OT: Does a low-cost, reliable switch exist?

Andrea Venturoli ml at netfence.it
Sun Jul 15 09:40:09 UTC 2007

Kurt Buff ha scritto:
> On 7/14/07, Modulok <modulok at gmail.com> wrote:
> <snip rantage>
>> I just need something stable enough that I can catch some
>> sleep without this re-occurring nightmare.
>> Is there hope? Thoughts? Suggestions?
>> -Modulok-
> Look at eBay for a used 24 port HP switch. They are reliable, and the
> lifetime warranty doesn't go away because you bought it used. They
> have serial console ports. In particular, take a look at the ProCurve
> 2510-24.

I've had some problems with cheaper HP ProCurves...

I sleep a lot better since I switched to 3Com.
I've got some running 24/7 without a hitch for some years without once 
rebooting them; they are under UPS as every switch should be (but 
probably they would work fine anyway).
They can be managed through http/https, telnet, ssh, SNMP, ecc...
The web interface isn't exactly what I would dream of, but there are 
worse ones. It's some years old, anyway, so it might have had 
improvement over time (I never updated it). It doesn't require flash or 
java or any other crap.

They are not as expensive as Cisco, but neither they are as cheap as 
others. If you buy used one, you should also inherit their life 
warranty, as described by Kurt (but check this, since it might depend on 
the exact model). Depending on your budget (does "not $500+" means "max 
$490"? :-) you might afford a new entry level one.

Just my two cents.


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