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Cisco 4500-X noise

Hello everyone,

I bought two cisco 4500-x 16 ports for my network infrastructure (planing to make VSS etc.) and I've got a BIG problem with those two switches, they're really really noisy ...


When they'll be configured i'll install them in two different places, one in our server room and the other in a office at another site.

The problem is that I can't install them in the office because of their noise ...

Is there any way to reduce the noise of this switch ?


thanks for your help !

  • LAN Switching and Routing
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Cisco switches with fans are

Cisco switches with fans are not designed to be installed in quiet spaces.  The fans are there to extract hot air generated by the components inside.  They run at high speeds and crusts accumulate on the fans, they fans will get LOUDER.  

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Hi,If I remember correctly,


If I remember correctly, the 4500-x 16 comes with 4 fans and they do get pretty loud. It makes less noise once it is booted all the way, but still is loud for an office environment.


Thanks for your responses !So

Thanks for your responses !

So there's no way to make them quieter ? I know that they need to be cooled, is there defferent fan for the 4500x that are quieter and more effective ?

These switches are designed

These switches are designed to go in a Data Centre or a Server cabinet with adequate cooling and ventilation at the very least.

Installing them in an office is asking for trouble.


Thanks for your responses, we

Thanks for your responses, we've changed our touhgt and we're going to put them in ou server room.