What is the product differences between the Cisco SLM2048 switch and the Linksys SLM2048 switch?

Posted on 2009-12-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Is the Linksys / Cisco SLM2048 the same switch? It looks like it is.
If not, which one is better?
Does it give the most features for the price?
What are the best features about the product?
Question by:JohnnyBCJ
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    They're exactly the same unit.  Cisco has rebranded many of the Linksys business-class switches to Cisco recently.

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    That is what I thought. I've been doing some research and figured out that Linksys is a division of Cisco.

    I need 3 48 port switches for a hotel. I've been told to do some research on the SML2048 model and I'm not too sure what a person would look into when making highlights about a  switch or comparing them with different switches?

    Do you think the Cisco SML2048 is worth the price?

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    by:Jody Lemoine
    The SLM2048 is an incredibly inexpensive switch, so it's absolutely worth the price you pay for it.  The question I would ask is whether it's the right selection for the environment.  Are the management features what you're looking for?  Is the replacement time (approximately 72 hours on those units when they were Linksys... may have been improved with the rebranding) acceptable should there be a failure?  What business needs do you need it to address?

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    I think the 72 hour replacement time would be near suicidal. That is why we would buy 3 switches and only use 2. We currently use 84 ports but with the 3rd switch handy we should be able to replace it pretty quickly in case something happens. That is at least the idea  behind buying the 3rd switch while only needing 2.

    We really don't want any management features as such. We want to get it up and running and leave it.

    The internet at the hotel isn't extremely vital but it is important as many clients will need internet access at any given time.

    I believe we will be purchasing 3 Cisco SML2048 switches. Hopefully since the re-branding we will deal with Cisco's technical support instead of Linksys. Preferably we won't have to deal with any technical support at all.

    Thank you for your advice! Greatly appreciated.


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