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    Fibre Only Top Switch Suggestions

    Hi,

    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?

    Thanks,

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    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)
    Sensible offers.

    We replaced it with A5800's which would be my recommend for a new switch.

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    We have a Cisco 3750 as our core switch, all SFP ports

    Switches with Number of ports SFP: from 16 | Skinflint Price Comparison UK

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellisteph10 View Post
    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?
    I have had lots of experience with them, they are shocking. They are fine for the first year and a half, just long enough for you to buy a few more. Then they start dropping ports, corrupting packets, crashing out and being louder than construction equipment. Stay clear if you can, they may be cheap but whatever you pay for them they are still a ripoff.

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    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.
    What prices are we talking about?

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    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.

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