Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switches: Performance, Power Consumption and Features vs. D-Link, HP Networking and NETGEAR
Small businesses today require high-performance, high-functionality switches for both 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet deployments. Businesses deploying VoIP solutions will also require switches that deliver Power over Ethernet (PoE), quality of service (QoS) and Voice VLANs. With respect to economics, switches should be easy to use, to help lower administrative costs, offer attractive cost-per-Gigabit and, where appropriate, cost-per- Watt of PoE delivered.
Cisco Systems commissioned Tolly to evaluate several models of the new Cisco Small Business 300 Series of managed switches along with comparable models from D-Link, HP Networking and NETGEAR. In all, eleven switches were tested.
Tolly evaluated a range of features and capabilities including: Power over Ethernet, Layer 2 throughput and latency, power consumption, feature/ functionality and advanced recovery and performance options, such as link aggregation and MSTP. Engineers also calculated cost-per-Gigabit and cost-per-Watt-delivered as appropriate. Read this report to learn the results.