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Dell Powerconnect 8132 10 GB Copper Switch - Loud Fans

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Just purchase and installed a Dell Powerconnect 8182 10 GB Copper Switch.  Periodically the fans will increase in speed for about 1 to 1.5 hours, then they'll go back to "normal".  The rack is located in my office and when the fan speed increases it's pretty loud.

I checked the health of the switch during this increased fan speed period and all the heat sensors are "good" except the MAC temperature sensor which indicates "Medium".

I have a Daikin Split Air Conditioner that keeps my office right around 70 degrees.  I even have it blowing almost directly into the switch front so it should be running cool.

Additionally I have a Sonicwall 3500 located just under the switch.  Tomorrow, I'm going to remove it to see if it helps.  I'm fearing the Sonicwall top cover is getting warm and transferring heat to the bottom of the switch.

I have never had an "advanced" switch - we only have had Dell Powerconnect 2624 & 2824 - simple switches.

Is this high fan speed condition normal with advanced switches?  (Anyone have a Dell 8132 ???)  Called Dell - they aren't too concerned... I feel like I'm on a commercial airliner!

Thank you
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These are high performance switches and I have seen Juniper and Dell fans (mostly power supply fans) making people feel somewhat uncomfortable. Please be rest assured, it's going to run uninterrupted for years to come. In any case Dell provides lifetime limited warranty on the 8100 switches. So basic hardware issues should be covered.  

If you are in a quite environment it might seems loud, but in our DC where people chatters all day long, I hardly notice it.

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Thanks Surbabu140977 - I just wanted to make sure the switch was working correctly before we went in production phase with our Xenserver.  No disrespect intended towards Dell, but their Technicians (2 calls) could have just simply stated what you said.. "It is normal" - that is all I was looking for.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my post!
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