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Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is #8 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. IT Central Station users give Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is most commonly compared to NETGEAR Switches:Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs NETGEAR Switches. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 28% of all views.
What is Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches?
Linksys Ethernet Switches bring greater reliability and coverage to your home network.

Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is also known as Linksys Ethernet Switches.

Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches pricing:
  • "The licensing cost is not bad and is actually very competitive within the product category."
  • "There can be limited features for the solution based on the pricing of the package you choose. You will need to pay more to get more performance. However, the router can perform even better with certain extra costs. Sometimes the budgets do not fit all these types of upgrades that become expensive."
  • "They are cheaper than Cisco Catalyst Switches."

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Akram Khan
Director of Information Technology at UniTeller Financial Services
Real User
Top 5
Easy-to-use, with great product support, this versatile, mature product is a multi-faceted solution

Pros and Cons

  • "Ease-of-use and ease-of-management are good qualities of this product."
  • "The Cisco user interfaces can be difficult to use and maintain."

What is our primary use case?

I have been in so many situations using this product it is hard to choose a primary use. I have worked for many companies, so we have used them as access switches, we have used them as distribution switches, we have used them as IDF (Intermediate Distribution Frame) closets for floor switches. We have used them as code switches and clusters and chassis. I have gone through using all the different versions of switches in many scenarios, like remote offices, access to quotas for distribution. I have used the switches on every level and in exhaustive possibilities.  

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable feature of Cisco Switches is basically the ease of use, the ease of management. The most important thing may be the support. Support is available and having access to good support has been the difference all along as a user of Cisco products. The most important thing about product support is that everything is made very available. Most of this stuff — I would say more than 90% of the technical stuff — is available online. Anybody can just go online and Google their questions, problems, or what they want to find out about and just download the documents and then get to work with the product. Some other products are good products, but there is not so much good technical information out there to support the products. Those products become less useful and less fully utilized.  

What needs improvement?

I think that Cisco UI interfaces need to be a little better. They use Java for parts of the graphical user interfaces and that messes up things from time-to-time. It is very hard to maintain that graphical user interface. If it would be anything but Java it would be better. Like if you could just access the GUI from a browser, that would be wonderful. But every time Cisco has their own product — like CCP (Cisco Configuration Professional) which is a nightmare to use.  

What I believe they could do more with is enhancement of the security features. The security controls that are given to users with Cisco 4600 now can be integrated with the Cisco firewalls. I think something similar needs to be done on those Lynksys models as well.  

For how long have I used the solution?

It feels like we have been using Cisco Switches forever. I have been using their products since I started my career and that was back in 1988. That makes it about 32 years now.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco Lynksys Switches are pretty stable. No complaints. I think, in general, the majority of the Cisco switches are very stable if not all of them.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easy to scale the Cisco products, absolutely. There are a variety of ways to scale it.  

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco has good technical support. But Cisco is also an advantage when you go out and you want to hire someone for your group to work with the product. For Cisco products, you can find a lot of candidates with experience. If you go with some other products that are not so commonly used, they will not have as many available certified technical people. So it is not as easy to find good candidates for those other products. For Cisco, you can find a lot of people with the necessary skill set.  

Technical support is one of the biggest reasons to go with Cisco as a mature and competitive product that is familiar and generally has good support.  

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

I have been using Cisco products for my entire long career. They are not exactly the same product for the entire time but they are Cisco quality. If there is a switch between solutions it may be to upgrade or because I moved companies or that requirements change. It has been nothing unusual to switch using one Cisco product for another.  

How was the initial setup?

I think it is pretty straightforward to set up and implement. I think they are pretty standard. It is not rocket science. The person doing the work should have some basic knowledge of working with switches. That would be all they need.  

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

When it comes to pricing, I think the licensing cost is not that bad. It is actually very competitive within the product category.  

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would offer to others in implementing Cisco Lynksys Switches is that somebody on the team has to be well aware of basic networking and how the search network works. That will make them easier to use and implement.  

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches depending on the class. For example, I think the Cisco 9300s are almost an eight-out-of-ten.  

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Public Cloud
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AB
DGM Programming at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Reliable hardware that does its job so you can do yours

Pros and Cons

  • "My work is able to continue because the switches are reliable."
  • "The simplicity of management could be improved so the object-based switch management is possible."

What is our primary use case?

In our environment, we are using Cisco switches in Visio clusters. We are using Dell servers, and we are using Dell Precision workstations. I do not remember the model number of the Cisco switches. We are using the Cisco network series of switches and they are the L2 class. I think they are the 2960 series of switches.  

At present, our company policy does not allow us to host any of our data on the public cloud. We are revising the information security policy. Until this new policy comes into effect, we will not be able to go into the public cloud.  

