Human priced 8 gigabit ports Cisco switch

Hello, I would like to buy for learning a reasonably priced cisco switch.

My needs are:

- 8 gigabit ports;

- network assistant compatibility.

Thank you very much for your help!


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If your definition is of "reasonable" is a couple hundred dollars, you not going to find any. The only difference between 10/100 and 10/100/1000 ports is speed. Most Cisco 10/100 switches have at least 2 gig ports, and can be had cheaply. For learning how to configure Cisco switches, you don't really need one with 8 gig ports which will cost thousands of dollars.

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You'll have to define "reasonably priced." FWIW, though, I believe the Cisco Catalyst WS-C2960G-8TC-L would meet your technical requirements. It can be had new for around $800, or so (if not less).

Regards, Mike

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Yes but I would like also to USE it because I pay for it and at home I am trying ISCSI so I need gigabit to see how much data I can push.

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The problem is that your 'high speed Internet' at home is probably no more than six megabits per second at most. Having gigabit ethernet isn't going to bring about any speed improvement Internet-wise. You're only going onto and off from the Internet at the speed you are getting from your provider, no faster.

If you are moving high speed data between hosts on your home network, then it might be useful.

Unless that's the case, I'd suggest that you just get an 800 series router and forget it.


Fred Atkinson CCNA, CCAI

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