[K12OSN] Switches

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Thu Dec 1 22:02:05 UTC 2005


inexpensive and work great in my 2 yrs deal'n with them.


gKw-X wrote:
> Hello,
> The school has given me the go-ahead to upgrade them to 1gig switches. 
> What I would like to do is have one small 1gig switch, with maybe 5-8 
> ports on it. The server will go into that, then each other port will go 
> out to switches scattered around the school. Each of THOSE switches will 
> have the single incoming 1gig port and a number of 100meg ports.
> The problem is I have no idea where to buy such hardware, or what the 
> proper terminology (Line speed? Managed/unmanaged?) and brands are. 
> Someone suggested Dell but it seems very pricy. The local shop where I 
> normally get my stuff has some D-Link and Linksys switches with the 
> right ports, for significantly cheaper... But will I regret such a 
> purchase? Are the ones that Dell sells somehow better (line speed, 
> managed/unmanaged, etc)? I warned them such switches could cost up to 
> $400 and they cringed, but agreed it was necessary.
> Just to give you an idea of numbers, currently they have 18 computers in 
> the lab and another 8 or so in the library. Eventually they will likely 
> have another 10 upstairs, and possibly more in the library. Nothing 
> massive, but they want it to run really smoothly to keep the parents happy.
> Oh and we're located in Vancouver, BC, Canada in case anyone knows of 
> any local places that carry the right equipment.
> Thank you muchly!
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