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Has anyone ever used D-Link business class Layer 2 switches, Web Smart. Need opinions on reliability, failures, featires etc.

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I have been seeking new switches and ran across D-Link business class switches such as the Web Smart DGS-1224 and DGS-1248 Layer 2 managed switches. There are few reviews that I could find. Other than they are inexpensive is the throughput good? Will they run forever (well almost forever as like anything else, they get old and we have had a failure or two), like most all of our 3COMS?

I doubt I am seriously looking at them to install, but for the price, I could find a place or two IF they were good.

Has anyone used them, have them installed? Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions will be appreciated.

John
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Absolutely crap. Stay away.

They're ok for SOHO, but if you want reliability and performance go see HP ProCurve or Cisco, you get what you pay for. ProCurve has a lifetime warranty, and 90% of their switches have a switching fabric speed equal to the ports... eg 48 port GbE switch = 48 x 2 gbps (Full Duplex) = 96gbps backbone.
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Thanks! This is the kind of info I am needing. Apparantly DLink is giving a lifetime warranty from my research. The throughput does seem to be lacking. Have you actually used them?

Thanks again. I'll leave this open a few days for any other comments.

John
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In my network? No.

I'm a network engineer, and my job is to integrate IP PABX's into a customer's existing network. I've seen a few customer that have gone down that "D-Link" path. A few couldn't believe how much better things ran when upgraded to ProCurve/Cisco. Others couldn't tell the difference, but most had at least one D-Link die within 24 months.

Plus some of them advertise VLAN or "802.1Q/p" support - if you can call it that. Not impressed.

But I see that they do a Limited Lifetime Warranty, surprisingly.

Have a look at this one:

J9028B HP PROCURVE SWITCH 1800-24G

Gigabit, Web Managed, Lifetime warranty with next day replacement - (Including power supply and fans).

It's basically the same spec as the D-Link DGS-1224. Shop around I don't think the price is that different.
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Thanks! I guess that is what I expected.... low end business class stuff.
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