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Looking for an AFFORDABLE core switch (gigabit)

By jdclyde ·
Greetings all. I am finally able to move away from our 10 and 100 base HUBS (shudder), and getting to move to a switched network.
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Up till now, the only real investment I had been able to get was a 3Com 4400 switch for our core (24 port), and almost everything else was 3Com SuperStack hubs.
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I have three remote locations, and the central location. I was able to change the remote cores to a Netgear FS726TP (24 port).
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I am now looking to upgrade off of the 3Com 4400, which is 10/100 to something Gigabit.
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I need at least 12 ports, but would prefer 24.
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Must be manageable and support VLANS.
Of course, need QOS. (goes without saying?)
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<b><i>Editied to add:</i> Would really like a Layer 3 switch. <i>end edit</i></b>
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We are looking at going to IP phones within a year or so, so are upgrading our infrastructure a little at a time, so we don't have to completely replace the network at THAT time, raising the costs of the IP phone system.
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I am on a very tight budget, so the Cisco solution is out of the question.
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Is there something you have used, or you regularly install for clients, that you can recommend?
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If I have a 12 or 24 port Gigabit switch for my core, I can drop my 4400 as the secondary for this location, as I have about 32 connections in this building.
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My main concern is getting our 7 servers, the uplink, the remote building, and my system on the gigabit. (did I say "my system" out loud?)
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Include one port to the secondary (4400) and I am able to get by with the 12. Would MUCH rather have a 24 or 48, but will work with what is available/affordable.
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Thanks for your assistance and input. If you don't feel like posting, feel free to peer me.
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jd
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JD I haven't personally used any of these but

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Looking for an AFFORDABLE ...

I'm told that they work well and are cheap they have a 19 inch Rack Mount 24 Port Switch but you'll have to look for it.

http://tinyurl.com/2jbw8g

This crowd I've used a lot of unmanaged Switches on very small LAN'S and they have worked OK. Sorry no URL at the moment but here's a description.

REPOTEC G2400U 24-port 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Switch, Auto MDIX, 8K MAC Addresses, 2M Bits Buffer Memory, Auto-Crossover function
REPOTEC G2400U 24-port 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Switch, TP interface auto MDI-X function for auto TX/RX swap, 8K MAC address table, 2M Bits Buffer Memory, Auto-Crossover function, Media Support - 10BASE-T: Category 3, 4 or 5 TP, 100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T: Category 5 TP, Conforms to IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab and IEEE 802.3x standards, IEEE802.3x compliant for full-duplex, Store & forward architecture and performs forwarding and filtering, Back pressure flow control for half-duplex, LED indicators

http://tinyurl.com/33wnm5

I don't know just how well these work but the 4 port ones scream along and I've yet to have one fail in 5 years now. If that's any help.

Good to know that you are going to drive down to Video Tig you Old Devil.

Col

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Let the bidding war begin! Sonja? Col?

by jdclyde In reply to JD I haven't personally u ...

I seem to recall a bounty on Col!

So, who is it worth more to, for me to mark this as helpful or not? ]:)

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This outta be intersting - procedes to benefit Tig

by jimmy-jam In reply to Let the bidding war begin ...

I set up the chair, popped the popcorn and cracked ope the first beer. This should be fun to watch.

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Ohhhhhhhh

by cmiller5400 In reply to Let the bidding war begin ...

I remember that discussion... Looks like you win JD.

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Not a surprise

by jdclyde In reply to Ohhhhhhhh

I ALWAYS win.... B-)

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OMG - that's hilarious!

by Sonja Thompson Staff In reply to Let the bidding war begin ...

He's just asking for it now... I think 667 has a nice ring to it, don't you?

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As I'm helping Tammy at the moment

by OH Smeg In reply to OMG - that's hilarious!

And this answer was more than a year old I'm not worried. Much :0

Actually after a year of inactivity I thought that questions had been wiped. At least that's what we where told at one of the site redesigns.

Col ]:)

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to OMG - that's hilarious!
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Not sure if it's affordable, but

by NetMan1958 In reply to Looking for an AFFORDABLE ...

take a look at this:

http://www.provantage.com/hp-compaq-j8692a-aba~7HEWN19W.htm

This switch sounds like it would fit your situation, but I don't know if it's within your budget. It is considerably cheaper than a Cisco with the same features.

I haven't used this particular model but have used a lot of different HP switches in the past. In fact, I have an old 80 port 4000M running here now. They come with a lifetime warranty and I've had great luck with them.

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Old question, already moved on

by jdclyde In reply to Not sure if it's affordab ...

But there was a bounty put on Col's head, for someone that could give him that one extra thumbs up to break the coveted 666....

Feeling evil today, so what can I say? ;\

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