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Hey guys!

I'd like to ask you around for general experience and feedback on some components I am considering.
To describe the situation - we will be moving to a new office, from what I know so far, it is going to be 10x20m (considering the department to use it, will be mostly computers), so it's (to my vision biggrin.gif) going to be a cramped open space.

Anyhow, STP is to be done for the time being, considering the cabling will most likely go through the ceiling (luminescent lightning, other cabling).

As for a switch, I've seen the D-Link DGS-1210 48p switch a couple of times and general feedback was good. <- considering that
As for the rest, I am pretty much considering Roline stuff - wall jacks, patch panel, cables and connectors, etc.

What I would like to ask for is your recommendations - I am trying to steer clear of anything overly expensive, however quality should not be compromised. thumb.gif
Also perhaps a softer snagless solution for the shorter patch cables might come in handy, because the pain...


Perhaps this whole topic is a bit pointless, but I don't want find myself pulling my hair out. And when I came to this place, the wall jacks were s***. Really s***.
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Also perhaps a softer snagless solution for the shorter patch cables might come in handy, because the pain...

Yeah you definitly want to use snagless cables. Nothing more anoying but to thow away a perfectly good cable just because the hook broke and it keeps unplugging itself.

As for the switches, in my company these are considered as a budget solution. We use the PoE version of these for telephony because they are cheap. For regular ethernet switching we chose HP.
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Indeed. At home, I usually cut it and rehook it again tho. biggrin.gif
Alas, I want everything to be clean in the server room hence no "trust me, I'm an engineer" stuff.

Thanks for the feedback!
Currently our only PoE device is supplied through an injector, so that would be fine.
I will take a look at HP as well, but I doubt I'll find a deal as sleek as this router - 670$, taxes incl.
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Alas, I want everything to be clean in the server room hence no "trust me, I'm an engineer" stuff.

Oh it wasn't my point at all... in fact I'm not even an engeneer. What I said was taken from observations at work. And yeah HP switches are expensive and probably not even worth concidering depending of the size and budget of your company. That deal you have on dlink looks good, just pick a spare one or two depending on the number of those you are deploying and you're good to go.
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Oh it wasn't my point at all... in fact I'm not even an engeneer. What I said was taken from observations at work. And yeah HP switches are expensive and probably not even worth concidering depending of the size and budget of your company. That deal you have on dlink looks good, just pick a spare one or two depending on the number of those you are deploying and you're good to go.

I apologize if my post was misleading. ^^ I rather concur with you.
It's just that if I have to deal with a snagged cable at home/LAN parties, I cut it - I've even had a cable working without a proper connector. However, I, like you, want to keep things clean in the server room. (:

As to the LAN - the switch is going to be alone, having 22 ports plugged for starters, however expansion will occur.
Network utilization is more or less going to be office work - not really more than 100Mbit/sec at any point of the workday. At night, tho, it's backup time. So it should be fine. With load balancing, even incremental backups can run in work hours, too. Spare switch will be an old 10/100 in case something goes wrong. It will suffice for work, with backups to only one external location until disaster recovery is complete.

And, yes, HPs won't justify their cost for the time being. Sadly...
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Alright then no apologies needed smile.gif
And yeah at a lan party or even at home you are always handling cables, pluging it here, then there and then back again, no way you are doing that in a server room. To keep everything clear, it looks much better with snaggeed cables. They are remarkably harder to unplug by mistake which is good.
I suppose you are right for the replacement switch if you only have one. However have you concidered putting 2 * 24 ports instead of 1 * 48 ? I don't know if it is viable in terms of cost but that's maybe a good compromise.
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Well, 2 24-port managed switches with dedicated ports would be about 40% more expensive, also that would be twice the rack space. And I'm thinking of something small in there, as I saw a compartment that would perfectly fit a small AC-ed box.
And if I go for the cheaper 2*24 ports option (managed, no stacking), there would be a choke point of 1GB/sec - the connection between them. Meaning that I would really have to plan anything ahead, and make sure I foresee everything possible. Going there, should the need of rerouting cables appear, would not be a viable option. :/ And I really don't know how things are going to go there, but if anything, a NAS is the least to be expected or a file/samba server or something.

True that if a switch hangs, *in theory* 1/2 of the LAN will still function, but for now I won't be able to put a box with two NICs as a secondary bridge in between to avoid the SPOF.
And who knows - if it proves to be indecent, I will simply hook up the 24-p 10/100 switch for the office workstations for a while, swap the 48p with a 24-p managed I have in the current office and later get a second managed 24.

Perhaps you would agree with me given the circumstances?

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If any of the points can be overruled by a simple 2x24 solution, I am willing to take it into consideration. It may even justify the higher price, if I find some 24's cheaper.
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