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Muhammed Eslami
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scalable And Stable With Great Security Features for SMBs
Pros and Cons
  • "I have found their security features the most valuable. These security features are supported on most of the other features. Similarly, the protocols and the standards are supported on other features, such as the stacking feature, the availability feature, internet channel, link application, and protocols. There are so many features on these features."
  • "It would be nice if they can provide support for local authentication protocol, which is a security feature. It is not supported right now. They already support security features, so adding some local authentication features would be very nice. Currently, they only support external databases for the stuff for the authentication feature. If they could improve the existing feature or add a feature to support local databases, local username, password authentication, I think it would be very amazing."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use cases are for SMBs inside the local area networks and for a LAN switch near two or three switches.

What is most valuable?

I have found their security features the most valuable. These security features are supported on most of the other features. Similarly, the protocols and the standards are supported on other features, such as the cascading feature, the availability feature, and protocols.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if they can provide support for local authentication protocol, which is a security feature. It is not supported for 802.1X feature. They already support security features, so adding some local authentication features would be very nice.

Actually this should be done by Belkin, as you know Belkin acquired Linksys from Cisco Systems on 2013, so it would be nice if Linksys or Belkin could do these enhancements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the Cisco Ethernet Switches for about 20 years. I have used the Cisco 1900 series switches, the lower end switches up to 6500 series, and also the Linksys switches.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco and Linksys Ethernet Switches both are stable. They do a relatively stable job.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches are scalable, and they support stacking like feature that's called cascading.

How are customer service and technical support?

It depends completely on your agreement or your contract type.

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


How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of Cisco switches is actually complex. But Linksys switches are easy to setup, that's why I recommend using these devices in SMB environments.

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

From cost and pricing perspective, they are relatively cheaper than Cisco switches.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product. I have experience in using just Cisco switches, so I don't think that I'm going to replace them with any other vendor and use something else. But for SMBs, I think Belkin or Linksys switches are also fine,because their lower cist and also features they support.

I would rate Linksys Ethernet Switches a ten out of ten for SMB environments.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Sambasiva Rao Venigalla
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable and flexible with pretty good pricing
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is very flexible."
  • "You do need a bit of knowledge about the solution. There's a small learning curve involved when implementing the product."

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution to design campus-wide networks. We use the solution for low-cost ethernet connections. We use them from the routing ports.

What is most valuable?

The cost of the solution is very low.

The solution is very flexible.

It's quite stable.

It's very easy to install the solution.

Technical support has been very good.

What needs improvement?

You do need a bit of knowledge about the solution. There's a small learning curve involved when implementing the product.

While the pricing is pretty good, it could always be a bit less expensive. If you look at HPE, for example, it offers very competitive pricing. If they want to compete they should ty to do so by matching that pricing.

Occasionally, if the temperatures are too high, it initiates a reboot.

The capacity of the switches could be a bit better.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for a few small projects for a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is excellent. There aren't really any issues. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's not buggy. It's reliable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've dealt with technical support in the past and have found them to be quite good. They're reliable and helpful. We're satisfied with the service they offer.

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

We use Meraki switches as well.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is not complex at all. It's very easy. We didn't have any issues deploying the solution across our network.

That said, you do need proper knowledge of the product before you begin deployment. It's much better if you know what you are doing before you begin implementation.

YOu only really need two to three users for deployment and maintenance.

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

The pricing is pretty good. It's a fairly low-cost option. We find the licensing reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've been largely happy with the product and how it operates.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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RitamMukherjee
Chief Technology Officer at Sharva Group
Real User
Top 5
Easy to scale, provides good security, and we are happy with the support
Pros and Cons
  • "What matters most to me is the security of the product, and Cisco does a pretty good job."
  • "Technical documents and other configuration-related information should be more freely available online."

What is our primary use case?

I support clients who are doing software development and they have their own servers, so we maintain the Cisco network for them. These switches are what they use in the network infrastructure.

These are small startups that cannot be on the cloud because of local government regulations. As such, they need to have their own switches and routers.

What is most valuable?

What matters most to me is the security of the product, and Cisco does a pretty good job.

