We're talking about different switches; that's the gigabit version, the 4800(G) and 5500 (G) offer similar functionality. The 4500 is still available:
discontinued Networking - HP Small & Medium Business productsDiscontinued product
» HP E2600 Switch Series
» HP E3400 cl Switch Series
» HP ProCurve 1800 Switch series
» HP ProCurve 2300 Switch series
» HP ProCurve 2512/2524 Switch series
» HP ProCurve 2700 Switch series
» HP ProCurve 2900 Switch series
» HP ProCurve 408 Switch
» HP ProCurve 5300xl Switch series
» HP ProCurve 6108 Switch
» HP ProCurve 9300m Routing Switch series
» HP ProCurve Edge 8100fl Fabric Switch series
Good to see the procurves are getting replaced with 3com though.
HP do really need to get their sh*t together with their website though -
What is the difference between A and E series? Is it simply that A are ex-3Com and E are HP?
Anyway, thanks for the help everyone. Looking at both HP and Netgear options
Go for a 3Com 4800G or now HP E4800. As you need more fiber connectors get the 24x SFP version. It also has 8 shared copper ports.
Talking about comparison:
Comparison of stackable switches - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Just thought of something that didn't occur to me before.
If I was to seperate the 2 4500G switches I currently have, put 1 in the server room, leave 1 in the IT suite. Trunk 4x1GB fibre between them. Then buy a decent HP 10/100 switch for the 2nd IT suite switch, and trunk a few ports between the 2.
My reasoning is, we've already got 2 very decent L3 switches that are way overspecced for what they do, why not utilise one for our core?
I'm not definately going to do this, it's just an idea
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