Can anyone recommend a quiet running or reliable fanless switch for use in a small office. Current netgear prosafe 48 port gigabit one is driving the smt member barmy and in turn me!! way too noisy.
Its either a new quiet switch or move the cabinet in summer.
Recommendations from personal experience and not just from manufacturers blurb ideally..
has to be 48 port and gigabit with mini gbic fibre ports.
I think your going to have trouble finding a fanless / quiet 48 porter, since most with that many ports are big enterprise level switches.
As above maybe consider 2 x 24s with fibre link or similar. Just make sure they are in a reasonable ventilated cab....
Our LevelOne switches are silent - we use GSW-2472TGX and GSW-2494, can't comment on the 48-port ones, but I don't see why they'd be all that different.
bizzel (15th May 2008)
I'd agree that most of the 48port 1u switches that are worth having are going to be noisy. They just have to fit so much more hardware inside the same space and also have faster internal circuitry to deal with the extra ports (I'm talking 1gb stuff here). All of this means they can't get away with passive cooling.
We had this same kind of issue and none of the reasonable gear that we could find was quiet enough so we just ended up moving the cabinet. In the end it seemed like the best bet as even if we found a quieter solution this time we would still be going through all of the hassle again when it came time to upgrade the gear again.
I'm also in the market for a quiet 48-port switch after our passively cooled netgear bricked itself and was looking at a Procurve 2650 - any idea on the noise level?
dabs4work - HP ProCurve Switch 2650 (J4899B)
For values of "quiet", it sits on a shelf 3 metres from my desk in open air and I'd prefer not to hear it at all.
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You can also get cabinets with sound proofing. So even if you have noisy switches, the cabs are quiet.
Replacing the cab could be more expensive (depending on the size). I'd say 2 x HP 2510 switches would be a good buy.You can also get cabinets with sound proofing. So even if you have noisy switches, the cabs are quiet.
The wireless AP controller drowns it out easily.
The 2650 is quiet compared to the big switches, but not by your standards - it still has a fan or two.
About the only switches I know that would work for not being able to hear the 3m away in the open air is the 1800's having no fans.
It is also mostly a 100M switch with a couple of 1G ports to play with for your uplinks...
Cheers diggory, just checking we have 2 VLANs setup on first switch fine just wanted to make sure when they are linked it can handle the VLANs ok.
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