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Topic # 30899 25-Feb-2009 09:56
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Looking for a 16 port Gigabit Switch for a network of OS X users, thinking about a CISCO SR2016 but read a review on the internet that lead me to believe that they have a high failure rate and the RMA process is a pain in the neck.
Need some guidance on a switch with fans/link LEDs/rackmount/Lifetime warranty & is Gigabit, thanks.

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  Reply # 198218 26-Feb-2009 14:54
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They've had a bad rep in the past but I've got a D-Link DGS-1016D in the lab at work.
16-port, Giagabit, unmanaged switch. Works as advertised and relatively low power consumption.
Cheers.

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  Reply # 198276 26-Feb-2009 21:25
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I find dlink have crappy entry level home office switches and they also have veery good more expensive switches. This is one of the good ones.
I use an older model at about 5 customers premesis' and havent had to restart them in about a year.

RMA process is indeed a pain though





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  Reply # 198295 26-Feb-2009 22:43
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i have a Linksys SRW2024 which has been buried in the rack, all ports full and running both tagged and static vlans and aggregated trunks for a couple of years now with no issues.

i also have an hp procurve 1800-24g which seems fine, but it's only been running a month.  this one is also running tagged and static vlans and aggregated port trunking

i also have an older layer 2 dlink 10/100 switch which has been rock solid.  it pretty big though and needs to be tied up in the rack rather than just bolted in at the front.  the web interface on it is confusing though and you had to choose between tagged vlan (802.1q),  port vlan -or- mac lan.  you couldnt run a combination these.

if i had to choose a favourite out of all those for what i need i'd say the hp as its interface is easy to work with but if i was rating on features the linksys would win hands down.  Both the HP and Linksys have QoS but only the linksys is configurable.  The linksys also has rmon, stp, security/acls, and more




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  Reply # 198296 26-Feb-2009 22:50
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nobody: They've had a bad rep in the past but I've got a D-Link DGS-1016D in the lab at work.
16-port, Giagabit, unmanaged switch. Works as advertised and relatively low power consumption.
Cheers.


i have a couple of DGS-1008D's - the older models (not the ones plastered in 'green' labelling) - and had to replace both units under RMA.  They have a 5 yr warranty though..... The power supply has just failed on one of the replacement units and i'm not sure thats covered under the warranty.

i probably wouldnt buy one again especially with VoIP on the network now.  The web managed switches typically have QoS built in which is useful when running VoIP and other protocols that need priority tagging




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  Reply # 198307 27-Feb-2009 00:18
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Thanks nobody & raytalyor, will get on the net and do some more research and let you know what I decide on. Seems no matter what brand I choose RMA is always going to be a pain.

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  Reply # 198338 27-Feb-2009 09:18
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have a look at juniper switches not sure if they have a 16 port one but, i have been yousing juniper for a while now find the quite good and quite well priced



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  Reply # 198367 27-Feb-2009 11:33
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Most of the brands I am interested in are not in stock (bloody Ingram Micro), got a quote for a 16-port Gigabit SMC brand unmanaged switch with 3year hardware warranty. I liked the form factor & price, the distributor is based in NZ (Computer Dynamics on the North Shore www.cdlnz.com) so I would expect warranty & technical support would be better. It's a more basic switch than what I've been looking at, anybody have experience with the SMC brand? Thanks for your time Regs & casper021.




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  Reply # 198385 27-Feb-2009 13:29
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Changed my mind, CISCO SR2016 16-Port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch


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