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    New Switch?

    One of my main switches has failed and I need to get a new one ASAP - now, the issue is, what do I need?
    I already have a gigabit backbone - but the switch that has gone is a 10/100.
    Should I be looking at replacing it with a gigabit switch tp future-proof the system?
    A gigabit switch is approx 3 times the price (looking at HP procurves if they will fit in the cab), or can I get away with one the same as the broken one? I have another one going the same way so will have to make the same decision again soon

    The IT suite machines are currently 5 year old Dells but presumably ONE DAY I will get to replace them with better spec machines.

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    I would future proof it and go for a gig switch

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    I replaced the ones that have failed in my schools with 10/100 switches, figured they didn't need gigabit ones for the price
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    Personally I'd be future proofing and getting a gigabit switch now. Even more so if you're opting for a manufacturer that offers lifetime warranties on it's switches - like HP .

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    Unless you think in the future that the school will upgrade it's backbone to 10GIG then go for a 10/100 procurve.


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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Unless you think in the future that the school will upgrade it's backbone to 10GIG then go for a 10/100 procurve.


    Ben
    I'd second that! Future proof, yes, but when would you be looking at 1GB to the desktop? What benefits really would it serve. I'd go for the 10/100

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    How much of a 'main' switch is it? - Is everything conencted into it, or does it just serve a lot of clients? What else is connected to it, how many other switches do you have, and what are they?


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    If its a edge switch (i.e. feeding network points for machines) I would go for something like a procurve2610 or if management is not a issue procurve 1800. If its a switch feeding other switches then gb would be good, so procurve 2800 series.

    Personally don`t like the 1700 & 1800 series switches, they seem built to price rather than spec...

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    this has prolly been said lots of times but give simon or one of them at cpltd a shout but yes if you can afford it future proof yaself with gigabit.

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    I can heartily recommend the Netgear Smart Switches. Semi managed and nice features at a price that won't break the bank.

    Gigabit Smart Switches by NETGEAR

    282 for a 24 port Gb version. Failign thta, give ICT Direct a ring, they often have HP Procurve switches in, and you may get lucky for a Gb version.

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    Problem with buying an HP from someone like ICT Direct is that unless it is 100% new then you don't get the lifetime warranty.

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    The netgear switches are great value, - the 24 port gigabit smart switch is 161 on ebuyer at the moment.

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    Without knowing what make / model / role the switch is, it's difficult to make a suggestion for you.

    I've managed to upgrade half the school to 10/100/1000 switches through general technology refresh / expansion.

    From the sound of it, if you are needing to purchase another one would i be correct in stating its not a HP, or 3COM etc with lifetime warranty? (Or could it be 3COM, but you need one asap as you normally have to send it back to the Netherlands under standard warranty??)

    If you are still after a new network switch contact Sarah Stoughton @ SwitchShop on 01438 831870.

    Not spamming etc, but i've had excellent prices (and service) from them for 3COM gear, but they do others of course.
    Last edited by MYK-IT; 1st February 2010 at 03:39 PM.

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    We just bought a new switch to connect the majority of our wireless AP's to - A HP 2510G-24. Came in at 430, so not hugely expensive for a 1Gbit switch with 4 GBIC slots.

    It'll never need 10Gbit connectivity, but 4Gbit would probably be a boon one day.

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    430 for a 2510G... that's a very good price!

    Any chance you can PM me?

    Also - the 3com Baseline range seem to be very very good value for Gb switches...

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