Choosing Switches for New Office

Posted on 2016-11-10
Last Modified: 2016-11-30
I usually cringe when I see a question that starts with, "What is the best...".

My new office has 68, two cable drops in it.  Idea is that one will be for data, the other for voice (VOIP).  I currently have 35 staff to look after.

Voice and data terminate at their own patch panels.  From there I was planning on two non PoE switches (48 ports total) for the data lines, and one PoE 24 port switch for the voice lines (not everyone is getting a phone immediately after the move).

My cabling installer has recommended the Cisco SG500 28P, but at $750 a pop it seems that it is well over my budget... and moreover seems to be overkill for my situation.

Small business.  Traffic on the network is for access to the internet and for reading writing Excel, Word, and PDF files to/from the server.  This is not a high volume network.

I've been using dumb D-Link 10/100 switches for years... want something more than that as complaints about voice service in my current office have been many.

Thoughts as to my best options for switches?


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Netgear,lifetime warranty and tech support.
Unlike Cisco you don't need a contract for firmware upgrades.
Stay away from HP ,as they are just like Cisco and lifetime ain't a lifetime warranty.

Street price under $400
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Unlike Cisco you don't need a contract for firmware upgrades.

SMB switches don't need a smartnet to download firmware and surprise, they have lifetime warranty too.

My cabling installer has recommended the Cisco SG500 28P, but at $750 a pop it seems that it is well over my budget... and moreover seems to be overkill for my situation.

Look into SG300 series. They are cheaper than SG500.
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Just rebranded Linksys.
Street price is still @$650+.

I find the qualty and service of Netgear just a notch above.
I have 24 port poe and gig switches that are 8 years old and never had an issue.
Free hot cross ship too.

If HP didn't own 3Com,that was another winner too.

The Dlink pro stuff looks good ,but my dealings with them for warranty sucked.

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by:Wayne Herbert
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I opted to go with the Netgear GS752TP model.  48 port, very price competitive, and many positive reviews, including from my server guy who loves Meraki/Cisco.  Cisco lower end switches were still $120 more at best price, and there were a few negative reviews of STP issues in their lower end SMB products.
Thank you for the assistance.  The admin guide is 322 pages long... reading to do.
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