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Can Cisco 2950 switches be stacked to act as one switch? We will need one 2950 switch with GBIC fiber to accept the backbone feed. We will ultimately need 48 port capacity. Would I be better off getting a 48 port switch with the GBIC slots or one 24 with GBIC and one standard 24 port? Will performance suffer with two 24 port switches? 24 ports would probably get us started but we'd be at or very close to capacity. I'm trying to decide whether I should go ahead and get the 48 port or start with the 24 port first and then add another when needed and if I choose the later will there be any performance loss.
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You can go either route personally you can cross connect and cluster the 2950's but a 48 port 3550 is a better fit for many reasons and is easier to manage.  

If you connect the 2 24 port switches together you will not see any performace hit at all just more network equipment to manage and more power supplies to possibly fail. In turn though you have 1 48 port switch and it dies everything is down so I don't think its an either or situation but rather what are you trying to accomplish -redundancy or port density.

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Thnaks Scott, that helps with my decision. My main concern is port density because I will probably be slightly over 24 ports, but erndundancy is a good thing. So providing that there won't be any performance hit I'll probably go with two 24 so I have redundancy if needed.

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