What kind of switches should I buy? (For Extranet redundancy)

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Feb 24th, 2009
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We have two non-Cisco, redundant firewalls at our office. Also we have two WAN ISP's. What type of Cisco switches would be sufficient to drop in front of the firewalls? We would only need 8 ports max, and all of them doing 100mbps is fine. Lastly, they would need to be able to VLAN - that's about it. Perhaps two 2960's would work? Their purpose is just to split the incoming WAN line into two wires; one goes to the active firewall, the other to the passive....everything here is 100% ethernet (including the WAN lines) Any suggestions??

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Jon Marshall Tue, 02/24/2009 - 07:01
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If all you are looking for is L2 switching with 100Mbps ports then yes the 2960's would be a perfectly reasonable choice of switches.


fwnetworktech Tue, 02/24/2009 - 07:04
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Yep, that's pretty much it. The 2960's seem to have the horsepower for it - and I'm not looking to suggest something that is overkill for something so simple.

Thanks much! Looks like I have a PO to put together for management.


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