Is HP router/switch configuration similar to Cisco's?

It is turning out for a project to network a building that HP would be more cost effective and a better option than Cisco.

I have no idea if HP CLI is similar to Cisco. Does anyone have any idea?

For the project, I need POE/POE+ devices such as a Wireless N Access Point, Switch, IP Security Camera, IP Phones and router.

As for the HP devices, it has been suggested and I may choose these items.
1. HP ProCurve  MSM422 Access Point
2.  HP ProCurve MSM710 Mobility Controller
3. HP ProCurve Switch 3500 POE+ 24 port/or Switch 2910al POE+ 24 port
4. HP ProCurve Secure Router 7000dl
5. IP phones and IP cameras stilling looking
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They can be, depending on the model.  We use a lot of procurve switches where I work, and have been very happy with the performance and stability.  Some of the configurations are very similar, some are quite different.  Check out this link at HP's site for some config examples:

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I´d recommend Cisco for the routing, and HP for switching. When the environment gets bigger, and the needed functionalitys grow, HP (in my opinion!) lacks reliable functionality compared to Cisco, regarding the routing functionality. We even had heavy issues with HP switches when the amount of VLANs grew over ~30, but this should have been already addressed with a SW update from HP. Two years before we had to redesign the network.

The CLI is quite comparable to Cisco IOS, and some functionalitys regarding switching are much more simple to achieve. I also like the way the arrange their configs, regarding member ports in different vlans. And additionally you can use the command


to get a very easy to administer "gui". This makes it very easy, even for unexperienced personnel, to change VLANs or other simple things.

The network i was responsible for consisted of above 1000 HP-Switches, and Cisco VoIP components. Now there are some more Cisco routers. ;-)

We also made experiences with pronounced and configurable routing features on HP which simply don´t work, even if configured correctly. We had several of them, so this lead us to the conclusion:

Just my two cents.
agreed wholeheartedly with t509 with daily pain..... :)

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Cisco for routing.
HP is a capable player in the switching world.
jeamrotaeAuthor Commented:
What do you think is a good Cisco router for this small network ( will it be very reliable)?

In the beginning I wanted Cisco but the cost is so much higher and the warranty is not as good as HP.

I was thinking of a Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Router (1 year limited warranty).
2.Cisco 881 - cheap but only 90 day warranty
3.Cisco 892 - this supports gigabit ( it has 8 ports.Do need so many. Just routing from isp version modem. I thought I configure the fast ethernet port to the modem dynamically and static ip route from the gigabit port to the POE+ 2910 switch. Not sure of the warranty)

how "big" is your "small" network? :)
It depends on what your requirements are.  It sounds like you may have a budget in mind already, so if that's the case, line up your requirements with the offerings from the different providers.  Cisco is the lead router out there for obvious reasons, but there are others.  I agree with the others about HP being good in the layer 2, but not so much in the layer 3 arena.  But you might consider 3com or Juniper depending on what you are looking for.  In the end, you should consider not only up front cost, but year over year (maintenance contracts, etc), as well as supportability.  
jeamrotaeAuthor Commented:
it is very small..Only two floors....It is for a doctor who is opening up her practice and an educational healthcare center for the community. She wants to protect her patient files through her internal network but have guest be able to stream video conferencing and educational seminars wirelessly through the network. The network will consist of ip phones, Wireless N access points (3 - 4 maybe 5 but maybe over the top) and network ip security system. Different contributors will be using the building so I suppose 3 - 4 vlans will be appropriate. I can imagine there maybe times where at least 50 users will be using the network simutaneously.
2800/2900 ISR series will do the job without any hassles. They´re modular, so you can even expand them, if needed.
In the described situation NOW you could even use a 1800/1900 ISR.
The fair i spoke of had simultaneously around 100-200 users on the net, doing useless crap with iphones and a lot of other things you can associate to an open wlan, also the users of the company itself which communicated over the GRE tunnel.
With an 1812.

I always read of the great warranty - do you know somebody who is using the same network equipment like he did 30 years before?
Marketing theories and arguments, not more. This shouldn´t be the point in your decision for network equipment. Definitely.
does a 1800 series router with a good SmartNet fit your budget?
not 30 years, but 10 isn't unheard of.  Even if you say 5 years, that cost adds up and matters very much to someone responsible for an IT budget year over year.  If you don't think that is true, ask your CIO how important he/she thinks it is.  Of course it is one factor that needs to be considered with everything else, and depending on the pros/cons of the other variables, it may not even be a factor.  I'm not saying not to buy cisco, I'm just saying there are alternatives if you cannot afford the cost.  Either way, it is up to you to do your due diligence.
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