[nycbug-talk] OT: Juniper or Cisco Switches?

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Fri Feb 18 07:56:06 EST 2011

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:57 AM, Francisco Reyes <lists at stringsutils.com> wrote:
> Setting up a new network and looking into switches.
> So far considering Cisco and Juniper.
> For example
> Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switch SG300-52 - switch - 52 ports
> http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=2198250
> $979.99
>  Juniper EX 2200 48T - switch - 48 ports - managed - desktop
> http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=1971214
> $1,614.99
> Price wise the Cisco seems like a better deal, but I am trying to make sure
> whatever I recommend will play nice with FreeBSD+LAG.
> Also, how about ease of learning? I don't consider myself a "network
> person", but right now I will be the one setting up whatever switches we
> get. And of course networking is neither my primary role, nor what I am
> expected to spend most of my time.... but I will have to manage the network
> for the foreseable future.
> Thoughts/Suggestions?

If you are on a tight budget I recommend good old Catalysts 2950.  You
can buy them on ebay as low as $150 for 48 ports version.  These
models are rock solid and I definetly recommend them.


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