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    If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    If you can't afford CISCO switch's, what make would you get?

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    D-Link

    Any other?

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Hp pro curves are reputed to be good also 3Com which we used to use were also pretty rigid. What is your budget?

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    HP Pro Curves

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Have a look at the Dell PowerConnect stuff, you'll get an extra educational discount off the prices on their website and i've been nothing but impressed with their kit.

    I replaced all our old 10/100 gear with Dell 10/100/1000 switches with no problems at all. The interface is a replica of IOS so it's very easy to get to grips with.

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    HP Procurve definitly worth the money, wouldent look at anything else but if that is still out of your budget then i would say linksys as this is just a cheap version of cisco kit and its fantastic kit for a good price.

    http://h41111.www4.hp.com/procurve/u...cts/index.html

    recommend the 2600 and 2800 switches

    http://linksys.co.uk/acatalog/Managed_Switches.html

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    I'd be another person to jump on the Procurve recommending bandwagon.

    Matt

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Definately Pro Curve thats what all ours are now.

    Ben

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    3Com ... mainly for the stacking technology. It means you can get some decently priced core switches which can be split up and rolled out to the edge when you next upgrade the core.

    Cisco is not the dear really ... it all depends on who you talk to and what deals you can do.

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    I've never really looked into the procurves, so I might be way off the mark here, but I just had look at some prices.

    The HP 2800 J4903A 20 port 10/100/1000 is selling for around £1000 and the Cisco 2960G-24TC around £1300.

    When you're on about not being able to afford Cisco kit and having to save money then the HP stuff doesn't seem that suitable either? I know there are educational discounts to be had on these prices, but I picked up the Dell kit for £500 per switch and they've had fantastic reviews!

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    3Com here, they are well priced and we have had no problems.

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    3com here too. There's also some DLink stuff at the primary schools.

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Got a full HP Procurve replacement going on this summer.

    So we are likely to have a stack load of Planet and Intel switches going for free if anyone wants them in a couple of weeks.

    We could get a rebate on the old switches from Ho, but I'd prefer for them to help someone out as the rebate is fairly small

    Most of it is 10/100 and the intel stuff is all managed.

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Procurve for me too

    You need to speak to people to get the education discount.

    @budgester: I too am pulling a load of Planet switches!

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    @budgester: I too am pulling a load of Planet switches!
    Were Planet switches included free with switch cabinets until 5 years ago?

    de·plan·e·tize
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    1. What Network Managers do to their switch cabinets when they find they have money left in their budget.

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    Re: If you can't get CISCO which is the next best?

    Allied Telesyn make excellent switches, fully featured, at a reasonable price

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