virtual cisco switch

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I am looking for a inexpensive way to connect a cisco switch in a lab and not have a huge electric bill like a Cisco 2950 or 3560. It would be nice if I can connect a SOHO 24 port device and run a CISCO IOS on top of that. I do not think thats possible but the SOHO switch would use less power. Any alternatives out there.
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A 2950-24 switch has a power consumption of 30W, maximum. A quick bit of Googling indicates the average price of electricity in California to be  13.6 cent per KWh.  Doing the math, that means the switch would use, at most 68c worth of power per week of constant running.

Not sure what your financial priorities are, but I think I could live with that.



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