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    Recommend Me A Managed Switch

    I am in need of some recommendations for 2 small managed switched. Quick bit of background. Our school currently feeds a Nursery their LA broadband provision via a private fibre link. At the end of this month the LA provided connection is being turned off and we are all having to sort out our own provision, this also means the link is no longer in use. Our site can not get FTTC, but the Nursery can. We have come to an arrangement to have our BT line and Active NTE located in their cab. We then plan to use the fibre link to get this connection back in to our building.

    Currently the LA have media converted on either end of the link which obviously gives no monitoring or management of the link. Now as the connection will be located in a building that is not ours, I want to be able to monitor the connection to reduce the need to visit the site if there are issues. So what would you stick each end of the link?

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    Should be quite simple really - buy a HP switch at each end with 1Gbps GBICs (most HP's have module slots these days).

    It also depends if you want these to be dedicated to just the link each end, or properly integrated with your existing LAN switches at each end.

    For example you could buy 2 x HP 2620 (24 port), plus 2 x GBICs or a higher density 48 port switch at both end.

    To be honest there's little reason to keep it separate and your existing switches may be able to receive the fibre link connected directly via a GBIC each end. Generally I would recommend keeping switches the same make to reduce problems.

    Edit: I meant an SFP not GBIC which is more old school these days!
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    Thanks for the reply @Michael

    Reason for keeping it dedicated is there will also be a router and TinaPilot before it meets the LAN.

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    It depends how you look at it:

    Broadband > Nursery Router > Nursery Switch > Fibre Link > School Switch or

    Broadband > Nursery Router > Nursery Switch/ 2nd Nursery Switch
    Fibre Link > School Switch/ 2nd School Switch

    It shouldn't matter either way, so long as the SFPs are installed in a managed switch of some kind.

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