d-link vs Linksys

Posted on 2006-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Dear Sir,

I am going to setup 450 node of Network.  I have the option of D-Link Switches and LinkSys.

Which Layer 2 switch should i purchase?

The Model No. of D-Link is DES-3526 AND
LinkSys Model No. is SRW224GW
Please help
Question by:liji77
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    Hi liji77,

    you sure thats the linksys model????

    i have a bias for linksys over dlink but i need the correct mod number to compare

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    I know this is not what you asked but my answer would be NEITHER!!  Linksys and D-Link are great Small Business/Home Office solutions, but if you are going to be setting up a 450 node network, you will definitely want to look at a higher end solution.  Layer 2 switches throughout will limit you in the long run.  You may not see the need now, but if you are going to deploy network infrastructure, you should allow for as much scalability as you can, starting out.  i.e Layer 3 switches (at least a couple) 10/100/1000 ports available (I'd recommend both Fiber ports on board and Copper gig)  Will there be a need for Power over Ethernet at any point?  VLAN's? VPN?  When you say D-Link and Linksys I think of cheap solutions that will cause more headaches than anything on a 450 node network.  They just aren't equipped to handle that kind of traffic.  When it comes to Network Hardware, you get what you pay for.  Trust me, I inherited a Network with all Dell Switching products (PowerDisConnect series) and I would have recommended all Cisco had I been here when they "upgraded"

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    Linksys model SRW224G4
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    I agree with Jandakel2...exactly my thoughts.
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    they are basically the same, and do exactly the same job.

    One may have some "features" but most people do not use all of the "features" that are available to them.

    get the one with the features that you need and will use.

    Good Luck,
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    I would have to disagree with this points split, as Jay_Jay's response, was not really a response, it was a question.  This is not a flame on Jay_Jay, as I have seen several of his posts and is always extremely comprehensive.  I would have to argue that in this case, however, his response would not warrant a split.


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    Tis a fair call - i have no problem with that

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