[RndTbl] SOHO Switches
grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca
Mon Apr 21 10:00:15 CDT 2003
According to Bill Reid:
> Brock Wolfe wrote:
> > I need to do some network upgrading and started looking at 16 port
> > ethernet switches for a small business network. The D-link, LinkSys,
> > 3COM, Netgear, SMC, Ovislink, brands seem to be mostly available for
> > this market niche. Any recommends on make/models or features to use
> > or avoid. Thanks in advance for the advice.
> > Brock
> The last couple of switches I bought were Netgear's FS605. Good price
> and they have both been working without problem for a few months. A
> great feature which is becoming more common is the ability to sense
> which pair is receive/transmit so you do not need to worry about
> rollover cables, etc. In other words any port can be the uplink port.
> SMC also has this feature.
> As a side note: I would like to see equipment which requires a power
> adaptor to use the kind that only use one space on the power bar. I have
> seen one on a Netgear router last year and thought what a great idea.
We're using OvisLink SW-800 mini 8-port 10/100 switches on a couple
spots on our net here in Physiology, and they've been trouble-free so far
(about 2 months). They too have the automatic crossover on all ports,
which is a nice feature. Based on my experience, I'd expect that their
16-port product would be a safe bet too, though I wouldn't have too many
concerns about any of the brands you mention above. The power adapter
is a bit on the large size for the 8-port model (heavier than the switch
itself) so you'd want to put it at the end of a power bar.
Gilles R. Detillieux E-mail: <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>
Spinal Cord Research Centre WWW: http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3E 3J7 (Canada)
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