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Netgear vs Dell switches.

I am currently looking into getting a couple new switches for our network.
Right now we have all Netgear switches, and havent had any major problems to date.
I am looking at the Dell PowerConnect 2724 and the NETGEAR GS724T 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch.

Which one would you get.  (we cant/dont want to afford cisco just yet)
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simsjrg

8/22/2022 - Mon
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simsjrg

I would say go with what you know. Personally I prefer Dell over Netgear but would take an Extreme Networks or Cisco switch in a heartbeat. I have used Dell switches and I can't really complain. For the price they do the job... I just have a problem looking at anything Netgear because in the back of my mind i remember horror stories regarding their SOHO equipment.
edentone

I agree with simsjrg. Go with Dell over Netgear because they normally offer management functionality that the others do not. Their web management is decent and they normally are well within the price range of most smaller offices and can span well if you get bigger. They also tend to do better when it comes to VLANs.

Finally, support is very good on Dell's switching side of the place, whereas Netgear's is ok for most of the basic stuff, but things like setting up VLANs and special settings can get a little harry for the techs there. They tend to answer supprot issues that deal with power cycling the device many times. That has been my personal experience.

Good luck!

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pseudocyber

My rule of thumb is to buy network gear from network companies, and computer gear from computer companies.
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simsjrg

> My rule of thumb is to buy network gear from network companies, and computer gear from computer companies.

I would tend to agree with this but all or at least most Dell switches are just rebadged Avocent hardware.