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Use Catalyst 2948G-L3 or 2950G-48-EI to expand ports with a Catalyst 5500?

We have a Cisco Catalyst 5500 switch, and we've used up all the slots. Two of the slots in our 5500 are taken up by the 9-port Gigabit Etherchannel Switching Module (WS-X5410).

We need to add more ports, and we're considering doing so by adding a couple of Catalyst 2948G-L3 or a couple of Catalyst 2950G-48-EI switches. Both switches have gigabit ports which we could use to uplink to gigabit ports on the 5500's Etherchannel Switching Module. We use Cisco Works 2000 to manage our 5500 switch. We plan to have our 5500 switch for another couple of years at least.

There's a significant price difference bewteen the 2948G-L3 and the 2950G-48-EI switches. But if price isn't a factor, what switch would give us the best performance and the most flexibility?

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Re: Use Catalyst 2948G-L3 or 2950G-48-EI to expand ports with a

2950G-48 would be a better choice for you. You can trunk down to it from the Cat5000 and pass your VLANs to it using VTP. CAT2948G-L3 is more like a router and you'll have to use bridge-groups rather than VLANs

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