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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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BTW...

by Jellimonsta In reply to Old question, already mov ...

JD, what switch solution did you go with? And did you get your IP phone solution yet? If you are in fact going with a Cisco VoIP solution, I can point you in the right direction for the best implementation team in the midwest, but not a cheap one.

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End solution

by jdclyde In reply to BTW...

We got a 3com 2824 sfp plus (3c16487)

10/100/1000, auto sense, 24 port.


As for VoIP, we connected our ancient pbx's at each location to each other by plugging them in to vwic cards, and has been one huge clusterfuk after another, that still isn't working correctly.

The company that was brought in the provide the solution was horrible, and to get everything useable, I had to do it myself with the help of my trusty smartnet account.

The part that doesn't work acceptably is when a call comes in a local line at a remote location, it hits the PBX, hands off the the Cisco, travels across the state on our MPLS network, hits another cisco, then our voicemail system, which takes the transfer, and sends it BACK across another channel to the remote. (so it is using two channels.)

Then to top it off, the contractors were suppose to have compression set, but seems the old phone system doesn't HAVE any compression settings, and the VWIC cards don't either, so it is a full 64k per circuit! Gee, wonder why it doesn't work?

At least the network part is set, so I can dump this back into the lap of the phone admin, who had dumped it in my lap.

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Cisco router?

by Jellimonsta In reply to End solution

Are the VWICs in Cisco routers?
You should make sure you have a PVDM card with DSP resources and you can set on box transcoding.

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If you could peer me some more information

by jdclyde In reply to Cisco router?

I am running Cisco 2801's.

One core location, three remotes.

Each has a VWIC card installed and a T1 card plugged into the MPLS.

PVDM card. In the router or the phone system?

The phone systems are VERY old. Tadirans, running an old version of the software that does not support compression. Was told by phone company they would require a CPU upgrade to take the minimal software upgrade, or a total replacement to get to the current version.

I am now looking at what it would take/cost to do "Foreign Exchange", to have the calls all come directly into the central location.

I am NOT happy.

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