I need 6 ports of gigabit ethernet over copper. What's the cheapest Cisco solution? (My boss doesn't like to buy used gear but I may be able to persuade him to let me purchase this from eBay to save a lot of money.)
I need a managed switch but can you suggest some other options if I give up IOS and go with another vendor?
Thats just about the perfect match to Cisco's cheapest catalyst switch, the WS-C2960G-8TC-L $1395 list (which nobody pays, but its a base start, looks like some really deap discounts for this one).
8-ports of copper GigE on a managed layer-2 switch. They also have a
24-port and 48-port in this series, a bit cheaper per-port cost, but still up there ($137/$124).
If you need to go cheaper, Cisco Small-Business (ie. linksys moving up into the Cisco name product line), has the SRW2008 for alot less. This one is going to be "web managed", but I don't know what your definition of managed is. In general, web managed doesn't have SNMP, but I haven't used this one (but have other vendors "web managed" ones).
I like the Dell switches for cheap, managed gig switches. They OEM them from somewhere, but they've been pretty solid for us overall.