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RE: [K12OSN] Switches with gigabit uplink

We have recently started buying Dell switches - public school in Washington
here - the price we have for the Dell 3048, a 48 port switch, which has two
gigabit uplinks is under $900.  It's little brother the 3024 is priced under
$600.  The features are probably robust enough for just about anyone and
Dell has given us some pretty substantial discounts.  

Other choices?

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Loomis [mailto:dloomis cox-internet com] 
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 2:10 PM
To: k12osn redhat com
Subject: [K12OSN] Switches with gigabit uplink

I have read several contributors' suggestion that 100 mb switches with
uplinks are a good solution for speeding up ltsp networks.  Clearly,
that removes bottleneck at the switch-to-server connection offers at least 
the potential for a marked speed advantage.

My question is this:  Which gigabit network cards work well on the server
are supported by RH Linux 7.3-8.0?  Are there any make/model specific 
suggestions for an 8-16 port switch that provides 100tx ports for terminals 
and at least one gigabit uplink for the server?  In keeping with the 
budgeting realities most of us face, the options are not with high dollar 
managed switches.

If the above cannot be obtained for under $1k (preferably under $500), most
us in the public and non-profit sector will not be able to consider such an 
Dr. Daniel Loomis
El Dorado, AR

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