Cisco Customers Discuss Its Future
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User Rank: Apprentice
9/28/2012 | 9:00:44 PM
re: Cisco Customers Discuss Its Future
"Cisco stuff is too expensive to buy, too costly to maintain, too complex to manage, and too proprietary." That pretty much sums it up. Buying "used" Cisco gear from companies like Network Hardware Resale or on the "grey" market is a viable alternative, especially for the low-end stuff, and results in significant savings compared to purchasing new. As far as SmartNet is concerned, it's much cheaper to have spares sitting on the shelf instead of paying the overpriced maintenance fees imposed by Cisco. Finally, don't be conned into believing you have to have the latest model switch, router, phone, server, etcGÇŞ There is a ton of older Cisco stuff out there running just fine.
User Rank: Apprentice
9/28/2012 | 7:14:30 PM
re: Cisco Customers Discuss Its Future
Cisco's acquisition of LinkSys was supposed to give them that entre into the prosumer market from which they could then build out a better SMB product line and cost structure. Instead, they ruined LinkSys by molding it into their standard image. Too bad because I really liked where LinkSys was going.
User Rank: Apprentice
9/28/2012 | 2:17:44 AM
re: Cisco Customers Discuss Its Future
I would have to agree with the majority if this article. I am a huge fan of Cisco products, my home network is littered with Cisco switches, routers, and cameras. With a little research though it is easy to find comparable items made bu other companies much cheaper, and some of the time better product. I try to remain a loyal Cisco customer, but at this particular point if I am cutting corners, sorry I am going with the IP camera for $50 bucks rather than Cisco for around $100, plus the $50 dollar one has maneuvering capabilities that I was surprised to find my Cisco cameras did not!

Paul Sprague
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