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A tale of two switches.

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I've got a MM fiber run between two labs at work, and I need a switch/GBIC for either end.

I'm torn between these two.

2960: Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches Models Comparison - Cisco Systems

3560: Cisco Catalyst 3560-X Series Switches Models Comparison - Cisco Systems

I don't need QOS or routing, and am on the fence about basic VLAN capabilities. (might be nice down the road, don't need it right away).

This is the 2960 (24 port): Cisco Catalyst 2960S-24TS-S - Switch - 24 ports - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet - 10Base-T…

This is the 3560: Cisco Syst. Catalyst 3560 24-Port Sw. ( WS-C3560-24PS-E ): Electronics

I'm thinking I might go cheap. I can get two 2960's for under 5k (5k is the cap with the government where it becomes a capital purchase. Under 5k, I can whip it on my Visa).

Any bored geeks care to toss their 2c in?
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I do a lot of multicast, and it would be nice to be able to split it out on it's own VLAN, but it's not to the point where I really am going to run out of bandwidth.

That is the magic question, though, eh?
^ :lol: This project can't do that - it's small, and needs to save where it can.

I'm looking at a pair of these now.

GovConnection - Catalyst 2960 24-Port 10 100 Switch + 2 SFP, 1U Rackmount

Base image, $1500/ea. No PoN, but I don't really care about that.

Edit: And I believe these are the correct GBICs:

SX = Singlemode, right? :lol:
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