which cisco switch do I need to get? (urgent)

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
Hello experts!

I'm upgrading my network and I want to get a cisco swtich that is capable of vlan trunking and all that...

I have about 40 machines on my network (printers, servers, workstations, etc) and I want to separate into three different VLANs ... admin, bank, and accting.

I don't necessary need a switch with 48 - ports on it...because I have basic 3com switches that I could hook into the cisco switch to expand the number of ports on a particular vlan, but I was hoping to have at least on gigabit port that I could plug the servers into.

Please advise.
Question by:neomage23
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    Get a Cisco 3550 series (12, 24, 48 port) with a couple GBIC slots (can be used for gigabit).  The 3550 will do layer 3 routing between the VLAN's and is fully capable of trunking.
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    I agree with JFrederick.  Just make sure you're not wanting to divide up those 3com ports into vlans.  Not sure they have the technology to do it.  You can assign a port on your new 3550 switch to a vlan, then have that feed the 3com switches...

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    A cisco 2950 will do as well; some models will take a GBIC.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for the comments guys...I've decided on the 3560 - only because I can get it for the same price as the 3550 and it is the "replacement" of that model. Split points.

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