Dell Powerconnect switches

Are they actually made by Dell?  or OEM from somewhere else?

Are they good reliable swtches?  

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No idea on the mfg for the Dell switch.  Did a quick search and found

We had a couple of these that worked fine.  I was used to HP Procurve, so I never warmed up to or liked the user interface that much.  
As for reliability, make sure you check the warranty.  For me anything less than lifetime replacement (no charge on  HP Procurve) I am not interested.

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Michael DyerSenior Systems Support AnalystCommented:
I've used one for years without any issues (knock on wood!).  That said, I have no idea who actually makes them for Dell.  

Incidently, Dell just anounced a new family of managed Gigabit Ethernet switches that also include support for the Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard for power utilization. They are supposed to be much more energy efficent - anthough I never thought of my switch as a big power user in the first place.

When they first came out (late 90s, early 2000s) they were physically identical to (SMC) Tiger switches.  Even the silkscreening.  Just a different base paint color and sticker.  The redundant power supply (RPS) hookup was identical, and they referenced the exact same model # for redundancy.  (Much cheaper to buy the non-Dell special-order).
^ we bought because of available credit and lease terms on our business account, and because they were cheap (dollars-wise) compared to putting in more HP ProCurve gear just to connect a few Macs together.

After finding out it was re-badged Tiger stuff, and Dell wanted a premium price for their name on it,  we didn't buy any more.  We trashed so many cheap 10BASE-T Tiger NICs at that time it wasn't funny.
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