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    Consumer Switches

    Hi,

    With professional switches i know my stuff really. But i have some questions regarding consumer switches. What make do you or would you use? I wouldn’t use netgear in a big production network such as school but are the switches any good for home use? How much would i be looking to pay for a 8 port gigabit switch of any make?

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    i've been netgear at home for a long time now - no issues at all. thats with 2dc's, 5 clients, web server and net storage.

    the linksys2024 seem to be good GB switches. we use them here without issues, and also use netgear 5port GB switches (were about 25£ i think) i know they do an 8port version. only issue we sometimes have with them is having to manually hard reset their power if the DHCP goes down.

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    Netgear - I have 2 mini Gigabit switches at home like this.

    Once, one of the gigabit Cisco switches failed at the school, so I put in one of my Negear ones - it supported the whole school network for about an hour until we got a replacement Cisco one delivered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Netgear - I have 2 mini Gigabit switches at home like this. Once, one of our gigabit Cisco switches failed, so I put in one of my Negear ones - it supported the whole school network for about an hour until we got a replacement Cisco one delivered.
    Ditto here, Netgear is the DB for home use and beyond :-)

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    I use a TP Link Gigabit switch at home, with no problems.
    Paid £22 from my local computer shop

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    me being tight (saving up) can anyone tell me where to get cheap netgear? or any other make?

    Thanks

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    have you tried dabs, misco, ebuyer. or maye a local independent computer shop close to you?

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    Or just bring a big bag to work.

    *I do not actually condone this*

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    Just for info, Netgear as a company uses its own switches to run its own network - they're not just domestic, low spec systems (although they do make cheap and cheerful for home use)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    i've been netgear at home for a long time now - no issues at all. thats with 2dc's, 5 clients, web server and net storage.

    the linksys2024 seem to be good GB switches. we use them here without issues, and also use netgear 5port GB switches (were about 25£ i think) i know they do an 8port version. only issue we sometimes have with them is having to manually hard reset their power if the DHCP goes down.
    what are the linksys ones like in comparison ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    what are the linksys ones like in comparison ?
    in comparison to what??? there in a different legue to the netgear ones i've used.

    the netgear white series are ideal for home and home office anything up to 30 devices say,
    the netgear blue series are layer 2/3 switches and ideal for small networks say upto 50 to 100 devices there not particularllaly good for the monney.
    the linksys 2024 are an enterprise switch ideal for edge of network or the larger network, we use them as both edge of network and soon for upgrading some 10/100 +2*1000 switches. they are very good value for money. they can be anything from a single switch hosting DHCP to part of a fully integrated RADIUS secured network (i think) with multiple Vlans and Port trunking. very flexible.

    it all depends of the money you have and what you want from it. the better netgear cost about the same as the linksys if i remember correctly, i would go for the linksys over netgear anyday.

    if you want any more info about then google it or ask and i'll do my best to answer it.

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    I use Netgear for Work and Home so Never let me down yet

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    There is nothing at all wrong with Netgear switches in a production enviroment. All of teh ones I've ever used have been solid and reliable. Do you just have some kind of unfounded predudice? And what do you mean by 'consumer' switches? Unmanaged you mean? But hang on, my router at home with 4 port GB switch is managed? And it's Netgear! Not sure what you are trying to get at here.

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    Excatly well said that man My entire LAN Switching setup is Netgear and I am VERY happy with them Fine i have the odd other item such as Allied Telysis Fibre Converters and the odd other little switch but anything I buy is Netgear, its got Life Time Warranty like HP stuff does and has features of them for much less cash its all very good stuff!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Excatly well said that man My entire LAN Switching setup is Netgear and I am VERY happy with them Fine i have the odd other item such as Allied Telysis Fibre Converters and the odd other little switch but anything I buy is Netgear, its got Life Time Warranty like HP stuff does and has features of them for much less cash its all very good stuff!!!
    here! here!

    I have NetGear switches at home, and have installed these in a production environment and they work wonderfully! obviously there a better switches out there like HP Procurve; Extreme Networks but for cost and productivity you cant touch NetGear!

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