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    I have 3 Dell PowerConnect 2724's, jumpered to each other to a Cisco ASA 5510. I am running VMWare for mostley servers. Also there are 2 seperate Domains connected to these switches, same IP Scheme though. Within our building (3 floors), there are certain rooms where i have to put a small switch to connect multiple devices because there is only 1 network jack(which is connected to 1 of the 3 Dell's). There are several of rooms like this.

    What type of small 8 port switch should i get. Also should it be a managed switch? PoE? Layer 2 Or Layer 3


    Thanks
    Last edited by Kobe 310; 13th August 2012, 16:56.

  • #2
    Re: Recomendation For A Switch

    I assume the Dell's are layer 3 so layer 2 should be fine. I like the cisco 2960

    WS-C2960-8TC-S

    I will always go with a managed switch.
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    • #3
      Re: Recomendation For A Switch

      thanks!! forgot to mention the layer, they are 2. Do you know of any that are less expensive, would like to buy a few of them. They showed up as 3-4 hundred dollars online.
      Last edited by Kobe 310; 14th August 2012, 14:02.

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      • #4
        Re: Recomendation For A Switch

        Yeah anything cisco isn't cheap but they are solid. You could probably get a few used 2950's (12 ports) for next to nothing. Granted they are end of life. I have one at home that I have had for about 7 years and it was used when I got it. Its 10/100 but its rock solid. Bad part is they are end of life and you wont get any support on them.
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        • #5
          Re: Recomendation For A Switch

          thanks, also, if you put a 10/100 into a gigabit network, does that effect the network?

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          • #6
            Re: Recomendation For A Switch

            Well if your gigabit all the way down to the host then with a 10/100 switch 100mbps is all you will get. Will a end host notice? Your better off spending the cache on a gig switch.
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            • #7
              Re: Recomendation For A Switch

              no, but would like to be. I have more than just 1 non gig switch and nic, but say i had 1 or 2, would only the non gig hardware be affected?
              Last edited by Kobe 310; 14th August 2012, 19:42.

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              • #8
                Re: Recomendation For A Switch

                If your trunking from a 10/100 switch to a gig switch then it will either auto negotiate 100mbps or you need to hard code on both sides to 100mbps. If going to an end host, say that has a gig nic but plugs into a 10/100 switch then it will auto negotiate to 100mbps.
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                • #9
                  Re: Recomendation For A Switch

                  I'm going to be controversial and sugggest that unless you need any of the features of a managed "proper" switch (VLANs?), why bother -- the switch is at the end of the chain and is only supporting a small number of ports. You can get basic 8 port gigabit switches for sub 50 ($75 ish) so having a couple of spares isnt going to break the bank and the whole project will be something like 1/4 the price of the Cisco equivalents.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Recomendation For A Switch

                    I'm going to be controversial and sugggest that unless you need any of the features of a managed "proper" switch (VLANs?), why bother -- the switch is at the end of the chain and is only supporting a small number of ports. You can get basic 8 port gigabit switches for sub 50 ($75 ish) so having a couple of spares isnt going to break the bank and the whole project will be something like 1/4 the price of the Cisco equivalents.
                    You could do that as well. Just be aware that all switches are not created equal. The throughput on a small off the shelf switch may be low and not be able to handle the traffic you send through it. Also with a non-managed switch you loose visibility for that part of the network. Most of the cheaper switches dont offer security features, spanning tree optimization, authentication, vlans etc.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Recomendation For A Switch

                      Thanks for the replies, much help!!!

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