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Master Geek

# 96423 26-Jan-2012 23:40
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Hi all,

I'm looking at messing around with Radius + 802.1x on my wired network and would like some recommendations for a switch which would support port based authentication and gigabit speeds. Ideally the switch would support gigabit and have between 8 and 16 ports.

I've looked at some used HP Procurves and Cisco's on Trademe, but I'm really not sure what to go with.

Thanks very much.

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  # 573926 27-Jan-2012 06:54
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I can certainly recommend Cisco SF300's. They are a brilliant product for the price.

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  # 573935 27-Jan-2012 07:57
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You'll want an SG300 for gigabit speeds, but agree with sbiddle. They are an excellent switch.


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  # 573945 27-Jan-2012 08:30
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I have never actually seen 802.1x used for wired but I have a number of Cisco SGE2000, SFE2000 etc. (about 5 in total) and they are relatively good apart from a password bug. If you just want to mess around maybe get an entry level 100mbps?

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Master Geek

  # 574003 27-Jan-2012 11:01
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Thanks for the replies, it looks like everyone is set on Cisco gear. Would you recommend picking up something second hand from trademe? 

The reason I would prefer gigabit is so that I can drop it in as the main switch at home and also experiment with the other features like VLAN, QoS, etc. I don't really want to slow everything back down to 100Mb though.

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  # 574035 27-Jan-2012 12:30
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For some reason I can't edit my post, but would a Cisco SG200-08 be suitable? The SG300 only comes in 26 ports+ it seems. It looks like the SG200 does support 802.1X but only with MD5 hashing which I suppose isn't too bad.

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  # 574078 27-Jan-2012 13:31
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Hi there, I have a netgear GS108T ( on my home LAN. This is also married to the GS108P that I used for POE. From memory price was pretty good and have no issues with either of them.

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  # 574223 27-Jan-2012 20:31
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mastapenguin: The SG300 only comes in 26 ports+ it seems.

There are 10, 20, 28 and 52 port versions of the SG300 series with PoE variations of most models. Look for the SG300-10 (SRW2008-K9-AU) or SG300-20 (SRW2016-K9-AU).


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Master Geek

  # 574348 28-Jan-2012 11:16
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Thanks for the replies, is there much of a difference between the sg200 and sg300? The sg200 can be had for less than a 108t.

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