[K12OSN] switch advice: Netgear or 3com

norbert bear2bar at netscape.net
Mon Sep 27 13:23:51 UTC 2004


For what's it worth I've had netgear router, switches and wireless NICs, 
although they work most of the time the support from netgear leaves a 
lot to be desired especially in a Linux environment where their warranty 
is NOT applicable.... YES they try to charge !!
Since those incidents I've taken an "anything but netgear" policy


robark at telus.net wrote:

> dahopkins at comcast.net wrote:
>> I have the prior version of the Netgear 48 port switch (3 in fact), 
>> the one without the browser-based management and have not had any 
>> issues. (In fact, we have almost identical server hardware, dual Gig 
>> E, etc.)   Performance is very acceptable.  The only caveat is that I 
>> can't get sound working consistently, but that is probably just me 
>> (using LTSP 3, not 4, K12ltsp 3.1.2, not 4.x) and when it works, it 
>> lags the video.  With the QOS options on the new switch, plus vlan, I 
>> wish I had the new netgear.  In over a year's use, we haven't had to 
>> deliberately reset the switches ever.  For what it is worth, there 
>> are some netgear switches on ebay as well. (24 port and 48 port).
>> Sincerely,
>> Dave Hopkins
> Thanks for the info. I'll take that as a plus for the netgear. One 
> concern I have is the warranty on the Netgear. The switch itself is 5 
> years but the power supply is only 2 years. The 3com is 3 years for 
> the unit.
> One other option I'm considering is the 3com 2250 unmanaged 48 + 2 gig 
> e port switch. It is a about $70 more than the netgear but no 
> management at all. At least the fs750t netgear has browser based 
> management.
> Robert Arkiletian
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