Silent (or quiet) 48 port gigabit switch for classroom?
We have a HP ProCurve 2900-48G in a classroom but the teacher is rightly complaining about the amount of noise it generates.
I've found a couple of threads about silent switches in the past but nothing recent. So far the only solutions I've seen involve replacing or disconnecting fans. I would happily cut a hole in the top of the existing switch and install a large 12v quiet fan but obviously that would void the warranty.
Our goal moving forward is to only purchase switches with gigabit ports and 10Gb uplinks but I'm almost positive there aren't any switches that will give us 48xGb ports plus a 10Gb uplink without a fan. Any suggestions on how to overcome this issue? Space isn't a concern so we'd be happy with a less dense 2 or 3RU switch if it meant it ran quietly (POE not required).
We considered moving the cabinet but it is too expensive and our suggestion to swap classrooms (with a more lightly used room) was shot down.
Other suggestions have included soundproofing the cabinet but if the cabinet temperature gets too high there goes your warranty anyway...