Switches ensure that you get stable connection throughout. Some versions come with an LED light to let you know on the status of your network at all times.

Here is a look at some of the Netgear Switches that have a lot going on for them.

Netgear Pro Safe

The Netgear Pro Safe is one of the most prominent Netgear Switches. It does come with a nice list of features like its network that is 10 Gigabit for up to eight devices. Secondly, it comes with Netgear Plus Utility that comes in handy to give you options to configure the switch to suit your preferences. It also has Link Aggregation which is useful.

Netgear Pro Safe also comes with a lifetime warranty provided you purchased the switch from a credible and authorized seller. To add, this Netgear Switch is quite reasonably priced compared to similar products with the same features.

To check on the performance you are getting with this switch, you can use the IxChariot software. It is useful tool for assessment as well as troubleshooting in case you run into mishaps. For example, applications such as VoIP might prove challenging given that they are rather new in the market.

The only downer of Netgear Pro Safe Switch is that older versions do not come with a web interface for easy monitoring of your system.

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Netgear 24p Gigabit POE with Smart Managed Pro

With 24 Gigabit ports, this is another Netgear Switch that offers a great performance. It has up to 256 VLAN and a POE budget of 190W. Together, this ensures you get stable and secure connections. As for its structure, Netgear 24p has the dimensions of 17.32 x 8.03 x 1.7 inches and it weighs 3.72lbs. This means that it is not unnecessarily heavy to place it around your home or office space.

In case of any issues, the Netgear Community is a gem. It has a private bug bounty program that helps Netgear find and fix any security loopholes that might be in your Netgear Switch.

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Netgear GS308 Unmanaged Switch

The Netgear 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch is a sturdy, noiseless and quality networking product. Wherever you place it, you are assured of minimal noise interruption while it powers on to give you stable connection. It works well in places that are noise sensitive like the workplace.

To add, this Netgear Switch is easy to use as all you need is to plug it in and play. The set-up process is pain-free as you do not need any configurations or software to have it up and running. You can also either mount it wherever you want.

With good customer ratings, this switch is bound to meet your needs and expectations. It also comes with an industry leading 3 year limited warranty on its hardware. This adds to the peace of mind you get using this switch.

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Now let’s compare these two Cisco and Netgear Switches brand models.

Model

Cisco Valet

Netgear Pro Safe

Chipset

BCM4716

BCM53128

Ports

4 Ethernet, 1 WAN port

10 Gigabit Ethernet

Dimensions

8 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches

9.4 x 6 x 2.4 inches

Speeds

300Mbps

300Mbps+

Accessories

Cisco Connect

Auto switching

Price

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Conclusion

Both these router companies have been in the market for quite a while. They have their own pros and cons as highlighted in this article. For Cisco, it makes an excellent choice for an organization that has many needs. For instance, they can host a company’s database without the need of paying hosting fees or cloud vendors. They also ensure maximum performance with good functionality, reliable speeds and security features. Netgear Switches, on the flipside, are mostly designed for enterprise set-ups. The offer stable, secure networking infrastructure for the entire area you place it in.

When it comes down to it, Cisco is the better company as it offers a wide array of routers to meet all kinds of client expectations.

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Vs netgear switches cisco

Are looking for a switch? Well, take a look as we provide a review of two of the largest manufacturers of switches and compare some of their most popular devices.

Cisco and Netgear have provided us with some of the best switches we have today. A switch is an unintelligent network device that is built for wired connections. We call unintelligent as there is no data processing or complex functions that goes on inside a switch. It is used to provide more ports for wired connections. Cisco has a dedicated brand for manufacturing switches known as Catalyst. The Cisco Catalyst is responsible for a number of other devices such as access points, wireless controllers and sometimes, wireless routers. Netgear on the other hand focuses mainly on high end performance switches. Top examples of netgear products include: Netgear GS108, Netgear JGS524 and Netgear GS308. The following tables highlights their major difference

What are the differences between Cisco and Netgear?

Brands

Cisco

Netgear

Specialty

Routers, bridges and switches, gateways/firewalls

Routers, mesh router systems, modems

Operating system

CAT or Cisco OS

NetgearOS or DD-WRT

LED Light Position

Around the top

Bottom front

Guest Networking

Yes

Yes

Type of address

MAC address

MAC address

Product

Check price

Check price

Cisco vs. Netgear – How do these switches compare?

Performance

Performance in a switch is quite different from other network devices. The reason for this is that switches do not perform any data processing therefore, performance for them is usually dependent on the speed on the ports. Gigabit ports come with different rating from 1 GB to 10 GB. Netgear focuses mainly on the performance than any other factor and because of this, have some of the best switches today. For instance, the Netgear GS308 switch features 10 GB Ethernet ports. Such high speeds are ideal for gaming and full 4K resolution streaming. Cisco on the other hand focus more on affordability and getting the job done. But they also have some high performance products such as the Cisco SG300 L3 switch which we’ll review later. All in all, Netgear switches provide higher speeds and offer better performance.

