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48 Port or 24 Port Switch for Small size office...

Which Switch is preferred for a new office with 15 employees intially which would grow up to 50 - 60 employees in next two years?  I am thinking to go for 2nos. of 24 port switch rather than 1no. 48 port.  The reason being if one Switch goes wrong or repaired, then the whole office work wont get disturbed.  Please comment....

Also how we make sure that quality of the Cable is good or best and also we are planning to give the cabling work to some third party....what are all the things to be noted down and instructions to the cabling contractor in order to have a good cabling?  We opt to go for Cat5E cabling...

Many thanks in advance
Thiru
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-Leo-Commented:
About the switches: if you don't have significant budget or corporate policy for Cisco, I would reccomend you to go with Dell.

I have recently installed 2 x 3324 Dell Powerconnect LAN switches - http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/pwcnt_3324?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

They are great, based on the similar to Cisco IOS software, with all required features: SNMP, VLAN's, RMON, Telnet/SSH, STP and more ...
And price is very reasonable, competitive to the similar Cisco product.  Also, you can stack these switches which will be good for your needs ...

If you prefer to go with Cisco, Catalyst 2924T will do the same job but for the triple (or about) price ..

Regarding the cabling: to make sure your CAT5E is proper CAT5E installation, you have to choose right cable vendor (Avaya, Belden, Alcatel or any of the famous), ask your contractor to provide you with all the specs for the cable, outlets and patch panels, and also provide you with test results, made with proper Category 5E cable tester (like Fluke DSP-4000).  If all tests will pass, you can make sure you LAN will perform just fine ...

Good luck!
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thirunaAuthor Commented:
tHANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS....As per our company corporate policy, we have to go for CISCO Switch....but would to like get your comments on choosing the correct switch...I mean

1. Advantages of using one 48-port switch instead of 2nos 24-port switches?
2. Advantages of using 2no. 24-port switch instead of one 48-port switch?

thanks
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-Leo-Commented:
Advantages of using single device are well-known: single device to manage, 1U (usually) form factor in the cabinet which is taking less space than 2 x 24 ports switches, but you can have full network outage if this single device will fail, so, you have to care about redundancy.

Using of 2 x 24 ports switches will do a kind of redundancy for you and also you can separate your users within 2 switches (half of the building on one switch and second half - in another). Also, having 2 x switches in your case (when you don't need them both running at the moment) will give you one spare switch ...
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-Leo-Commented:
If you prefering Cisco - 2950T-24 will cost you $1295 (Global price list) each, or if you prefere advanced features you'll need 3550-24-EMI which will cost you $4990. Choose model, depending on your needs ...
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sciwriterCommented:
A switch for 50-60 employees can be handled easily by the Cisco branded lower end, which is now Linksys.  Linksys is now owned by Cisco, and is their lower end "budget line" but is still made by Cisco.  Look at the --
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/software/ios123/123cgcr/ipv6_c/sa_stat6.htm
Check managed and unmanaged switches there, you will certainly find a switch to suit your needs there....

With the cabling, all you have to specify to the contractor is that they use CAT8 cable, 100 base standard, with 100 base ends -- unless you want to go with fiber, in which case, monitor the contractor VERY carefully for compliance with fiber-optic installation standards -- a lot of them compromise this, so be careful....
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Gen2003Commented:
Try to choose conctactor for cabling wich is certified "cabler". There are such certificate category from vendors i.e. Avaya.

Regards.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
If you use two stackable 24 port switches you have the best of both worlds. Behaves like one switch for management and if one fails you still have 24 working ports. Adding a third switch to the stack in the future will be trivial. Costs a bit more of course because of the added functionality. Look at the 3570 series if your policy is for Cisco.
http://cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps5023/index.html
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pseudocyberCommented:
andyalder beat me to it - yes, just go with stackables.  We're deploying 25 3570's right now in about 5 unit stacks.  You can add to them as you need.  Additionally, you can purchase a Redundant Power Supply unit for them and have many of the features of a chassis based solution.
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thirunaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your comments....I am still not clear about the cabling part....

Please help me how to efficiently manage a Cabling contractor and make sure that proper cabling is done?

Thanks
thiru
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pseudocyberCommented:
You want Category 5e or 6 cabling.  6 would be better, but more expensive.  Go with what your budget can afford.  You want the same category for all patch panels, wall jacks, and patch cables.

Meet with a couple of contractors and tell them the above and how many drops you'll want.  Have them discuss the manufacturer of the wall jacks, patch panels, cabling, and wire management.  Many manufacturers have a whole line, except for the cabling.  Name brand is good, but there's high end and low end and middle.  Shoot for the middle, IMHO - good stuff at reasonable price.  Then discuss labling standard for your company - you'll want all cables labled by the installer in a scheme which makes sense to you.  There is a standard - EIA/TIA 606 I think.

Once you decide on the manufacturer of the equipment, the cables then you can get a couple of competiive quotes from different installers.  Compare apples to apples.

Also specify you want all cabling tested and certified to level II or III certification.  III will cost you more money.  You want reports on all cabling tests, both electronic and on paper.

That should pretty much do it.   Ps.  Ask for references and or customers where you can do a site visit and inspect the quality of workmanship of the cabling installer.  It should all be very neat and organized.  

DON'T SKIMP ON WIRE MANAGERS (structured wiring) in your wiring closet.  More managers are better than less.
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fixnixCommented:
2 more small advantages on going w/ 24's if you don't purchase the second until it's needed:

1:  Prices tend to come down over time and/or the technology improves for the same price.

2:  Tax depreciation benefit long term.  Example:  If your accounting department uses 5 year MSL to depreciate your assetts, and you don't purchase the second switch until next year, you'll still be depreciating the second switch a year after the first is fully depreciated from a tax standpoint.

Very minor points, but bosses usually like to hear things from financial perspectives so it might get you some brownie points.
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