Which Switch should I get?

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giantjoebot Posted: Tue, Jul 24 2007 7:28 AM

 I need to buy another gigabit switch.  I currently have a NETGEAR GS108 10/100/1000Mbps ProSafe Gigabit, and a 100mb compusa.  I will be replacing the compusa one.  I was considering getting another Neatgear switch, but I was looking around, and found some that might be better for about the same price.  Honestly I think I might just replace the Neatgear gigabit switch that I got if these are better.  2 are 3com switches, I'm not sure what the difference is between the 2, and the other is a Zyxel.  I have heard great things about both companys, but I have not been able to find any reviews, including on newegg, about these switches.

3com 3CGSU05 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Switch 5

3com OfficeConnect 3C1670500B 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Switch 5 

ZyXEL GS-105A 10/20/100/1000/2000Mbps Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch 5

The Neatgear that I was looking at

NETGEAR GS605 10/100/1000Mbps Desktop Switch 5  

NETGEAR GS105 10/100/1000Mbps ProSafe Gigabit Desktop Switch 5 

The one that I currently have

NETGEAR GS108 10/100/1000Mbps ProSafe Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch 8 

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Jul 25 2007 2:46 PM

 looks like you are looking at standard desktop unmanaged switches there probably won't be much difference until you get a managed one but they cost lots more. why not get another of the same one you have? or at least stick with the same brand as I've found out sometimes mixing switch gear brands does affect transfer speeds on the local network.

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 I was actually thinking about replacing the one I got.  I got a Netgear on a recommendation from over at Broadband reports forum, but I'm not a big fan of the company. 

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CCS replied on Mon, Sep 3 2007 2:15 PM

The Netgear unmanaged switches are quite cheap, and are at the low-end of the market.

 3-Com is widely recognised as one of the original switching companies, and has a massive large-business customer-base.

 Whilst the 3-com ones you are looking at are probably lowish-end too, because they are basic unmanaged switches - they are still of quite high quality and very reputable & reliable.

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Freeman replied on Mon, Sep 3 2007 6:17 PM

Agreed, the IT firm I worked at over the summer used naught but 3com switches, and I highly recommend them. 

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Thanks guys

Thew 3coms are very reasonably priced in comparison to the other brands.   I think even cheaper the Zyxel switches.

One thing that I noticed about a Zyxel switch that we have at my work is that it doesn't have wall mounting ability.  The guy that installed it used double sided tape to put it on the wall, and it fell off the other day.  I'm not saying that all their switches are like that, but it makes me not want to get one.   

 

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