Layer 2 Switch Recommendation

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Jun 16th, 2008
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Hi I wish to setup a site to site connection using a layer 2 network. Can you recommend the type of cisco swithc i need for this. I require the following setup:

Layer 2 site to site Vlans



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glen.grant Mon, 06/16/2008 - 03:43
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Its not a layer 2 switch if you need routing capabilities also . If strictly layer 2 then it could be a 2960 , if layer 3 is needed then the cheapest thing will be a cisco 3560 switch.

Ibbywannit Mon, 06/16/2008 - 06:46
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You could also use a 3550, it's about a quarter of the price of a 3560 and will still allow you to run Layer 3 routing if you have an enhanced image running.

Sushil Kumar Katre Mon, 06/16/2008 - 08:39
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Please note that WS-C3550-24-DC-SMI is the only switch model available under 3550 series switch rest all the models are EOS.

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michaelchoo Mon, 06/16/2008 - 19:22
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When you said "Routing" I assumed you meant routing between VLANs to you want trunked across the L2 link?

As far as switch goes, most of them have a rather basic QoS features, especially the low end ones. The only fixed configuration switch that I know have pretty comprehensive QoS features is Catalyst 3750ME. I'm not sure how 3750ME is priced compared to, say, a 3845 with switching blade.

If all you want is fairly basic QoS, for instance, just have 1 priority queue for voice and 1-2 data queue, then you can pick any of the newer layer-3 switch models (from 3560 upwards). But if you want hierarchical QoS... your option is limited (depending on your budget).


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