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 From:  Per F Pettersson <pelpet at acc dot umu dot se>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Another Hardware Question
 Date:  Mon, 18 Dec 2006 07:57:56 +0100
I work as a communications specialist for a it consultant company and we 
mainly recommend HP Procurve switches for our customers. I think they 
are reliable and fairly priced. They have most the features of 
similar-ranges ciscos at half the price, free software updates and 
lifetime warranty.

In that price range, I would go for a HP  ProCurve Switch 1800-24G 
(J9028A). They  have all the features you have requested and comes with 
22 +2 dual personality gig ports. It should cost slightly less than 400 


If you want a totally silent (fanless) switch, a 2510 with 24 10/100 + 2 
dual personality gig uplinks should be availible for around 330 euros.

You can get managed swiches from linksys and probably d-link and netgear 
cheaper - maybe at half the price of procurves or less, but these are 
consumer-grade switches. My experience is that sometimes they work 
properly and sometimes they don't, and they don't have any suitable 
tools for troubleshooting and you can't get any decent support - only 
firmware upgrades. I would not use such switches in corporate 
environments where downtime would be a problem.

/Per F Pettersson

Glen Page wrote:
> I have standardized on HP Procurves for all of my managed switches. 
> You might find one in your price range. They are rock solid, have a 
> fantastic warranty and give pretty good bang for the buck.
> I have actually bought a few off ebay to get them even cheaper. Just 
> be very careful to read the fine print. Make sure it is a managed 
> switch (I usually double check the model on the HP website to be 
> sure). Also make sure you are not bidding on damaged equip. I almost 
> won a dead switch that had been through a flood. Thankfully, someone 
> else who didn't read the find print out bid me in the last minute.
> On Dec 16, 2006, at 5:12 AM, sai wrote:
>> I had a look at an ASUS switch recently. 2 GIG, 24 100/10. VLANs 
>> capable.
>> It was nice, really good, but I am not too savvy about manageable 
>> switches.
>> It was much cheaper than the 3COM ones. ASUS have been making really
>> top class mobos but dont know if their switches are any good.
>> sai
>> On 12/16/06, Alexander Schaber <lists at alexanderschaber dot de> wrote:
>>> Hello m0n0ers ..
>>> I'm in need of a new switch and got 400 to spend, and since I guess 
>>> here are
>>> some of the finest network specialists I'm able to get in contact 
>>> with .. I
>>> would like to have some information on what to look out for..
>>> Required Specs:
>>> 24 Ports
>>> Managed Switch (especially VLAN) (Should be possible for that 
>>> budget, right?)
>>> Open Choice:
>>> Either 24 x GBit or 24 x 100MBit + 2 x GBit Uplink
>>> Are there, as there are with NICs, any advantages of using a 3COM 
>>> Switch?
>>> Greetings
>>>  Alexander
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> Glen Page
> Technology Systems Administrator
> ThetNet
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