Looking for a fanless Gigabit switch... is there such a thing?

RavinDJ

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Looking for a fanless Gigabit switch... is there such a thing?

Okay... let me rephrase it... I'm looking for a decent (supporting jumbo frames) Gigabit switch that is fanless for home use only... I don't transfer a lot of files nor do I have 6 users connecting to it... if anything, it'll be for my 2 HTPCs and personal file transfers for backups... that's about it.

Any recommendations??? Thanks!
 

daglesj

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Yeah I have a Netgear Bluebox 8 port switch. No fan.

It's usually when they hit 16 ports+ that fans pop up.
 

marley1

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I dunno why everone says Lifetime, newegg shows it as:

Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited
 

sap

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The HP site shows "Lifetime". But that'd be like paying $50,000 for a Toyota Camry. Sure, you might have a lifetime warranty, but in 10 years, there are going to be better cars - in 10 years, there will be better switches (faster, better, more efficient, etc.). If we were talking about a negligible difference, then I would get it. But paying twice as much for a consumer-level, unmanaged switch is pointless.
 

epimetheus

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I dunno why everone says Lifetime, newegg shows it as:

Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited

Wouldn't you trust the manufacturer over the retailer for correct product information?

http://www.procurve.com/customercare/support/warranty/index.htm

HP Procurves are great switches. My 1800-24G is my core switch in my home network and has performed flawlessly.

For the OP though, I think the Netgear metal box series would be the way to go, either the GS105, GS108, or GS116. If you want a web-managed switch, bump up to the GS105E or the GS108T. If you might be in need of POE at some point in the future, Netgear apparently has the GS108P that provides 4 POE ports in an unmanaged switch. Now if they'd just add POE to the GS108T, I'd be all over that...
 

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Lifetime Procurve Warranty for one, though I agree it's pricey for an unmanaged switch.

Netgear has a lifetime warranty on their metal box stuff as well.

I love the Netgear metal box switches, I have a bunch of them in my own home and clients setups and they work great.
 

Neb

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Netgear has a lifetime warranty on their metal box stuff as well.

I love the Netgear metal box switches, I have a bunch of them in my own home and clients setups and they work great.

Indeed they do and it's usually a tossup for me between Netgear and HP. In this case I'd go Netgear as HP's lower end models aren't priced favorably.
 

QHalo

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I don't even think Cisco fanboys would choose that as an option. Not to mention I can get about 100 Catalyst 2950s for that price

None of which are full Gigabit. To be fair though, the OP didn't state anything about pricing :p
 

Valnar

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Why would you pay $80 for a $40 switch?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127082

Save the money. It's an unmanaged switch. You're not getting anything extra from the HP.

The HP is of higher quality. It uses HP's own ASIC, wire speed, no latency, rare UDP streaming or packet loss issues. There can be a big difference in gigabit switches - not so much with fast ethernet. It's like saying a Realtek is just as good as an Intel NIC. It's not.

See here, although HP wasn't included: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanwan-reviews/30195-8-port-gigabit-switch-roundup?showall=&start=1

Now, whether any of that would be noticeable to a home user who is unlikely to push all ports at the same time? I agree.
 

awesomo

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The Trendnet 8 Port Green Series TEG-S80G is crazy efficient, It registers at 1 watt on my killawatt under load. Needless to say I was astounded!
 
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Corporal79

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any recommendations on a 24 port gigabit switch? (reasonably priced AKA not a $800 Cisco!)
 

epimetheus

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Does the HP Procurves 1800-24G link aggregation work?

Never had any trouble with it myself and I've got several LACP trunks on my 1800-24G at home. The trunk endpoints have been Netgear smart switches, Intel Pro NICs, Broadcom NICs, Dell 5324 switch, etc.
 

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To do what? Some general requirements would help...

home network, I've got 20 drops throughout my house and I wanted a switch that would give me a little room to add a few more if needed. Simple needs really, fast transfer speed, and VLAN capability.
 

epimetheus

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HP Procurve 1810-24G, maybe (2) if 4 extra ports isn't enough for you. It seems the Dell 2800 series is pretty good as well, though I don't have any personal experience with them like I do the HP 1800 series.

My home network has an 1800-24G as the core switch with Netgear GS108T's or GS105E's where I have more than 2 devices to connect. I'm running multiple VLANs with computer and IPTV traffic. No complaints.
 
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