I am looking for a switch which only had fibre modules in it, hopefully around 12 ports. We want to use this as a Top Switch where fibre connections and servers go into.
Do these exist and can anyone suggest a model to look at?
ellisteph10 (10th September 2012)
I've got an old ish (5yrs) 3Com 24port 5500G SFP for sale if you want it?
It has capacity for 10GBE modules (which I have)
We replaced it with A5800's which would be my recommend for a new switch.
+1 for the Juniper EX4500
Thanks for the suggestions. I'd love a budget that could cover for those kinds of switches.
D-Link do similar but Im nervous of investing in them, anyone recommend their products or had nightmares with them?
These switches do indeed exist, but no-one's asked what speed your fibre needs to run at! I presume you're currently running 100 or 1000Mbps fibre links to all buildings/locations?
Depending on the type and length of fibre, such as OM1, OM2 or OM3 and the speed you want them to run at are important factors to think about.
Netgear GSM7212F or the XSM7224S
The XSM is a quality top of rack Fibre switch with the ability to take both SFP and 10GBe SFP+ modules, unlike the competition you can quite happily use compatible or other OEMs GBIC's which when populating one of these is a major cost saving.
They also work quite happily with most Twinax DAC cables.
NetGear is better and apparently they do actually provide support in the UK - unlike here.
HP is good but expensive, Cisco is great but realllllly expensive.
the x670's are nice, i've got a pair of them as core.
feature set on them is quite extensive, but like you said probably outside of budget.
We have a couple of D-links, we double up on them because they are cheap. Haven't had any problems yet (in about 2 years) but we bought them as a stop gap before we could afford better switches which seems to be getting further and further away at the moment.
the more you let people get away with not spending the more they will
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