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    Rackmount Switch

    I'm doing tech support for a small network at a neighborhood center. They used to have a connection to our city's municipal network, that used an ISDN line connected to a Bay Networks router installed in a standard wallmount equipment box. All the Ethernet drops in the center are terminated inside the cabinet, in a patch panel.

    When they dropped off the city network in favor of their own DSL line, they called me to get hooked up. The 2Wire modem/router AT&T gave them didn't have enough ports for all their PC's, so I loaned them an old 8-port Netgear hub of mine. Even it doesn't give them quite enough ports. I know I could "cascade" another hub or consumer-grade switch, but I'm wondering if I could find a rackmount, "unmanaged" switch for this situation. Any ideas where to look, and what specific brands/models to look for? Or would even used equipment of this type be significantly more expensive than consumer-grade stuff?

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    Re: Rackmount Switch

    I use Dell Managed switches in my office. They have been very reliable so far and are not very expensive. I'm almost 90% positive they are actually made by foundry networks, which I have also used and are reliable.

    edited: they do have unmanaged switches
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    Re: Rackmount Switch

    I got lucky yesterday: had to take an HP PC to a vendor I used to work with, for a replacement power supply (PC still under warranty). While a tech was replacing the PSU, I was talking with his supervisor, and asked her if she knew somewhere I could perhaps find a used, unmanaged switch. When the tech finished the PC, she had him take a look in their storage rooms, and he found a Synoptics 16-port switch they had no use for any longer. They gave it to me! Only a 10 Mbps, but it ought to do the job for the neighborhood center.

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