[K12OSN] Recommendations for gigabit switches?

John Oligario john at oligario.us
Tue Feb 28 22:33:10 UTC 2012

Here is a place to look:

an unmanaged switch is 'dumb' data in, data out. You have no control of
ports, of systems not being able to talk with each other, ie ftp mail sql

-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf
Of Joseph Bishay
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:12 PM
To: Support list for open source software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Recommendations for gigabit switches?

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM, Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com> wrote:
> server w/ x4 1Gb nics bonded -> 24 port switch w/ each port to a 
> classroom
> (20) -> 1Gb uplink port in classroom switch with 10-12 clients plus 
> teacher and printer

So this is a very similar setup we have, except that every network jack in
each classroom has been "run home" back to the network room so there's no
need for the switches in each classroom.

In your example, is the switch a managed or unmanaged switch? I guess this
is where I'm stuck.  It appears to me in that case you described, there is
not a need for a managed switch.  Or am I missing something?

Thank you

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