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    Network Switches

    Does anyone have any recommendations for makes and models of switches? We are looking at replacing our core switch and a number of satellite ones. They must be VLAN compatitable and an element of future proofing. Our internal cabling consists of mainly cat5 the likelihood of being replaced is pretty slim.

    Any views?

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    Many many threads on switches please try a search first.

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    Cool

    We have just got Netgear GS748T Pro-safe 48-Port Layer 2 Smart Gigabit Switch They were quite
    expensive when we got them but probably down in price now.


    GS748TS - ProSafe® 48-port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch - NETGEAR.com
    detail=Specifications


    Hope this was a help to you

    Carl

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    We have HP procurve kit. Very dependable, not had one fail is 3 years.

    Our core is a 5408zl with a mixture of 26 and 28 series in other locations.

    You could probably use a 2810 as a core switch if you don't need many fibre connections.

    How big is your network? What's you budget.

    Oh I know it has it's fans on here, but I wouldn't buy Netgear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    We have HP procurve kit. Very dependable, not had one fail is 3 years.

    Our core is a 5408zl with a mixture of 26 and 28 series in other locations.

    You could probably use a 2810 as a core switch if you don't need many fibre connections.

    How big is your network? What's you budget.

    Oh I know it has it's fans on here, but I wouldn't buy Netgear.
    I would also reccommend Procurve Switches I had a ZL for a core and then other procures for the client switches, never had any problems with them. They also come with a great warranty i have one port go down on one of my 48 port switches and it was replaced next day after a 10 min convosation with HP.

    Things i run on the network:
    I had over 1500 client devices attached and 30 servers all using procuve.
    I could still RIS 90 PC's during the day time without affecting any clients.
    I also run 150 thin clients these never got disconnected.

    They are by far the best value for money, they are perfect unless you can buy cisco equiptment

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    With Cisco vs HP ProCurve you are just paying extra for a Cisco badge IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    With Cisco vs HP ProCurve you are just paying extra for a Cisco badge IMHO.
    I agree, HP's have always performed well for me in the past just keep the firmware up-to-date helped a lot. Currently using D-Link and Netgear which compared to price of HP gear has allowed us to have gigabit over the whole site which would just be so expensive with the HP gear.

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    HP Procurve are the leaders at the moment. I have never had to test the lifetime warranty as I've not had one fail in 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlk2008 View Post
    We have just got Netgear GS748T Pro-safe 48-Port Layer 2 Smart Gigabit Switch They were quite
    expensive when we got them but probably down in price now.


    GS748TS - ProSafe® 48-port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch - NETGEAR.com
    detail=Specifications


    Hope this was a help to you

    Carl
    Another thumbs up for the Netgear kit. The cheaper smart switches are managed and support VLANs too. Great for those who want managed GB switches without a sky high price.

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    i have NetGear 24 and 48 Port PoE Smart Switches
    GS724TP and GS74TP
    All PoE for AP's and all GB with 10GB/s Mods for uplinks in them to back bone all my Switches

    i have not had 1 problem Up time Since installed. July 08

    And thay have Cisco Power ratings up to 15w for any Cisco PoE Stuff like IP phones.

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    Cisco here for the past 7 years + and only had one failure which was PSU and was swapped out next day.

    You pays yer money and yer makes yer choice of either HP or Cisco depending on your network requirements and your budget.Estimate of 80% of web built on Cisco equipment.

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    Thanks for your input guys. We have around 270 stations with 1 central cabinet and 5 satellite cabinets with Trendnet switches that are 10 years old now and are unmanaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    HP Procurve are the leaders at the moment. I have never had to test the lifetime warranty as I've not had one fail in 5 years.

    Butuz
    Some of the inner workings of HP switches actually used cisco technology and is licensed by HP from cisco. So the credit goes to Cisco for reliability and not HP but it does help if there are competators to cisco to make their prices cheaper.

    Ash.

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    Another vote for HP ProCurve, we run a network of 30k+ (soon to be over 40k) edge ports using their kit and get very few problems with it.

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    Cisco - Feature rich but you really need to be a Cisco IOS guru to make them work properly and are Expensive. Never had a failure (yet) loads of these can be found used/secondhand as the banking sector is being asset stripped and sold off for a third of the new price!
    I recently found 6 month old Catalyst 3560G-48TS switch with 3 cisco sfp modules inside a cabinet at an IT brokers and bought it for under £500! it was worth at least £3k

    Procurve - probably one of the easiest to setup and manage and still has most of the features Cisco offer without the premium price tag.
    Warranty is fantastic... I have had two switches fail after 4 years both I bought off ebay for peanuts but HP swapped them out next day pre 10 with no questions asked!

    Netgear - Prosafe products Limited Lifetime warranty (5Yrs) proof of purchase needed for warranty all products must be registered all support calls escalated to Ireland before authorising warranty swaps have waited up to a week to get a failed unit swapped.
    Cheap - Probably the lowest cost per port for an enterprise class device.
    If I have one complaint about Netgear Switches it would be the firmware updates/changes.
    You can have some real issues if you do not upgrade an entire family of devices to match each other.

    Planet - you get what you pay for in the switch market.... They work, have the feature set of a Daewoo. The power supplies look like spares from a 1960's Radio Shack.
    When they die you throw them away and fit another.

    Allied-Telesyn & D-Link - To be fair I have very little exposure to them, the ones I have replaced were still working after 5 or 6 years of service so they can't be that bad.

    Linksys and Levelone
    Im not sure that I would use these in my core cabinets but certainly some of these Chinese clones of leading manufacturers designs seem to deliver the goods.
    Levelones Fibre converters are incredibly good value in comparison to others.

    If you are buying HP then make sure the vendor squeezes HP for the Edu Sector discount.
    HP will call the school and verify the deal is kosher then the vendor gets your additional discount knocked off his buy price.
    This means that you could be paying 10% less than the normal web prices for your Procurve kit if you negotiate the deal properly.

    In a recession there are always loosers, in this case the banking sector there is a heck of a lot of good quality second user kit out there if you know where to look.
    Don't be scared to consider it, it could save your school a fortune.

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