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What are the important quality parameters to a network administrator, when buying or defining devices for a network?
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Personal opinion:
What company is behind the product? How long has the company been around?
What kind of support can you get for free?
What kind of support can you get for a fee?
What is your budget? You want the best quality that will fit in your budget.
Do you want leading-edge technology, or proven work-horse products?
How much will down-time cost you, per minute, in lost productivity and actual revenue, and lost potential revenue while you were down?

Some examples
LinkSys has some really cheap products that work well in small office/home office environments. Just don't try to get any technical support whatsoever.

Cisco has world-class products with world-class 24x7 support and options for 24x7x4-hour on-site support. But, it will cost you up-front.

Nortel has some good products, but they used to be Bay Networks, and before that they were Wellfleet, before that.. etc.. and support is hard to get.

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Personal opinion:
What company is behind the product? How long has the company been around?
What kind of support can you get for free?
What kind of support can you get for a fee?
What is your budget? You want the best quality that will fit in your budget.
Do you want leading-edge technology, or proven work-horse products?
How much will down-time cost you, per minute, in lost productivity and actual revenue, and lost potential revenue while you were down?

Some examples
LinkSys has some really cheap products that work well in small office/home office environments. Just don't try to get any technical support whatsoever.

Cisco has world-class products with world-class 24x7 support and options for 24x7x4-hour on-site support. But, it will cost you up-front.

Nortel has some good products, but they used to be Bay Networks, and before that they were Wellfleet, before that.. etc.. and support is hard to get.

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Jbriones,
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