Managed Gigabit Network Switches (in the 24-48 port range)

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  1. Dmar

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    My college residence can apply for a grant (probably up to $5000) for some new networking equipment. There are so many new standards that I didn't even know existed to pick from though. Does anyone know anything about what the best technologies/brands are for network switches? Looking for a managed gigabit switch (10/100/1000 on each port), probably going to get a 24 port switch and a 48 port switch.

    I browsed newegg briefly, probably will get this and the 24-port model unless I can find some other info:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833122155
     
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    Do you need 72 ports in one area or split between two areas?
     
  3. Dmar

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    48 on first floor
    24 on second floor
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Well we use HP switches but I doubt it matters much. You'll be hard pressed to utilize the full gigabit bandwidth unless you've got some smokin hardware (and not just 320 SCSI).
     
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    I've had excellent success with HP switches. Netgear has some decent mid-range gear. Cisco is an obvious name-brand.

    Be sure to check the buffer memory, along with the bus speed. Some cheaper switches will be gigabit on multiple ports, but the bus can't sustain those speeds on all ports. This is even the case on cheaper 100Mbps switches.
     
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    nobody ever got fired for buying cisco :rofl:


    ...but seriously, doesn't your school deal with a vendor? Shouldn't you go with that vendor?
     
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    ShapeShifterz Longtime Lurker

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    extremenetworks.com ftw
     
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    Foundry Networks makes some pretty bad-ass switches (spec-wise). I honestly don't know much about reliability and how well they actually work.
     
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    Get a Cisco switch with interchangable HWICs.
     

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