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Cat4506 Chassis with Cat2955

I am looking some advise on what direction I should persue for an expansion to my network.

Currently I have a Cat4506 chassis with a Sup II+ engine and one WS-X4232-RJ-XX linecard with the WS-U4504-FX-MT daughtercard to provide uplinks to four Cat2955 switches. I chose the Cat2955 because the switches are in an industrial facility and they fit the envrionment very well. Each of them has a multimode fiber uplink.

The issue I have now is that I need to add at least 4 more Cat2955 switches to the topology and find that the x4232 is EOL. I can always find a used one somewhere, but is there another currently shipping linecard that will do the trick? I see there is WS-X4248-FE-SFP with the 100BaseX interfaces, but don't really need 48 ports, just 8.

Is there another linecard that can downswitch a 1000BASE-X port to 100Base-X, or can I use a 100Base-X SPF in a switch like the WS-X4448-GB-SFP?

What are my options, aside from buying another X4232?

Any suggestions would be apprecaited.

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Cat4506 Chassis with Cat2955

Wow.  All the things you need are End-of-Sale.

1.  Can you describe where the 2955 are installed?  I want to know what's the environmental factors affecting the decision(s) to use 2955.  I mean, you can't forever choose 2955 if you need more switches in the future.

2.  Whats your budget?

3.  Are you planning to upgrade your chassis and line cards?

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