Switches - Managed or unmanaged - That is the question...
Posted on 2016-09-30
I inherited an account of a small properties management company with 20 users and 20 various PC Workstations running Windows XP to Windows 7. This account has been running on TWO switches:
> HP ProCurve Switch 2600 Series
> Netgear 24 Port 10/100 MZbps Fast Ethernet Switch
Our shop lives and dies by using Email, printing to a MFP office size copier, and VoIP phones (Altagen VoIP system). Our field managers use Windows RDP to remote in to their office workstations to perform their on-site duties. And the CEO has requested that the field managers move their hardware based PCs to Hyper-V VM, to which we have purchased a HPe DL-380 server.
> Backups are ran every night.
> The property management software that we use forces us to use no higher then Windows 7 on our workstations.
Last night the Netgear switch died and I need to replace it. The CEO and I have discussed moving the intra LAN to 1G as all of the workstations are 1GB ready. I really like the HP ProCurve, but it is 10/100, so the plan is to purchase a new 1GB HP Switch and use the 10/100 HP Switch for lower priority devices.
If I read the HP ProCurve Switch 2600 Series spec correctly, it is a 'managed switch', which i have to be honest, we do use and really don't know much about using this level of switch. i have done some research on 'managed' and 'unmanaged' switches, and it looks like our little shop is right in the middle of useage-scope of these two classes of switches.
Can we gain something by going with a managed switch?
> Keeping in mind that once a network confirmation is working, it does not change.
Would we be hitting a technical ceiling if we go with the 'unmanaged' switch?
> Meaning, will we be needing to move to the managed switch in the future (I realize that is difficult question to answer as you all are familiar with our shop).
Suggestions on the implementation of the 1Gb intra-net.