What needs improvement?

The Cisco deployment instructions are not very easily available outside of the certification courses. It would be a very good thing if somebody without Cisco certification could learn the system. If Cisco adopted a more open-source mindset, I would personally prefer that.

Technical documents and other configuration-related information should be more freely available online.

The user interface can be improved, although I cannot specifically suggest in which ways. Simply put, anything can be made more intuitive. Even the Apple iPhone can be made better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Linksys Switches for seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco is a very stable product. I don't know anybody on the planet who says that Cisco makes unstable systems

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a very scalable product. That is the biggest reason we deploy Cisco. It's very easy to scale up. We have about 500 users that might connect to the network.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are very happy with the support service. I have no concerns with them.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment, testing, and auditing of a new network will take from two to three days to complete.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team handles the installation. Once it is complete, I take care of the next steps.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, we are very happy with Cisco products and I recommend these switches.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Ahmed_Soliman
Senior Information Technology Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Real User
A fast initial setup, easy to configure and good technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "It's very easy to configure URLs."
  • "The solution's framework and some of the techniques need improvement. I've been watching Aruba, and they have a lot of technologies within the access points. For example, it has a virtual controller to connect all Aruba switches."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for configuring Linksys IDs with the lines on Linksys access points. I make a cluster for all access points of Linksys to control them from one master. 

What is most valuable?

It's very easy to configure URLs.

What needs improvement?

The stability of the solution needs improvement. There's a problem with disconnecting the network. I have to restart it and set it correctly again. After a while, it disconnects again and I have to report it once more.

The solution's framework and some of the techniques need improvement. I've been watching Aruba, and they have a lot of technologies within the access points. For example, it has a virtual controller to connect all Aruba switches. 

Sharing access, sharing Wi-Fi or access IDs would be great.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've been satisfied with the level of stability of the solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay; it covers a large area. Right now, we have about 100 users connected to it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been okay.

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

We also use Aruba. We use both solutions consecutively.

How was the initial setup?

For those with IT knowledge, the initial setup is easy. Those without IT knowledge will struggle quite a bit. Certain aspects like using an adapter to connect to the laptop and connect the IP and configure it will be difficult to learn. Deployment and proper configuration only take about 10-15 minutes for those that know what they are doing.

What about the implementation team?

I handled the implementation myself.

What other advice do I have?

I'd advise others to carefully read the datasheet of Linksys and all the tools. It's also a good idea to make a thorough analysis of the company so that you'll know what size you will use and which solution to work with. 

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Managing Director at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Includes basic firewall and VPN features, but the interface is outdated and there is no reporting
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is basic networking functionality."
  • "This product does not generate reports, so I would like to see something with better reporting."

What is our primary use case?

We use these switches for basic networking, including firewall and VPN features.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is basic networking functionality.

What needs improvement?

The interface is pretty outdated. I'm sure that there are newer technologies and newer interfaces available now.

This product does not generate reports, so I would like to see something with better reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches for between 15 and 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The functionality and stability need to be improved, more than, for example, the price.

When we have an issue, we can't figure out where it is. It is very difficult because there is no straightforward reporting to tell us about problems or a bottleneck. We have to rely on third-party software for this, so it's not easy for us to figure out.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are a small company and have not needed to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have local support that not directly from Cisco, but from a third-party.

I find that they make things unnecessarily complicated. I believe the support could be much simpler, faster, and better.

How was the initial setup?

These devices are simple, but at the same time, they are a bit complex. The initial setup is not that straightforward.

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

Considering the problems that we have, Linksys is overpriced.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have not used other products but from my research, it seems that Aruba and Ubiquiti have been solutions. Compared to other products, Linksys is less than average.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is not to use Linksys. I would not recommend it. I've used it in different places and the stability of Linksys is always a question mark.

I would rate this solution a four out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Miguel Angel Alvarez
CEO at Data Keeper
Reseller
Top 20
Cost effective and good for small businesses but not flexible in terms of configuration
Pros and Cons
  • "For a home or small business, the solution offers a very good web interface."
  • "It would be ideal if they could do more configurations and offer more flexibility. Right now, it's not flexible at all."

