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Which 2960 is best suited for home lab

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I have decided to purchase a Cisco 2960 switch for my home lab. will use it to network my two NUCs (running vCentre) and my desktop management PC. will add a NAS soon too. Will also use it to set up vLANs and get used to the Cisco CLI.

these are the same model with different chasses with more ports on the front , plus are the ports all Gig?

what's the major difference between the two apart from what's stated above abs which one would you recomend I buy? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272639320271

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293768292930
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Thanks everyone, going to steer clear of the 2960 and look for a 3560x!

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Once last thing is there a switch wit the same functionally as the 3750X/3650x but a smaller form factor? 8 ports is all i need but the smaller models are preferred - thanks once more!
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The smaller devices will usually only run IP Base, so you don't get much, if any layer-3 functionality, and the hardware doesn't support as much. For most lab things you're ok with a smaller switch though so if you're going to buy a small 8-port switch, get the 3560CG. Incidentally, I just bought one from Ebay for around £75.

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Many thanks for the info :)

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