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Recomended switches for a network of 125 hosts


Related to my previous question - we want to install three 48-port gigabit switches to run our network.

We were originally looking at LinkSys srw2048, but aparently these cannot be backplane stacked.

I'm looking for a recomendation - a 48-port gigabit switch that we can somehow link at the backplane to allow maximum throughput - otherwise all the switches have to be linked by a single ethernet cable.

Any ideas? Budget is not limitless - something similar to the srw-2048 would be great.

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what about the Procurve 2810-48G  goes for somewhere around ~ $2,000 versus the Cisco 3750G-48Ts around ~ $ 6,000
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Well a 6500 can handle way more that 96 gigabit ports.  You can get up to 11 48-ports blades in a 6513, over 500 ports.

But unless you plan to grow a 6513 would be way over kill, in fact I think any of the 6500's or 4500's would be overkill.

Can the 2810-48G do layer 3?  I didn't think it did.

Do you need L3 capability?
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Many thanks for the suggestions - but these switches are several thousand (GBP) wheras the SRW2048 is about six hundred!

akalbfell said

"if the linksys has everything else you need but you are just worried about backplane between switches why not user etherchannels between the switches to up the bandwidth? that will help with the backplane issue although you will be using up some ports"

The linksys DOES have everything we want. And it IS just the backplane between switches. But the etherchannels thing confuses me. Is that what the "Port Trunking for up to 8 groups allows you to increase your bandwidth for each uplink or Server connection" is for? Presumably I need to get fibre cables and link the switches with them?



im a cisco guy, what can i say...
in regards to the 96 gig ports i was thinking specifically a 6506 which i believe that is true for although i could be wrong...

yes, sorry etherchannel is a cisco term but its a trunk. essentially bridging multiple links to combine bandwidth.
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Awesome - many thanks. If you can group up to 8 pairs then that means I can have four links between switch1 & switch2, and then 4 between switch2 & switch3 - giving a 4gigabit uplink between each one?

Many thanks - will probably stick with our srw2048.

yep, thats probably your best bet

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