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What Is The Current "Favorite" Managed POE+ Switch For Everyone?

I am just taking an informal poll to see where everyone is.  I still tend to favor the Cisco small business line simply because most of our customers use Cisco gear and it just makes for less hassle in the design and approval process.    Sometimes they insist on Catalyst switches, but I do not bring those up unless I have to.  

For non-Cisco customers I really like the Netgear M4100 series.  It is affordable and has a healthy power budget, plus the 24 port version has 4 SFP slots which gives me choices in buildings where I need multiple switches.  Here is a link for those who are not familiar with it:  https://www.netgear.com/business/products/switches/managed/M4100-24G-POE-plus.aspx

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We surveyed integrators, and have a report for Favorite Network Switches 2017.

The responses highlight 3 primary trends/changes for integrators:

  • Cisco falling: Though still clearly a preferred brand, Cisco has fallen over 10% since our 2015 survey, from 37% to 25%. Much of this may be accounted for in the increases by Ubiquiti and D-Link, two brands which saw few mentions previously.
  • Ubiquiti and D-Link rising: Ubiquiti's UniFi and EdgeMax lines have gained, with ~10% of respondents choosing them, while D-Link has jumped to ~7%. Both received only a few votes (2-3%) in past polls.
  • Netgear and HP similar: Second and third choices Netgear and HP maintained similar numbers to previous polls, with Netgear increasing slightly and HP decreasing slightly.

Since that survey, there have been a handful of impactful changes in the switching/networking industry (e.g. HP acquired Aruba, Cisco transitioned from SG300 to 250/350/500X Series, Ubiquiti is a billion-dollar company now, etc.), but the impact on video surveillance may not be as clear.

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Ruckus.  It's the Foundry switch under new ownership.  Solid enterprise class PoE switch, as far as I can see.  I'm using the 12-port PoE switch in my lab now.

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is that Netgear a layer 2 or 3 switch?  

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Layer 2+ with static routing


M4100 series comes with Port-based / VLAN-based / Subnet-based "static routing" Layer 2+ versions

L3 fixed routes to the next hop towards the destination network are added to the routing table.

L3 routing is wire-speed in M4100 series hardware with 64 static routes (IPv4)

Netgear is IEEE standards switch, therefore uses the same syntax that you might be familiar with already.  It also offers 99% configuration from the admin GUI.  Solid product, lifetime warranty.

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We currently use Trendnet.  Have not had any issues and our techs are familiar with it.

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On commercial building that I worked in NYC I always see CISCO, HP, 90% of the time and some Rockus, and that's about it..

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is the term “layer 2+” an ieee one?

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We have been using HP/Aruba for years and they have been bulletproof for us.  Every time we tried Netgear we have run into issues. 

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