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24 port gigabit unmanaged switch recommendations
#310516 06/16/10 05:25 PM
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I'm starting build my rack at home. For now, I need a 24-port gigabit, unmanaged switch. It's going to connect several slingboxes, Wii, PS3, Tivos, MediaSmart Server, several Airport Extremes/Express (11n), Macbooks, Mac Mini, webcams, AVR, etc.

Requirements
- All ports are gigabit
- Jumbo frame support
- Runs cool. This'll be stored in a garage rack but I want to make sure the inside temps are manageable w/ 'some' active ventilation.

Nice to have but not required
- Trunking
- Stacking port, could be GBIC but doesn't have to be.
- VLAN

I can live w/ unmanaged. Looking for something around $300. There's a couple on Newegg but curious if anyone here has direct experience.

OK IT guys, let's hear it.

Re: 24 port gigabit unmanaged switch recommendations
oldskoolboarder #310523 06/16/10 07:03 PM
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I'll be of no help since we don't buy anything in your price range at work. We're running 10G in the data center and need to manage everything.


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pmbuko #310527 06/16/10 07:19 PM
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You're not going to get trunking, stacking, or VLAN on an unmanaged switch, because those are features which require some sort of management interface to configure.

For cheap, fast, cool running, I use Netgear's purple switches with the metal cases (not the silver plastic ones). Don't know if you can get 24 ports for $300, but it should be around there.


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Re: 24 port gigabit unmanaged switch recommendations
pmbuko #310528 06/16/10 07:23 PM
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 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
I'll be of no help since we don't buy anything in your price range at work. We're running 10G in the data center and need to manage everything.


Ha, maybe I should just set up some virtual GBE Nics and get a 10G swtich.

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oldskoolboarder #310553 06/17/10 05:53 AM
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Also useless. I always buy Cisco. I have a Netgear 24 port gigE switch sitting on my desk, but the management interface is horrible and I'm not fond of the thing at all. I seem to recall that when we were using it, we had to restart it all the time.

OTOH, a former client of mine has been running just fine with their 16 port Netgear switch for a long time. Never used the management interface on that one.


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Ken.C #310555 06/17/10 11:19 AM
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Hi there,

I have been running with a netgear Prosafe GS116 (16 Port) for quite a while now (about 3 years now) and have had no problems with it whatsoever. WIth the metal casing it runs cool, so no moving parts which is great.

I have a PS3, NAS, Media Server,WII etc.

With the sort of features you're after you would probably be looking at something more in the business market.

Hope this helps


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madjak #310599 06/17/10 05:25 PM
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Hard to beat Cisco stuff, but admittedly their prices are not exactly consumer friendly and configuration is a challenge if you are not already a Cisco person.


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Murph #310603 06/17/10 05:44 PM
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So you should be the Cisco Kid or perhaps this version, as this a music oriented site \:\)


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Re: 24 port gigabit unmanaged switch recommendations
jakewash #310617 06/17/10 06:27 PM
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Also, I don't think you're going to get jumbo frames without a managed switch.


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Re: 24 port gigabit unmanaged switch recommendations
Ken.C #310619 06/17/10 06:35 PM
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D-Link's is listed as supporting jumbo frames.

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