Not a problem at all using them for small, uncomplicated, unmanaged set ups. Reliable and cheap enough to replace if they go bang outside of warranty.
Buy the best you can and at that price they are the best.
My only experience with these was with an SG200-08, but it was not good.
Every few weeks it would completely drop the gigabit uplink to the router on the floor below and require a cold reset before it would start working again. This was especially irritating as it was at a remote site. Support just blamed the cabling, and I wasn't about to buy another one out of pocket to prove them wrong. Now, I can't say for certain that the ~25m of Cat5e we are using for the uplink is perfect, but my Fluke meter says it's fine, and I've since replaced the Cisco with an equivalent Netgear(!) and haven't had a problem since with the same cable.
Would not buy again.
I've got 3 SF300's on site and they've done ok for the last couple of years, the ESW540 I brought to connect our server's to isn't as reliable unfortunatly, once it stopped passing traffic all togeather until rebooted and other times after reboots it loses its config... not fun when it defaults to locking down ports with more than 1 mac(defaults to desktop profile).
I'd buy small business for access switches but possibly not for the core again
Perhaps that would be resolved with a firmware update. I know the Sx300 series had an issue where they would require a reboot every 50 days prior to a firmware update.Originally Posted by Jamman960
I've currently got x1 SG300-52 and I'm about to buy x1 SG500-52 and x1 SG500-28 to replace some failing Allied Telesis switches.
Worst ever experience was an old "Planet" switch that used to be our core 12 years ago. That locked up regularly. Replaced it with a D-Link DES6000 Chassis which lasted 7-8 years in service.
You could well be right. We got them second hand and they've been in service for 6 years and its only in the last year that they've been failing so its not too bad but they are also 10/100 so that is reason alone to replace them.
We have a large number of SG300-10MPs here as PoE injectors. They were very nice to set up and work on, and seem very solid little switches on the back of a Procurve network.
HP doesn't half get raved about on Edugeek, what is a comparable HP model to say a SG300/500 series Cisco?
Probably the V1900 series at a guess (rebranded 3Com, not bad stuff).
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