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Drashna Jaelre

Every time I look at those they seem like a good idea, but they are expensive and not very flexible.

Totally. But if you have 20+ cables to run... between all the holes needed to be drilled and ran, and the time to run each of these cables.... it may be worth the cost.

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yodafett

One other option would be get 2 HP V1910 switches you can then make a bundled trunkline using copper even instead of fiber with 2-4 of the ports to give you better bandwidth on the trunk.  better Cisco switches can do this but I have used V1910 for this in the past.   it would even let you vlan a lab to main data if you want to segregate your network.   I do this in my office between the cisco switches on the bladecenters and the core 4510 to give me 4GB per trunk group to the VM host instead of just 1 gb

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ikon

I suspect this is going to be a popular way to create uplinks for many homes in the future. 10Gb fibre GBICs have come way down in price from just a few years ago, but the switches themselves are still pretty pricey for home use, with many of them going for $600 and up. The HP V1920-24G yodafett mentions can be bought from Amazon.com for only $255, but it's not a 10Gb switch — you would have to aggregate 2 or more copper cables.

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yodafett

Nice thing is they have 8, 16, 24, 48 port versions not to mention POE. We use them at all 7 of my remote sites to create fiber rings around the sites due to distance and running 3-4 seperate networks per site then use them as the central router before hitting the MPLS routers. All said and done have about 100 of these total and have a lifetime warranty.

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CablDeViL

thank you all for the feed back. And I have to admit the spf five and trunking with copper is above my pay grade. SO I am trying to wrap my head around all the options.  Schoondoggy it seems that the GS748T I could send 2 SF fiber from the main switch to the top floor and that would give me 2GB trunk?  And if I used all for it would be 4G?

 

Yodafett I am looking at the HP now and trying to figure out what one is better for my use case.

 

Reply again later this week with even more knob questions

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CablDeViL

ok I purchased one GS748T for $60 plus shipping.  There is another one with port 13 bad for just 20 bucks.  I may  try to swoop in to this bid at the end.  Then once I have these 2 switches I will need guidance to trunk them / bind them whatever the correct term is =)

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ikon

It appears there really isn't a single correct term any more: Link Trunking, Multi-link Trunking, Link Aggregation, Link Spanning, Port Binding, etc.... I've heard them all.

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schoondoggy

In the data center, LAG(Link Aggregation Group) is the most commonly used term for the function.

Although trunking is a commonly used term as well.

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schoondoggy

ok I purchased one GS748T for $60 plus shipping.  There is another one with port 13 bad for just 20 bucks.  I may  try to swoop in to this bid at the end.  Then once I have these 2 switches I will need guidance to trunk them / bind them whatever the correct term is =)

When you get it, use the serial number to determine the version and update the firmware:

http://support.netgear.com/product/GS748Tv1

Here is a guide to the software. section 4-10:

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/FSxxxT_GSxxxT_smartswitch_UserManual.pdf

Administrative manual on the GS700T family, Section 4:

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GS700TS_UM_12Jun09.pdf

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