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Cat Switch for IDF Recommendation

I am looking for help in deciding upon a switch for an IDF that I am looking to establish. Right now I have a cat 4506 w/ 3 48 port 10/100 inline power cards and a 24 port gigabit module. We are running 3 vlans. (1 for printers, 1 for voice, one for other data) All I need is to be able to deliver these three vlans to the devices connected to this IDF. This is what I am looking to get:

WS-C3550-24PWR-SMI

or

WS-C3524-PWR-XL-EN

or

WS-C3550-24PWR-EMI

The C3524 seems to be end old life. The SMI is much cheaper than the EMI, but I dont know if I will need features that the EMI has and the SMI doesnt. Can anybody help me decide?

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Re: Cat Switch for IDF Recommendation

3550 is the way to go. For IDF, SMI should be good enough, but you can always upgrade to EMI by purchasing software upgrade kit if needed

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