[c-nsp] Managed, cheap, DC powered switch

Eric Helm helmwork at ruraltel.net
Wed Oct 24 22:16:48 EDT 2007

Brandon Bennett wrote:
> I work for a telco and have a need for cheap managed switches that are
> DC powered.  Cisco's line up is a 2950-24-DC.
> I am looking for something with:
>  * Better port density (48 ports per 1U).
>  * IOS like configuration (not needed, but would be nice not to
> crosstrain my team)
>  * CHEAP.  The gear is mostly just for monitoring and big backplanes
> and features are not really needed.
> I was wondering if anyone here has a similar issue with cisco devices
> and any alternatives they may have come across.

Haven't kept up much with Cisco's product line for 1U DC lately. Last I
knew only a 24 port 2950 or 3550 were available for a cheap 1U DC
switch. Foundry's FastIron Edge X Series is very reasonably priced, but
1.5U for 48 ports. It may be overkill for what you are looking for
though with full L3 and 10GbE capabilities.


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