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Recommndations for a new switch

Situation: I have to recommend a switch for a client and their usage will be as follows:

Switched environment needed in main building using about 32 ports, about 10 other ports are being used by satellite buildings for Internet Access and access to the main LAN. They want VPN for a few users, but not enough to warrant buying a specialised VPN box as well. I am thinking about a 2950 switch with 48 port card in the back.

any other ideas? Budget is important there.



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Re: Recommndations for a new switch

The 2950 is a great switch, but there's one thing that I found out after I bought it that MAY have influenced my decision. It only supports dot1q trunking. If your customer has a Cisco switched network and is using ISL, they may want to consider something else, possibly the 3548.

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Re: Recommndations for a new switch

For performance, configuration ease, durability, and support, I'ld go for the 2948G. But, since budget is the factor, your best bet would be the 2950G-48. How are your connections to the other buildings going to terminate? Fiber or Cat5? Distance to satellite buildings? Gig uplinks to other switches in buildings or direct end-user terminations? If direct, no Gig uplinks needed. The 2950G-48 is a very cheap solution but will get you what your user wishes, connectivity on a budget. Good luck.

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Re: Recommndations for a new switch

The links to other buildings are either going to be CAT5 or even Cable Internet to one site through a VPN. The total distance of the spread is about 2km, (just over a mile) for the longest distance. Some runs are about 200 metres.

Gig is not needed. From the sounds of it the 2950G-48 is the way to go.

Thanks for all your input everyone.