Ports

Since switches only support wired connections, they come with many ports. Their main purpose also is to provide additional ports for your devices. Because of this, they are fitted with an average of ten ports. Smaller home switches however have few ports, about four to eight while industrial switches may come with as many as 128 ports. Cisco switches generally have a higher count of ports than Netgear switches. And they do this at a lower cost. So if your main focus in connecting as many devices as possible, a Cisco switch would be your best choice

Managedand Unmanaged Switch

Switches are either unmanaged or managed. Unmanaged switches are easy to use and all you need to do is plug in the cables and turn on the device. Managed switches are complex and have to be stup manually by a network expert. And unlike unmanaged ones, they may feature a device software that runs it. Netgear switches are mostly unmanaged while Cisco strikes a nice balance of the two. You will therefore have a wider pool of Cisco switches to choose from. Otherwise, if you need an unmanaged switch, a Netgear is perfect for you.

Pricing

Price is a major factor when looking for a switch or any other network device for that matter. Netgear switches will cost you more compared to Cisco products with the same features and capabilities. This is partially due to Netgear’s reputation of making high end devices with superb durability. Cisco switches will get the job done at a lower price.

Design

Switches feature a common design for all brands. They are box shaped devices with metal casings and ports fitted across the device. Both Netgear and Cisco are similar in design with little tweaks in design for uniqueness.

Cisco vs Netgear – A comparison review

Ciscooverview

Cisco was one of the first companies to begin mass production of network switches. In the past, switches were very popular and were in use in all institutions and organizations. As time went by, Cisco developed a separate brand known as Catalyst to manufacture switches, access points and wireless controllers. Cisco switches are known for their durability, speed and ease of operation. They are equipped with a simple operating system known as CatOS and a newer CiscoOS. The OS eases the process of installation and management of the device. But perhaps the best thing about Cisco brand is that they provide both unmanaged and managed switches.

Cisco Systems 24-Port Gigabit SG11224NA switch

One of the best switches you can buy for your home is the Cisco SG11224NA switch. It is a monstrosity of a device with a large rectangular box design with a whopping 24 ports on the front of the device. The switch features a strong metal casing covering that ensures durability and protection on inner components from dust. The switch is a plug and play meaning all you have to do is connect your cables and turn it on. It is built for powerful and intensive speeds with 2 GB Ethernet ports. It also feature two SFB ports. When it comes to design, there is not much to see here. It is a black device with serrated sides for cooling and a metallic casing for durability. Other wonderful features we loved include: energy saving technology, lifetime warranty and protection and zero configuration requirements. Lastly, the CiscoSG11224NA is built for small office workspaces and homes.

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Cisco SG300-28 L3 Ethernet Switch

It would be difficult to mention Cisco switches without mentioning the SG300 L3 switch. Not only is it the best Cisco switch today, but also the most recent. This model is part of the SG300 Cisco series and features 28 ports. Because of this, it is the best solution for small businesses and small offices. The L3 in the name stands for the layer in which the switch operates. This means that is operates on the physical layer. Being a managed switch, it may tough to setup this switch and you may need the services of a qualified network technician.

The design of the SG300 L3 is nothing out of the ordinary. It is a metallic rectangular case that’s light grey in color and a black frontal. It is also quite large to accommodate the many ports. The unit measures 17.3 x 10.1 x 1.7 with a weight of about 8.6 pounds which is rather heavy. It doesn’t come with rubber paddings at the bottom for grip and may slide off a smooth surface. There is a power port and holes for cooling at the back of the unit. Two LEDs are located at the front to indicate connections. Solid green color means that the connection is at 1000 Mbps while no color (off) means the connection is under 1000 Mbps

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Netgear – Overview

If you want a reliable, durable and fast speed switch, Netgear has something for you. The company manufactures switches of all ranges from small home units to large and powerful switches for industries and institutions such as schools. Netgear switches are powered by a robust operating system known as NetgearOS. They may also use DD-WRT which is more prevalent in devices such as routers. Other products they manufacture include: physical gateways, cable modems, routers, bridges and hubs. If you’re looking for a router, there is Netgear product that is perfect for you and suits all your needs.The following are some of their best products

Netgear Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch GS108

TheNetgear GS108 switch is also known for its great performance and this is the main reason we featured it. It can handle heavy traffic without breaking a sweat and run continuously for hours on end. It also comes with a secure Kensington lock for security and safety. The product comes with lifetime warranty and high speed. On paper, the switch states that it can reach up to 16 Gbps which is ideal for office and workplace setups. Other features include: plug and play, it comes with an internet splitter and allows you to find other switches in the network

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Netgear GS308 Ethernet Switch

The Netgear GS308 is built for small to medium sized offices and homes. It comes with eight ports for fast and quick gigabit connections. One of the best features of this switch however is the sturdy design and construction it uses. The GS308 has amazing durability because of this and has been reported to last for ten years without faults. The exterior is built from metal for the ultimate durable product.

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Model

Netgear Gigabit Ethernet Switch GS108

Cisco SG300-28 L3 Ethernet Switch

Ports

8

28

Speed

Up to 1 Gbps

1 Gbps

Type

Unmanaged

Managed

Size

5.2 x 5 x 2.1 inches

17.3 x 10.1 x 1.7 inches

Color

Black

Light grey

Availability

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Conclusion

The Netgear GS108 is a great choice for anyone looking simply for extension ports for small network setups such as homes or small office. It is cheap and features decent performance. It is also a plug and play device. Cisco’s SG300 is a much more professional option and needs the knowledge of networking to setup. It is good for business enterprises.

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