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    Dell PowerConnect 3324 comments?

    Dell has their PowerConnect 3324 switch on sale for $399 this week. It seems to be a good deal, we just need Cisco 2924 equivalents - basic colo switching with support for VLANs.

    Anyone using these? Comments?

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    I was actually looking at purchasing two of these if I couldn't get my hands on an affordable Cisco 2924. And, unfortionately my source for the 2924 ran out, so we'll be making the PowerConnect purchase fairly soon.

    I'll keep you informed on how things work out. Though, I would also be interested to know if anyone already has experience with these.

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    We have used the PowerConnect 3348. Works great and saves you some cash. Although cable management is a pain with the 48 port.

    At $399, it looks like it is $200 cheaper then the 2950.
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    I believe that the Dell switches are made for them by Extreme.

    I know a few people that have them because they were cheap. No complaints so far. I've been too afraid to touch them because of a bad experience I had with Extreme switches a few years back.

    I think Dell is trying too hard to be "everything to everyone".

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    dell switches used to be rebranded 3coms, but i have a hunch they are not any more, so the extreme reddbranding is a possibility. we have used them in the past with no major problems, although you need to make sure they dont overheat (they are a bit sensitive, but dont generate heat by tehmselves) and that there are no loops (they dont detect those well). we have used them to push about 50 mbps at peak with no issues.

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    How are the PowerConnect 3324 compared to the Cisco 2924 and the Extreme Summit "i"series 24e3 ?

    Anyone tried any of them side-by-side?
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    erm, im not particularly fond of the low end cisco l2 kit, but the extremes and the foundries are really nice for 24 port l2 customer aggregation switches. they are quite a bit more expensive though. i would take a foundry over a dell anyday, but for a casual user (ie not an isp/provider deal) the dells are fine imho.

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    Thanks Paul...

    Since you can get the "Extreme Summit "i"series 24e3" for around $400 brand-new the DELL is not such a good deal IMO.
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    4oo bucks brand new? dang. actually, now it seems more and more likely that the dells are rebranded extremes. i strongly prefer foundries though, extremes cli is somewhat irky to me =] oh, and please never try to do l3 on any of these or horrible things will befall you and your network.

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    Originally posted by [eS]s.h.a.z.y
    How are the PowerConnect 3324 compared to the Cisco 2924 and the Extreme Summit "i"series 24e3 ?

    Anyone tried any of them side-by-side?
    We use all three of these switches, and I'll post a report soon as we just got the extreme and are using it as a backup to the dells and ciscos. We just need more time to render a solid decision on which performs best.

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    Originally posted by rusko
    4oo bucks brand new? dang. actually, now it seems more and more likely that the dells are rebranded extremes.
    Yeah $400 from large suppliers who specialise in liquadations/hardware sale companies etc.. I've seen quite a few also on ebay "new" at that price range from "townsendassets2".

    i strongly prefer foundries though, extremes cli is somewhat irky to me =] oh, and please never try to do l3 on any of these or horrible things will befall you and your network.

    paul
    If you get the "i" chipset version, you will be fine. If you get the old ones then you maybe in trouble .. but the "i" chipset are very solid.

    Basic L3 are fine on them...
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    Didn't I say a long time ago they were rebranded extremes? Everyone shot me down..it's true....
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    Originally posted by snickn
    Didn't I say a long time ago they were rebranded extremes? Everyone shot me down..it's true....
    Ya, but with the Dell you don't get the "kewl", "Joker Brand" purple case that seems to really impress the clueless masses.

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    As soon as someone developers aftermarket purple cases for the Cisco 6509's, I'm all over that!
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