Network switch recommendation / review needed

I am considering deploying Engenius PoE network switches in my school.  I have been using their wireless access points for several years and am totally happy with them.  Comparable HP or Cisco switches are at least twice the cost.  I do not want to spend foolishly but I need to control costs wherever possible.
http://www.engeniustech.com/products/controllers-switches/layer-2-poe/egs7252fp.html

Anybody have first=hand experience with these?
Ken HerrIT DirectorAsked:
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Anything wrong with getting used Cisco or HP switches? Most have lifetime warranty, you can get them for about 15% of original list price.
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gheistCommented:
dlink can undercut price (or netgear)
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
How many switches? How far apart?
Check out brocade, maybe the  icx 6430 or 6450.
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eeRootCommented:
Shop around to a few different Cisco resellers and make sure they know that this is for a school.  A good reseller should be able to get you a decent educational discount.  The 2960 series is Cisco's entry level access layer switch, they're cheaper than the higher end models, but just as reliable.
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MarcusSjogrenCommented:
People always try to buy cheap gear to save money due to budget pressure, only to end up spending twice as much due to problems / shorter life length.

Go for Cisco / HP and sleep tight at night.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
I buy used  WS-C2960-48PST-S, 48 port 10/100 with 1 GB uplinks. Less than $900 on the used market.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Please don't buy 10/100 switches for a new deployment, gigabit has been standard for years.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Many PoE phones are 10/100, and gigabit Ethernet isn't going to make Facebook any faster.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
I was thinking of network file shares at 11MB/s
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Ken HerrIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I'll try to comment on all replies.  

First of all, this switch is a gig switch, so no issues there.

File transfer speed is not a concern.

I have both 10/100 and gig PoE phones.  

Less expensive does not necessarily mean lower quality.  I would buy my Samsung cell phone 10 times again and again over buying an "I" product.  

I have been bitten by Netgear and dLink products and support in the past and would be very reluctant to buy them again.

The old expression about buying IBM products was "nobody ever got fired for buying 'blue'".  The problem was that 'blue' was no  better than upstart manufacturers who raised the performance bar while lowering the price bar.

I'm not certain about this: does lifetime warranty apply to the product, or is it only to the first owner?  I believe lifetime only applies to the original purchaser of the product.  

All that being said, I am looking for feedback from Engenius owners.  I have contacted some of the users mentioned in their case studies and they say that the case studies are fair representations of their experiences.
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Ken HerrIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
As an aside: I am staying in a Comfort Suites hotel tonight and while walking to my room, I noticed that all of the WAPs were Engenius.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Engenius makes decent waps, no experience with their switches.
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MarcusSjogrenCommented:
Lifetime warranty applies to the product serial number and both Cisco and HP has it on their business switches
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Ken HerrIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Regarding Cisco and HP lifetime warranties:

According to Cisco web site the lifetime warranty only applies to the original end user
Duration of Hardware Warranty: As long as the original End User continues to own or use the Product. In the event of discontinuance of product manufacture, Cisco warranty support is limited to five (5) years from the announcement of discontinuance.

According to the HP web site, the lifetime warranty only extends to the second 'bona fide owner'.  For products purchased after December 1, 2014 the lifetime warranty is only available to the original owner of the product.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Used gear is inexpensive. A cold spare on the shelf is more valuable than a next business day replacement.
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Ken HerrIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyone's comments - all pretty stock answers.  Unfortunately, nobody had first-hand experience so I didn't get what I needed.
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