Will a Layer 2 managed switch pass though VLAN tagging?

Posted on 2007-07-19
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am currently running a Cisco VoIP network with VLANs separating the data and the voice traffic. I have a 3650 PoE 24-port Layer 3 switch to handle the routing. I also have four 3500 XL 24-port PoE switches. All the switches are connected via their Gigabit GBIC's. I am looking to add a Gigabit switch to connect all my servers and switches. This switch does not have to support PoE. What are some features I need to look for? This switch does not have to be a Cisco product. It just needs to pass through the VLAN tagging. I'm looking at spending less than $1,000 for this switch. Any suggestions?
Question by:EFRTech
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    Just look for 802.1q vlan tagging support. This is the open standard that Cisco switches default to.
    Take a look at the Adtran Netvanta 1224/1524 series switch line.
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    You might be bit price constrained given the cost of GBIC's.  How many GigE ports to you need?

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    I currently have the GBIC's in the Cisco switches. They connect to each other for the uplinks. I would like a gigabit ethernet switch to connect everything together. I believe the Cisco switch has a 10Gbps backplane and the 3650 has 32Gbps. I'm looking at something with about 48Gbps backplane. Would that improve the performance of the network. Currently we are running a couple SQL apps, Exchange, Office, and an Intranet webpage.

    Here are the units I'm looking at:

    Linksys: MFG#: SRW2024
    48Gpbs Bandwidth

    3Com: Mfg. Part: 3CBLSG24-US
    48Gpbs Bandwidth

    Netgear: Mfg. Part: GS724T
    48Gpbs bandwidth

    Would any of these work for my situation?
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    by:Mark Walden
    If i were you i would go with a Foundry Network device.  They are as good as Cisco but not as high priced.  How many devices are you looking to connect.  What type of interface, all fiber links?

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    I don' t have any fiber links at this time. These would be all gigabit ethernet links.
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    Sorry if did not read the end of you question.  I dont thing you will be able to get a Foundry or Cisco device like the one you want for under 1000.  I would not recommend Netgear, but Linksys and 3Com are good low end devices.  Also a company call Allied Telesyn (or Telesis) makes good switches.  I would recommend contacting these companys and asking about there products.  Also if you have an account with CDW, you can have your account rep do the research for you.

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