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Hi, due to some severe power spikes, we're looking into getting a new switch.  The old one, an HP ProCurve 4000M,
had been serving us quite well, but we're concerned it got enough of a jolt that it might have some problems.

Any suggestions for what to replace it with, and any particular process for replacing it?  
We're thinking something with Gigabit capability and perhaps something that can do
some packet filetering, but ease of installation, mainteanance, and reliability are our
key issues.

Thanks.
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by:fm250
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I have expericed very good performance with linksys and/or any cisco based. So you may try to avoid other brands such as netgear, d-link.

hope this helps!
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by:jar3817
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I've really only had experience with Cisco switches (2950s and 400Xs), but they are fantastic. Which ever switch you buy, make sure you get a surge protector/UPS/power conditioner so you don't run into the same problem with dirty power.
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by:fm250
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As jar3817 mentioned I second recommand the ups backup. it is very important to have it.
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by:knightrider2k2
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Buy a 3com or cisco switch. They are good reliable switches.
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by:lrmoore
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Cisco 2960 10/100/1000 for good all around layer2 switch
Cisco 3560 10/100/1000 for good all around layer3 switch
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by:cooledit
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hi, Patrick

Maybe it would be good if you explained to us what kind of scenario you have there users, servers and so on
so that we really could recommend also for the future based solution.

1.  Do you want to this as a backbone switch
2.  How many connections do you need + future usage 48 port 192 ports
3.  Do you want to connect Phones Inland power ?


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by:Patrick_Baldwin
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This switch is basically connecting the third floor to the second floor; it's been in place since long
before I started working here.  There's about 7-10 users on this part of the third floor, some of
whom will need to move around files in the hundreds of gigabytes range from time to time.  There's
a few more ports than users in place, mostly to handle a few devices like a printer and a Wireless
Access Point.   There might be some growth in devices attached, probably not in number of users
in the forseeable future.  No need to connect phones.
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by:lrmoore
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How about fiber? Do you have fiber cables between floors, or CAT5?

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by:Patrick_Baldwin
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cat5 between floors.
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my recommendations are still the same. if you can get that cat5 certified or upgrade to fiber you will be better able to create multi-gigbit links between the two floors.
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