[RndTbl] Small switch recommendation.

Adrian Stoness tdk.knight at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 23:21:57 CDT 2017


On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Adam Thompson <athompso at athompso.net> wrote:

> On 2017-06-02 12:38, Theodore Baschak wrote:
> Based on the prices of new items that meet your needs,
> I'd almost recommend buying a Cisco Catalyst 3560-48TS -- 48+ gigabit
> ports (48+SFPs). I picked up one for around $200 shipped for my birthday in
> late 2016.
> I also picked up an HP Procurve 2910al-48 for around the same price, its
> also got 48 gigabit ports + some SFPs, SNMP, CLI, etc.
> The only drawback on the HP stuff is the spanning-tree on the Procurve is
> pretty funky when you enable it (its not enabled by default), I would
> recommend against mixing these with other vendors.
> HP's spanning-tree implementation works perfectly fine.  What they fail at
> is making it obvious which STP variant you're running, which is (IIRC)
> 802.1w by default, *not* 802.1d.  Which then interoperates poorly with
> 802.1d switches, since HP's implementation of 802.1w's
> backward-compatibility mode employs different timers (again IIRC) than most
> others.  This is not wrong, they're within the standard, but ...
> ...yeah, ok, funky was a good word in the first place :-/
> Beware the HP-branded gear that started out life as 3Com instead of HP;
> it's awful.  Horrible.  Terrible.  My thesaurus is inadequate for this
> task.  The lower-end Procurve switches are all most Procurve-lineage
> devices, and while they certainly have quirks (VLAN handling would have
> been my #1 pick) they're solid.  Better hardware than the Cisco, in my
> experience (fewer port failures).
> -Adam
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