In the end, the switches will continue to be a component of data interpretation in our environment.  

What is most valuable?

My work is able to continue because the switches are reliable. That is mostly what is important to me. I can not say that I like the product more than other switches because I have not worked with other switches in a long time and I have not had any difficulty with these. They are working fine right now and the support is good for so far.  

What needs improvement?

In particular, the simplicity of management could be improved. At present, all these switches require a software layer. For example, I am asking for the SDN (Software Defined Networking) for managing a network-based project. Similarly, I would like to get the SDS (Smart Distributed System) for storage projects. Managing things is a little bit difficult, definitely. So, manageability can be improved. At the individual product level, an improvement to the difficulty of management will be very helpful for admin users.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I think we have been using these Lynksys Ethernet switches for five or six years, but as far as Cisco products are concerned, we have been using Cisco products for a much longer time.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Overall, my organization has more than 30 or 40 work centers, data centers, and more than about 15 or 20,000 users. It is not possible to tell the exact number of end-users. So we are already running on a large scale. Our plans are to subscribe to a private cloud. By that, I mean we plan to convert the whole data center to cloud services. As far as the technical capabilities are concerned, Cisco Lynksys switches will be something we can still use. Commercially, I do not know if they are feasible. I already talked to a Cisco person about the technical qualifications and he assured me that the product qualifies technically.  

How are customer service and technical support?

Personally, I have never taken any personal support, because I have a different team. But there definitely has been no complaint regarding the Cisco support. I cannot say every customer gets the same support, but at our company we definitely have got good support.  

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

We use L3 switches in one of the Nexus series of switches. I do not remember the series. We use them concurrently. It depends on the situation.  

How was the initial setup?

It is a little difficult to answer if it is straightforward or complex because some parts are easy and some parts are difficult. Also, it will not be possible for me to say first-hand, because when the deployment was going on, I was not here.  

Nowadays everything is software-driven. Even network products are configured through NFS (Network File System). Because we have to configure each individual switch, which makes it more complex. Once you are on object-based storage like SDN, it becomes easy to manage things. Most of the time, it is manageability which is complex. It is not the product which is giving us any problems. Managing every little product one-at-a-time is difficult. With something like SDN, or these types of alternative management systems, we can manage all these things through a single software interface — a single pane of glass — that becomes easy.  

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product for other users who want to start using it. We do not have anything negative to say about the product and it has been serving us well. There would be no reason not to recommend it.  

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate this product from my perspective as a nine-out-of-ten. It would be very difficult for me to give it a higher rating. There are parts of it that can be improved.  

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AT
Data Communication and Networking Officer at a aerospace/defense firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Full comparability across the network, feature rich, and highly reliable

Pros and Cons

  • "I have found the solution has great standards and compatibility across all vendors."

    What is our primary use case?

    My company uses the solutions as a traditional network switch.

    What is most valuable?

    I have found the solution has great standards and compatibility across all vendors. I learned Cisco command and configuration in university and this is why this solution is easy to use for me than other vendors' devices. There are plenty of standard features that are available and the solution is secure.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for seven years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is extremely stable and reliable. I have some Cisco devices that have been operating and fully functional for 10 years without any issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have approximately 300 branches across the country that has many thousands using the solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation was easy. There are many phases of the install process. First I had to prepare a configuration template in the workplace for the networking team. I can use this configuration template to deploy a lot of Linksys solutions. I know where, when, and how to lead these deployments to have a properly configured Cisco solution. If I have a configuration template it only takes approximately 30 minutes to load and configure the devices. At this point, the device needs to be taken to where it can be installed, this can take approximately 10 minutes. The length of time is dependant on the environment of the install. For example, what types of location is it being installed in and the complexity of cable wiring in each branch of the router.

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

    There can be limited features for the solution based on the pricing of the package you choose. You will need to pay more to get more performance. However, the router can perform even better with certain extra costs. For example, if you can perform 200 Mbps throughput but I want a 1 Gbps throughput, I have to pay more or purchase more licenses. Additionally, If I want to use the SD-WAN feature, I have to purchase a different license and install the operating license. Sometimes the budgets do not fit all these types of upgrades that become expensive.

    We are on a yearly license for this solution. We have a procurement process in which we have to plan ahead one to two years. We have to determine which branches have to support the data communication network and have a proposal for the future to be agreed upon. If no agreement is made, then we have to continue the procurement process for an eventual successful agreement in the future.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I was evaluating the SD-WAN solution from many vendors. The SD-WAN solution is going to have better features and will benefit in the future. I do not think we could ascertain the solution without a high budget. Many vendors offer the solution, such as Cisco.

    What other advice do I have?