What is most valuable?

The solution is a very good cost-effective product. It has the reputation of a Cisco system, however, it's provided at a much smaller price.

For a home or small business, the solution offers a very good web interface.

What needs improvement?

We've realized that the solution is a very different product from other larger Cisco offerings, even though it's sort-of marketed as a cost-effective alternative for those that need something smaller.

It would be ideal if they could do more configurations and offer more flexibility. Right now, it's not flexible at all.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been working with the solution for about seven or eight years at this point. It's been quite a while. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. That's not a problem. It doesn't have bugs or glitches or suffer from crashes. It's pretty reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As far as I understand it, the solution isn't too scalable. The hardware isn't really intended to expand out. It works well for a home or small business, however, it's not really acceptable for a large-scale enterprise.

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

We only really work with Cisco. However, we are currently looking for alternatives.

That said, it's rare we move off of Cisco and work with another company. 

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller. We work almost exclusively with Cisco.

We are also working with Cisco in providing networking, wireless, WiFi, and everything related to them that works within security. We don't work with Meraki, however. We prefer standard networking devices. We're not comfortable with cloud administration. 

We work with small businesses and small firewalls when we use this product and we only really use this particular solution on a few of our projects.

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the solution at a seven.

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On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller
Network Security Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Reasonably priced with good virtualization and micro-segmentation features
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are virtualization and micro-segmentation."
  • "The user interface needs a lot of improvement."

What is our primary use case?

We are an IT company and we configure these switches for our clients. The environment varies depending on the client and their requirements.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are virtualization and micro-segmentation.

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs a lot of improvement.

The enterprise-level and data center products need to be improved.

The command-line interface could be more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Linksys Ethernet switches for the past 14 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Linksys switches are pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With respect to scalability, some features such as stacking are missing. Linksys has to work on this technology, especially for a scalable stack. This product is best suited to home users and small offices.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never had to contact technical support directly. I have been able to configure these devices using the administration guide.

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

I have worked with multiple switches from multiple vendors. These include Cisco enterprise-level switches like the Catalyst and the 6500 series. I have worked with Acer routers, HP enterprise-level switches, Dell S-series and N-series, Juniper's MX series routers and EX series switches, and Huawei's S-Series switches and NE-Series routers.

How was the initial setup?

This product is very easy to deploy and any home user can do it. For the typical home user, I don't think that it would take more than a day to set up and deploy.

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

The price of Linksys products is pretty reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is that it is well-suited for home uses and small businesses. My only complaints are about the user interface and the stacking capabilities.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Owner at it logic
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A good product that is stable and has a lot of demand
Pros and Cons
  • "It is a stable and good product."
  • "It should be cheaper. We need a better price from Cisco. Its initial setup and support should also be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We sell Cisco switches and routers. In unmanaged switches, we sell Linksys. In India, there are only a few models available in Linksys. Nowadays, they are only selling Wi-Fi routers and switches in the name of Linksys. Other products are available under the brand name Cisco.

We are using Cisco products for the core banking sector. We are using Linksys products in educational institutes and small enterprises because Linksys products are cheaper than Cisco switches.

What is most valuable?

It is a stable and good product.

What needs improvement?

It should be cheaper. We need a better price from Cisco.

Its initial setup and support should also be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been selling Linksys switches for the past 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco's live support is not so good in India. It takes too much time. When you send a mail to Cisco or you go for live support, it takes a lot of time to get support from Cisco. They should be faster as well as more knowledgeable and customer friendly.

How was the initial setup?

It is never easy to add a Cisco switch because they only come with a command-line interface. Cisco switches are using the command-line interface because of security reasons, which is okay and not a problem, but they are not easy to install.

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

It is costly. Because of its pricing, customers are not ready to buy Cisco solutions, and they are going for other brands.

What other advice do I have?

In India, 50% of customers are using Cisco, and the remaining 50% of customers use other products. We will keep on using this solution because it has a never-ending demand from our customers. 

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. It is a stable product.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
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