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22 Oct 2009 06:56 #587 by garfi3ld
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We have been talking about putting money toward the network fund. I just wanted to show you guys what the current goal is. We are currently running the hub off of an 8 port unmanaged gig switch. At v5.0 we will be adding another 8 port from a staff member just to get by. My goal is to gather the money to pick up a smart 24 port gig switch to use as our new backbone.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item...33-122-138-_-Product

This is cheaper than what I was originally hoping to upgrade too, at $250 bucks its cheaper but still not cheap. We will be putting all of the soda money, the other half of the 50/50 drawing, and any donations into the network fund. Maybe we can reach this goal at v5 so we can try it out at v6.0!?

Wes

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22 Oct 2009 07:28 #588 by Scootpogo
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Have you tried getting ahold of netgear or linksys/cisco for sponsorship. Im sure if your lucky you could get one. Cause i mean without them there would be no lan

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22 Oct 2009 12:58 #593 by Reaper
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I have a little rule with NewEgg. If the 4 egg ratings and 5 egg ratings are less than 80% of the total reviews, buy with extreme caution. Looking at the negative reviews on that thing, it seems to suck on the one thing you would definitely want it to be good on: the actual managed implementation. This is the one we install at most of our clients:
www.infinity-micro.com/ProdDisplay.asp?C...028B#ABA&se=GY&p=.75

The problem with NetGear & DLink are that they make GREAT lowend consumer switches but they can't match the features / power of the big boys. Also Cisco, you would think by the price that this is the cadillac of network gear and in many respects it is - the reliability of a Cisco and the level of support they put behind their products is pretty much unmatched. What IS a problem with the Cisco is you almost NEED to be certified on their products even to do simple things and many times you need to use extremely proprietary software to manage them - software which doesn't get updated in a timely manner for 64 bit OS's for instance... TBH most of the people that sing the praises of Cisco get paid good money configuring / installing / supporting them. On HP, say what you will about them in other areas (hey, I've always hated their printers, too!), but their business class stuff, including their networking is hands down the best value in my mind.

EDIT: Meant to include some cons of the switch I linked.
1. The switch is actually a 22x2 not a true 24. The x2 can be used as more RJ45, OR fiber.
2. Doesn't truly stack.

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22 Oct 2009 15:11 #596 by jpwinkis
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Check ebay or craigslist for a used one thats cheaper first?

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22 Oct 2009 15:59 #600 by Lersar
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jpwinkis wrote: Check ebay or craigslist for a used one thats cheaper first?

As someone who has purchased used networking equipment in the past, I'd say that in the majority of cases your better off to spend the extra cash to get a new product. A lot of bad experiences with used switches. A lot.

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23 Oct 2009 05:21 #646 by garfi3ld
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we have had trouble with a few of our used switches. When we get to the point where we are ready we can look at the options a little more closely

Wes

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23 Oct 2009 11:57 #649 by Wingless92
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Count my in for donating $20 this weekend. 100mbps is just so slow, lol. We really do need that gigabit connection. Would help out when transferring games and such.

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25 Oct 2009 06:20 #673 by Dreyvas
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Wingless92 wrote: Count my in for donating $20 this weekend. 100mbps is just so slow, lol. We really do need that gigabit connection. Would help out when transferring games and such.


Or porn, as you put it so well at the raffle. :D

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25 Oct 2009 16:26 #674 by Twodavez
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Wingless92 wrote: Count my in for donating $20 this weekend. 100mbps is just so slow, lol. We really do need that gigabit connection. Would help out when transferring games and such.


And instead of donating $20, you donated $35! Right on!

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