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    Need a new switch

    Hi Guys

    Had to shut the power off in the school last night.

    Now one of the switches has stopped working

    Anyone recommend a supplier, and a good make switch i can get to replace.

    I have a 24port 3COM 10/100 at the moment.

    and a quick delivery time would be good.

    Thanks

    Cooper

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Do you need it to be managed?

    Ben

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Misco for the supplier and quick delivery, Netgear for cheap cheerful and reliable switches...

    If you're doing a like for like replacement,

    NETGEAR FS726T ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Rackmoutable Smart Switch with 2 Gigabit Ports
    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...212&CatId=2734

    if the switch was unmanaged

    or

    NETGEAR FSM726 24 PORT 10/100 MANAGED RACKMOUNT SWITCH WITH 2 GIGABIT ETHERNET PORTS
    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...714&CatId=2733

    if the old switch was managed.

    If your old switch was unmanaged and you want to do a sneaky upgrade while replacing it

    Netgear ProSafe 24 Port 10/100/1000 Rackmount Switch
    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...504&CatId=2735

    My 2p worth. HTH!

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Thanks for that.

    I dont know much about switches apart from they connect the workstations to the network so a couple of questions

    Whats the benifit of a managed switch?

    And with the fibre ports are these best used to connect the servers to the switch and if these connections are used will i need to upgrade the network cards.


    Cooper

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    Re: Need a new switch

    We purchased a good 24 port 10/100 unmanaged Linksys through Misco last year. I can't see it on a search coming up at Misco at present but a similar one is at Dabs http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=36PH

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Managed switch - all sorts of fun things like VLANs, tying MAC addresses to ports to stop people plugging in laptops they're not supposed to have etc...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_switch

    The fibre ports on the first 2 are more there for future expansion if you're not using them already I wouldn't worry about it... Just get the replacement in place and plan properly for an upgrade rather than trying to throw it all in at once - the exception being if you were dropping in the last gigabit cat5e/6 ethernet based switch which should happily run on existing cabling without worrying about fibre etc, just gives you an upgrade path if you do get gigabit cards and/or cabling in future.

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    Re: Need a new switch

    It depends on the size of the school and what infrastructure you need/will need in the future. If you only have a single 24 port switch I would say that you likely do not need any managed features.

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Also consider HP Procurves. Bit more pricy but i believe they come with a lifetime warrenty.

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Thanks for all the advice,

    I am going with a Netgear from Misco. Getting a 48portas we have plans to extend the ict suite this year.

    Have a top weekend

    Cooper

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    Re: Need a new switch

    Wouldn't go with anything else apart from the HP Procurves here, just bought another 7 x 48 port 2650's.

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    HP Procurve all the way, although Cisco are the market leaders, I am getting more into Cisco, but HP Procurves rock!!!!

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