Need a good switch

We need a switch for our little network.  24-port should do fine.  I don't want to have any fancy configuration other than plug and play.  I need something that is good quality and long lasting, but not terribly expensive.  10/100/1000 capable

Any professional suggestions?
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atlas_shudderedSr. Network EngineerCommented:
My personal preference is Cisco's 3750 series but this may be outside of the budget arena you are looking for.  Any ideas on how much you want to spend?
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al4629740Author Commented:
little too much there.

Anything under 750ish
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atlas_shudderedSr. Network EngineerCommented:
Check out the Cisco 2960 series if you want managed.  May be a little over the 750 mark.

If you can work with unmanaged, look at Cisco's SB and SR line (LinkSys).  These come in at about half your budget line at list price.
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al4629740Author Commented:
any recommendations on the Linksys then?
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atlas_shudderedSr. Network EngineerCommented:
Cisco SR2024C or Cisco SB 24-Port
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
There are two trains of thought on Linksys - those who love them and those who loath them.  I'm in the later.  I would never recommend a cisco product because they fail more than any other product I've seen (outside of Symantec products - which don't really count in this discussion since Symantec is generally software and Linksys is generally hardware).

Most PROFESSIONAL consultants and technology experts will tell you NOT to purchase anything unmanaged since they are USUALLY more trouble than they are worth.  Personally, I'd suggest either a Dell Layer 2 switch (client just got one - installing it tomorrow) or something from Netgear which offers a lifetime warranty.
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Kamran ArshadIT AssociateCommented:
Hi,

Also check out Juniper EX 3200 or Foundry EdgeIron...
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bsohn417Commented:
Stick with Juniper or Cisco. Cisco being better product to manage in LAN side. You can get good used switch with 48port (with l3) under 700.00 if don't care about gig connections.  3550 48 ports with 2 port being gigabit.
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al4629740Author Commented:
Would the Dell Layer 2 switch be hard to configure.  What is involved?
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bsohn417Commented:
Stick with Cisco, look the average support that you would get from expert-exchange on cisco. lot higher than dell.
Better product, i can tell you for sure. we have some cisco sw for over 4 year with no issues.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Let me be clear here -

Cisco - the stuff ORIGINALLY called Cisco - is generally fantastic in every way - fantastically reliable, fantastic performance, fantastically expensive.

Yes, stick to Cisco - if you can afford it.

Just be careful - the "cheap" Cisco stuff IS linksys and the linksys stuff, in my experience is CR*P more often than not.

If you can't, then Dell or Netgear should be fine.

In general, all switches are plug and play - the management features are used IF YOU WANT TO - and can be great at helping to diagnose problems with the network.
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afurmanCommented:
Hello!

I agree with leew: do not buy an unmanaged switch. My recommendation is 3Com Switch 4200G (24-Port 10/100/1000, p/n 3CR17661-91).

http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/detail.jsp?tab=features&sku=3CR17661-91&pathtype=purchase

You can switch it on and use right out of the box. You do not need any configurations to make it run in your network. But later, when you need something to change, you can do it easily.
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atlas_shudderedSr. Network EngineerCommented:
I'll jump back in now that I am awake.

Like I said prior, go Cisco if you can make the dollar work.  If you can't, you are most likely looking at the Dell, LinkSys or 3COM.  They work and are cheap but there are performance differences.

I'm a Cisco geek.  I've worked with it for years and in that history, I'm of the opposite scope as a couple above.  I've seen Cisco outshine everything else.  If you want something that just does the job and that is all that is cared about, look at the above 3.  If you want something that works and keeps working, aim for the Cisco.  There is a reason they carry the market.

As for the Dell, etc. and how easy to configure.  Most any switch is plug and pray at Layer 2 and/or unmanaged, however, there are sacrifices that come with running just straight up layer 2 or unmanaged.
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al4629740Author Commented:
So what is the cheapest Cisco unit that would work for me?  24 port
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al4629740Author Commented:
Or something from Netgear with a Lifetime Warranty
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bsohn417Commented:
2960-24tc-l < new about 700
Or you can buy on from ebay for 150.00 (3550 layer-3)
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al4629740Author Commented:
do you have the link to that cisco unit?
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al4629740Author Commented:
how about the 2960 unit for 700
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al4629740Author Commented:
Can I use this switch.  Plug in our comcast line into this unit and then connect our whole network??

http://www.buy.com/prod/cisco-catalyst-2960-24-s-managed-ethernet-switch-24-x-10-100base-tx/q/loc/101/205728811.html
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al4629740Author Commented:
Actually, I wanted one that was 10/100/1000.  The 2960 is not
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carlisle_cibfCommented:
HP switch 2824. I like the web interface better and it has a life time warranty.
We have CISCO Switches and HP. The HP interface is much easier to use.

Plus it has a command line as well.

Just a suggestion.

Hope this helps.
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