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network switch for home use recommendations

Dear All,

can anyone recommend a 24 port switch, rack-mount, fan-less to be used to provide internet to all rooms in my new flat? as I came in early during the construction of my flat I was able to have all of the rooms wired for internet with all cables to be combined in my basement. There I will have a small rack and put in my NAS, Modem etc.

I'm no techie but understand the basics. Any recommendations would be welcome.

I'm using a Netopia modem with Swisscom VDSL with their TV service, will have 2 tv's one of which will be new so internet ready (recommendations would be good as well)

The only wireless AP will be the Apple Extreme Base Station (not very thrilled with it but giving it last try) and use the Airport Express to extend wireless to other rooms.

Thank you in advance for any tips. I checked Digitec and the options are wide so need your help.
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Re: network switch for home use recommendations

I have been using D-Link switches for home environment for a couple of years and never had a problem. They have a low cost, automatic 10/100/1000 MBps 24 port switch that might suit you.

If you look around, you'll find switches with the same speed and number of ports that are an order of magnitude more expensive. Those are managed switches that allow very detailed configuration per port. However, for home environment those are probably over-kill and simple automatic switch like above would do.
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Re: network switch for home use recommendations

Netgear makes awesome switches at good prices.

You can get this one for about 200CHF here in Switzerland:
http://www.netgear.com/business/prod...724ts.aspx#two

When comparing, note if it is a "managed" or "unmanaged" switch. Managed means you can log into it and change settings, "unmanaged" is just a simple switch and you can not change anything. Also look at what QoS settings the switch has, to make sure real-time traffic is prioritized (eg. VOIP phone is not interrupted by a FTP download)
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Re: network switch for home use recommendations

Thanks guys. Yes I know the bit about managed vs. unmanaged. Gigabyt seitch is what I need as I've put in high quality cabling. After sime research the Cisco SG100-24 seems to be ok priced with good reviews.
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Dear All,

can anyone recommend a 24 port switch, rack-mount, fan-less to be used to provide internet to all rooms in my new flat?
I didn't know 24 room flats existed in Switzerland... or did you really mean your 24 room castle?!

24 ports switches usually draw quite a bit of electricity (and that will be 24/7), it would make more sense to use a standard low-power 8 port home switch and then use additional 4/5/8 port switches in the various rooms where you need more than one port.
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Re: network switch for home use recommendations

+1 for D-Link and Netgear. Cheap and cheerful and will suit your requirements I reckon.
No need for Cisco, you would just be paying for the badge. They have a cheaper line called Linksys which may also suit you.
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I didn't know 24 room flats existed in Switzerland... or did you really mean your 24 room castle?!

24 ports switches usually draw quite a bit of electricity (and that will be 24/7), it would make more sense to use a standard low-power 8 port home switch and then use additional 4/5/8 port switches in the various rooms where you need more than one port.
Not 24 rooms but I have already enough devices to fill up 16 ports.
Fanless and power saving units is what I'm considering.
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+1 for D-Link and Netgear. Cheap and cheerful and will suit your requirements I reckon.
No need for Cisco, you would just be paying for the badge. They have a cheaper line called Linksys which may also suit you.
I get decent discounts on this type of gear. The 24 port unit from Cisco for example I can have for low 20's. Limited lifetime warranty helps I guess. I do have a small rack in the basement so rack mountable makes sense from esthetics point of view
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24 ports switches usually draw quite a bit of electricity (and that will be 24/7), it would make more sense to use a standard low-power 8 port home switch and then use additional 4/5/8 port switches in the various rooms where you need more than one port.
Not really, alot of newer switchs have "eco" features, which includes un-used ports being automatically turned off when they are not used. I have a 4-port switch and an 8-port switch, and they both use about 4W each (I measured them with a plug-thru watt-meter).

Cisco is a good choice, I'd go with either Cisco/Linksys or Netgear. Cheaper or other switches might not have the quality features built in. When I plugged my devices right into my Thomson router (provided by Cablecom), I'd always get interruptions on VOIP when someone started downloading, but when I put a Cisco switch in front of it, this solved all my quality issues, no more interruptions on my VOIP calls anymore
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Not really, alot of newer switchs have "eco" features, which includes un-used ports being automatically turned off when they are not used. I have a 4-port switch and an 8-port switch, and they both use about 4W each (I measured them with a plug-thru watt-meter).

Cisco is a good choice, I'd go with either Cisco/Linksys or Netgear. Cheaper or other switches might not have the quality features built in. When I plugged my devices right into my Thomson router (provided by Cablecom), I'd always get interruptions on VOIP when someone started downloading, but when I put a Cisco switch in front of it, this solved all my quality issues, no more interruptions on my VOIP calls anymore
Thanks esto. Currently I'm between SG 102-24 and 100-24. Specwise identical bit one is definitely a rack fit while the other 11' wide so i guess shelf fit.

Found out that an 18 port might be sufficient so looking at SG200-18 as well.
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Thanks esto. Currently I'm between SG 102-24 and 100-24. Specwise identical bit one is definitely a rack fit while the other 11' wide so i guess shelf fit.

Found out that an 18 port might be sufficient so looking at SG200-18 as well.
The SG 102 and SG 100 are both un-managed switches, you are aware of that, right? That would maybe make things simpler for you, but then you have no control over it's behavior, you have to rely on default settings.

The SG 200 is a managed switch, so there you could custmoize settings, for example give port 1-4 High Priority, ports 5-8 Low Priority, etc. That you would not be able to do with an un-managed switch.

Look also at NetGear "ProSafe" line of managed switches, they are usually maybe 20-30% cheaper than Cisco, but are just as good, maybe better.
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The SG 102 and SG 100 are both un-managed switches, you are aware of that, right? That would maybe make things simpler for you, but then you have no control over it's behavior, you have to rely on default settings.

The SG 200 is a managed switch, so there you could custmoize settings, for example give port 1-4 High Priority, ports 5-8 Low Priority, etc. That you would not be able to do with an un-managed switch.

Look also at NetGear "ProSafe" line of managed switches, they are usually maybe 20-30% cheaper than Cisco, but are just as good, maybe better.
Unmanaged are sufficient for my home needs. Trying to stay under 250 and get the best bang for my buck. Will re-check Netgear even though I heard some bad feedback around them (freezeing-up, frequent resets etc)
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Re: network switch for home use recommendations

I see 3 un-managed Netgear Gigabit 24-port switches for under 200CHF:

http://www.toppreise.ch/index.php?k3=512&manu=35&o=pa

I work almost exclusively with Netgear switches and never had any problems. That said, I have nothing bad to say about Cisco either, if you think that's a better choice for whatever reason, go for it.
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I see 3 un-managed Netgear Gigabit 24-port switches for under 200CHF:

http://www.toppreise.ch/index.php?k3=512&manu=35&o=pa

I work almost exclusively with Netgear switches and never had any problems. That said, I have nothing bad to say about Cisco either, if you think that's a better choice for whatever reason, go for it.
which one would you recommend? managed or not? this will be home use so Swisscom TV, downloading, streaming,VOIP telephone, access point, NAS, Connected PC and few other bits..
18 port is fine as well.
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