Reviews and Problems with Cisco Catalyst Express 500
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Great Basic Needs Switch for Small Business
Aaron Hall, Amazon
17 June 2009
Summary: I own several of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 series switches across 2 of the business offices where I work. They are great for small-business needs without all the hassle of the "big boys" equipment (and big cost).
Summary: There actually is a back door allowing you to interact with these devices in the familiar IOS way. Just append "/exec" onto the URL in your browser, log in as you normally would, and you get a menu with a load of IOS top-level commands.
Pros: + Price + Reliability + Fully manageable + Two 1000TX ports + A real IOS device despite appearances
Cons: - "Official" web interface frankly sucks - Probably not configurable for AAA with TACACS+ / RADIUS
Summary: I wouldn't base my purchasing decision on the previous reviewer. First with a little research it should be plain that this series of switch doesn't have a CLI, they were meant for SMBs and for applications like I describe above.
Pros: Works very well for quick deployment needs. Even though I have a high understanding of Cisco IOS cli, I needed something to bridge one side of a building to the core switch without having to run more cabling. Configured appropriate VLANs, setup port trunking to the core, and not a single glitch e...
Cons: Alert lights. Whenever I plug a workstation to the switch, then remove it - after a few days an alert light comes on stating the DHCP delivery failed (obviously bc im not plugged in anymore). No biggie, need to clear the ARP cache somehow through the GUI - just haven't figured out how. ClI would ...
Cons: This is one of the worst Cisco products I have ever worked with. I purchased this switch because of the Cisco name and I needed a managed switch that could do port based VLANs. There is no CLI; only one very slow GUI. The GUI is brain dead. You can't set multiple options on a single web page. If ...
Summary: If you are counting on this device to work as a Power Over Ethernet device, beware that only the first four ports of the switch are POE capable. It is a fairly typical Cisco switch, which means that you must deal with some typical Cisco behaviors (like the switch taking up to a minute to conduct a...