[K12OSN] Recommendations for gigabit switches?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 15:47:56 UTC 2012

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM, Jeff Siddall <news at siddall.name> wrote:
> On 02/27/2012 12:18 PM, Jim Kinney wrote:
>> Don't go cheap on the high port count portions. Netgear looks great but
>> tends to buckle under load. Cisco is solid but $$$$$$$$$! ouch!
> I used Netgear ProSafe smart switches, not because they are great but
> because they are cheap and they stand behind them with a lifetime warranty.
>  Good thing too because I have RMA'd a few of them!
> Bottom line is you won't likely find a better 24 port gig smart switch for
> ~$200, or a better 24 port PoE smart switch (12 PoE ports) for ~$250.
> Be aware they don't have a CLI but the web interface is OK for infrequent
> use.
> I have a GE connected servers, some GE clients and a bunch of FE clients and
> never had any performance issues.
> I am not saying you should buy Netgear, just that there is at least one
> person out there that has used them successfully in an LTSP environment.

I've used some older Dell GB switches that have been reliable.   But,
for this scale you could probably use the kind that have a couple of
GBIC connections and daisy-chain the gig link from the server to
switch to switch with the rest of the switch ports at 100M.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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