Choosing Switches for New Office
Posted on 2016-11-10
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?