Is 3Com 24-switch necessary or typical switch will do?

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classicalboy

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We are moving to a new office location. The guys who will be setting our network is proposing the following equipment:

1. 3Com 24-port 10/100 mbps switch
2. 24-port Patch panel
3. 6u data cabinet
4. 1u cable management

The new office will be a 2-floor building with around 40 computers. I asked some of my friends who are more expert on network setup and told me typical switch (Linksys, Cisco) will do if we need to save some money.

What do you think? Thanks a lot!
 

JohnWill

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Well, first off, I'd be specifying a gigabit switch for expandability, I can't see investing in a 10/100 switch in 2010! If you don't need a managed switch, or need to save money initially, and unmanaged switch will probably be significantly cheaper.

In point of fact, if you want to go really cheap, you can get away for less than $100! :D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...igabit switch&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
 

classicalboy

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Hey John thank you so much for the quick reply!

Actually, I don't think we need a managed switch. Not all 40 computers need internet access and network is primarily for file sharing, printer sharing, internal chat, and that's it. Currently I am managing internet access through the wireless router interface and it is enough for the time being.

Cost is not the main factor. I just want to get something fairly enough based on our requirements. We do need very stable LAN connection when people are accessing the file server. My boss told me we can invest on good equipment.

Thanks again!
 
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