I am an admin at the dorm I live in. We have around 200 apartments that are all connected to our internet connection (2x100Mbit). We are looking to upgrade our internal network and I am looking for some advice on which switches to upgrade to..
I have been looking at HP ProCurve Switch 1800-24G and then adding 2x fiber uplinks to the "backbone" switch
Do you guys have any experience with this paticular switch or do you have any other devices - in the same pricerange - that you would suggest?
Are you trying to connect all 200 users to the switch? If so, why only 24 port switches? I know you said same price range but if you are connecting all 200 to the same switching infrastructure, I would highly recommend stackable switches like the SMC8848M which has a much faster 176Gbps switching capability vs the 48Gbps for the ProCurve. By stacking, you are able to connect all of the switches together and manage as if they were 1. Of course if you really want to do it right, just pick up a Cisco 6509 with a few 48 port blades and be done with it.
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Purpose to upgrade is to prepare us for an upgrade to Gigabit incomming internet connection plus prepare us for the possibility of running IP-tv in to the network too.. how this is going to be done exactly I am not sure since the isp isnt quite as far along on that project yet.
Currently using a server setup with a dhcp server that checks mac add -> userdb -> static ip.. if the mac ip isnt known the users are directed to the control/setup page and are able to add it to their list of trusted gear..
Just checked out the 2824.. its around 7 times more than the 1800-24G.. which seems like quite a lot in my world.. Can get a hold of the 1800-24G for around 400$ a piece maybe cheaper when I need 20 of them..
From what I can see the 1800-24G even has more features than the 2824 - Or am I missing something?