    Cisco is well-known, reliable, and stable for networking solutions. I am going to continue to use this solution. However, I will also use some other vendor devices that have some features that Cisco might not be able to support. 90% of my private network is using Cisco devices with other solutions. 

    I would recommend this solution to others. Overall this is the best solution but the price is a little high.

    I rate Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches an eight out of ten.

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    JC
    CIO at a aerospace/defense firm with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Stable, reliable, and offers good upgrades

    Pros and Cons

    • "We have found the stability to be excellent."
    • "We'd prefer if the product, in general, was easier to use. It can be a bit difficult."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution to link our three locals that are in different places. They connect to similar networks. It works with data and voice as well. I'm not exactly sure of the details there as that service is supplied by our operator.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution offers good upgrades. In the past, we had issues with voice communications, and they did some updates that removed the problem. Now, it's much better.

    The product is quite stable and reliable.

    Technical support is very helpful and responsive.

    What needs improvement?

    We would like Cisco to make it easier to work with them. We'd prefer if the product, in general, was easier to use. It can be a bit difficult.

    Although I didn't directly handle the implementation, the process does not look easy.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    The product is a holdout from our old communications operator. The operator has worked with us since 1990.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We have found the stability to be excellent. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's been great.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution might be salable. I'm not sure due to the fact that it's not our responsibility. It's the responsibility of our operator, and therefore we don't have all details. We only want everything to work. We don't necessarily care about the details per se. They take on most of the responsibilities in that sense.  

    We have about 60 users on the solution at this time.

    We do not have plans to increase usage right now.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I've had good experiences with technical support. they respond in a timely manner and are very helpful. We're satisfied with the level of attention we get when we need help.

    How was the initial setup?

    I did not directly handle the initial setup. However, from the outside, it did look like it was rather complex and difficult. It didn't strike me as being straightforward or simple. 

    I'm not sure how long the deployment actually took.

    We don't really have anyone on our team that directly handles maintenance.

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

    I cannot directly speak to the costs or the licensing agreements that are in place. That's something our supplier deals with. I don't have a real sense of how it works. It's not part of my responsibility.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm not 100% certain that we are using the latest version of the solution. It might be an older one.

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've largely been quite happy with its capabilities so far.

    I'd recommend it to other users and organizations.

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    YS
    Lead Presales at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable with good pricing and a simple setup

    Pros and Cons

    • "The installation process is straightforward."
    • "The licensing could be simplified."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution for switches.

    What is most valuable?

    Linksys is stable. 

    In SMB customers the price is good.

    With Cisco, clients have a lifetime warranty.

    The features have been done very well.

    There isn't any further development required at this time. It's a good solution and it's doing very well.

    The installation process is straightforward. 

    What needs improvement?

    The only thing is that the sizing is important in Linksys. If the sizing is wrong, you can run into issues.

    The licensing could be simplified.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've been using the solution for five years. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    With the solution, it's all about the sizing. the sizing for the client needs to be right.

    We have 15 to 20 customers on this solution currently.

    How are customer service and support?

    We've dealt with technical support in the past. Normally, if the access switch has some issues, we have to contact support. They give good support. We are quite satisfied with them.

    Even their hardware replacement is also good.

    Even in RMA, they can give you delivery within two or three days, and sometimes on the same day.

    They are very fast and quite knowledgeable.

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

    All of our SMB customers are using only SG switches, such as Cisco SG switches or Linksys switches. Those switches are running products in the market. It is a stock-and-sell solution. In the last five or six years, we have started a networking business, and from that day we have been working with SG. We've been working with Catalyst and Cisco Nexus for three years and Huawei and other Enterprise solutions, five or six years.

    How was the initial setup?

    We find the implementation to be very straightforward and simple. It's not overly complex or difficult. 

    Clients are using it as an access switch and it doesn't take much time. You need to just connect to the network and put in a few commands to VLAN or use VLAN tagging. One day is more than enough for implementation. It's very fast.

    One engineer is enough for deployment and maintenance.

    What about the implementation team?

    As integrators, we can handle the implementation process for clients. 

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

    The pricing is very reasonable. We have no complaints. 

    The licensing is subscription-based. The renewal can be a little bit tricky. That said, it is industry standard practice.

    What other advice do I have?

    We're an integrator of Linksys.

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

    I would definitely recommend this product to other companies or end-users. 

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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    KK
    Senior Specialist ICT/ISP Services at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Inexpensive and easy to use with excellent stability

    Pros and Cons

    • "The scalability is great."
    • "It would be ideal if, for private users that are not companies, the solution could be made even cheaper."

    What is our primary use case?

    I primarily use the solution for my personal equipment.

    What is most valuable?

    Linksys is quite cheap for private use. Usually people use it in homes or other, for example, in-home setups.

    The stability is very good. I like the excellent performance. 

    The solution is easy to use. 

