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I am looking to deploy about 3 network switches into a not-for-profit organization who would like to cut down on hardward costs. Having come from a Cisco background I am having a bit of a challenge to come up with a low-cost, but still decent, managed switch. Anyone have any recommendations? I hate Netgear so don't bother with them. Thanks....
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by:wct296
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consider Linksys... they are owned by Cisco and much of the development/tech comes from Cisco, but they are significantly cheaper.. we run nearly all Linksys here (some HP for iSCSI tho) and they work brilliantly..
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MrJemson earned 125 total points
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Im an advocate for HP. They are not as cheap as Linksys or any other of the SOHO grade products, BUT they come with a LIFETIME warranty.
This means, 10 or even 20 years from now your switch blows up, it will be replaced free of charge with a brand new model of equivalent functionality.
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by:paulsolov
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HP makes good hardware.  You may also want to look at 3Com, their product line leaves something to be desired  but they offer great discounts to non profits and have a lifetime warranty as does HP.  Dell is not bad for a price point but rebrands Netgear with a little more management
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by:kdearing
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Take a look at the Dell switches.
Packed with features, relatively cheap.

PowerConnect 2724 - 24-port, Layer2, all gig, web-managed, <$300
PowerConnect 3524 - 24-port, Layer2, 10/100, managed, <$350
PowerConnect 5424 - 24-port, Layer3, all gig, managed, <$825

Note: retail prices
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