    The scalability is great.

    What needs improvement?

    It would be ideal if, for private users that are not companies, the solution could be made even cheaper.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for a few years now. I tend to use solutions until they reach end-of-life.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is quite good. That said, a few times, if my computer has some problems with internet connection, I'll restart the modem and restart the router and everything will be up. It's quite good in terms of performance.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale well. For me, it works well and I have no complaints.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I haven't had any issues with the solution and therefore have never had the need to reach out to technical support. I cannot speak to thier level of helpfulness or responsiveness.

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

    My Lynksys router is pretty old. I can't recall what I had before, however, if I do need to replace it, I may look to see what else is on the market.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is pretty straightforward. i'm a network engineer, and therefore, I don't face any issues. It's not complex at all.

    What about the implementation team?

    I'm able to set up the solution on my own. I don't need any integrators or consultants to help me.

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

    The solution is extremely inexpensive. It's great for small setups as it doesn't cost too much.

    As I just use it for personal use, I do not pay for a commercial license. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Typically, when I need to replace my equipment, I will do some research to find the best technology and rates. My router is now pretty old and I will be looking to evaluate new solutions in the near future.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm a customer and an end-user. I don't have a business relationship with the company.

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. I've been quite happy with its capabilities.

    I'd recommend the solution to other users.

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    Access Network Operations Unit Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Straightforward to set up, and works well for our network core and distribution layers

    Pros and Cons

    • "Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches are pretty good overall."
    • "We are expecting one software that can run across all of Cisco hardware, software, and Cisco Switch router, similar to what Juniper has."

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case of this solution is for the core and distribution layers.

    It's used for normal switching and access. We are only using it with the data center model to have a distribution layer, core layer, and access layer.

    What is most valuable?

    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches are pretty good overall.

    What needs improvement?

    There is a lot of competition between Cisco, Juniper, and other switches such as Extreme. Our IT team is comfortable with Cisco switches, but the only problem is that there are many different versions of software that can be used across different platforms of Cisco, and normally with other vendors, we have a unified software that is running across different platforms, but Cisco does not.

    We are expecting one software that can run across all of Cisco hardware, software, and Cisco Switch router, similar to what Juniper has. 

    They are stable, but not as good as Juniper, they could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been working with Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches for more than 15 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches are stable, but if you are comparing with Juniper, from the routers and switches, Juniper is more stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable product. In our organization, we have approximately 50 people using it.

    We plan to continue using Cisco switches and we are expanding every year.

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

    We have diversity in our network. Usually, we have at least two vendors.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward.

    Deployment time depends on the criticality of the location we are installing these boxes. For example, if it is a greenfield, it can take one or two days, and it is a capital location such as a data center it can take some time for measuring and configuration from the old networks to the new network, which would take two or three weeks.

    We have a team of many experts who work here.

    The deployment team is made up of an engineering team and a deployment team. Also, we have a rollout team for stacking and racking who are technicians.

    What about the implementation team?

    We did not use a vendor or reseller. We use our experts in our network who have excellent experience with every Cisco product.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches for anyone who is interested in using this solution.

    I would rate Cisco switches a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    EG
    Information Security Officer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Good for connecting users and very stable, but their performance needs to be improved

    Pros and Cons

    • "They are good for connecting users. These switches are very stable. We have been using them for three years, and we haven't had any problems."
    • "Their performance should be improved."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use these switches only as access switches to connect end users. We mostly use Cisco for all of our infrastructure, so these switches are used everywhere as access switches.

    How has it helped my organization?

     

    What is most valuable?

    They are good for connecting users. These switches are very stable. We have been using them for three years, and we haven't had any problems.

    Having 48 POE ports is a very good feature

    What needs improvement?

    Their performance should be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    They are very stable. We had to do a restart once in six months or one year, but it's not a problem.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We only use them for connecting users. We have about 200 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have opened a case with them for the FirePOWER services, not for Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches, and this is the first time that I haven't got a response. It has been a week since I've sent the request, which was just a question, but I haven't got any response so far. For the previous cases that I had with tech support, they were very quick.

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

    We also use Cisco Catalyst Switches. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches require a lot of work as compared to Cisco Catalyst Switches. Cisco Catalyst Switches are much better and more expensive than Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches.

    How was the initial setup?

    If you have experience in working with Cisco solutions, the initial setup is easy. Otherwise, it may be complicated.

    The deployment doesn't take a long time. We already have the guidelines, and we have been doing it and using Cisco for a long time. It usually takes a maximum of one hour to configure the switches. Two people will be enough for deploying these switches.

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

    They are cheaper than Cisco Catalyst Switches.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend these switches to others. We plan to keep using them.

    I would rate Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches a seven out of ten. We are happy with them.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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