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Brocade ICX Series (cheap & powerful 10gbE/40gbE switching)

hmw

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7150 - fixed 24/48 1G copper port configurations; maximum of 4 10 GB ports (4x SFP/SFP+) (2 on c12p); single fixed power supply; fixed fans; ZP models are multigigabit
The ZP models are quite new - they support 2.5G / 5G / 10G and they support 802.3bt

Initially looked at this thread and the 7150 compact models and was confused when I googled them and the ZP series came up with 2.5G/5G support :D
 

LodeRunner

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The ZP models are quite new - they support 2.5G / 5G / 10G and they support 802.3bt

Initially looked at this thread and the 7150 compact models and was confused when I googled them and the ZP series came up with 2.5G/5G support :D
Yeah the c10-ZP kinda sad that the two SFP uplinks are gig only. Would have been nice to have 2 10G capable PoH ports and also have 2 uplinks worth using. Or 2 QSFP uplinks. I've seen switches in that size range that have QSFP. Guess they didn't want it to compete with the 48ZP, but the 48ZP has no PoH ports that do anything more than 2.5 Gbps.
 

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its not bad for its power, but for home 200w is a little much for 1 switch. 10GB base t takes more power. but i like it for its mix of QSFP and RJ-45. 6 qsfp in the front and a possible 6 in the back if you can get the module at a non gouging price. I'd really like a 6610 quiet alternative. mix of qsfp+, sfp+ and RJ45. for a few hundred. i know. its asking everything.
 

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I've been eyeing a 7750-48F, then I'll convert my quad 1Gbe server over to dual 10, and use copper SFP's as needed. Only problem is the older iDRAC in my server and my APC PDUs are 100 Mbit. Will a copper SFP+ go down to that, or would I have to chain an old gigabit switch off it for the slower devices?

Reason I want the 7750 is to do campus fabric and make the office and media center switches just be port extenders and have one management interface.
 

csementuh

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I love my ICX7250-48P but I need something else for my office room to do testing and play. The Brocade ICX7150-C12P would be absolutely perfect, but it's showing crazy expensive on eBay. Anyone have a suggestion on another full CLI featured switch that is either fanless or extremely quiet, low power, preferrably smaller size and reasonably priced. I'm fine with only 8-12 ports, I'll really only use it to LACP 2G back to my main ICX7250, and pass a few VLANs up here. I'm open to anything that will fit the bill brand/model wise.
 

csementuh

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If you can live without the 10G ports, there's a compact version of the ICX6450 I think? Or Juniper EX-2200C (NEW - Juniper Layer 3 12 Port Gigabit Network Switch PoE (EX2200-C-12P-2G) | eBay)
Ahh sorry, I should have been more clear, 10G is totally not needed, 1G is fine. I also don't need POE. I was hoping to find something for $100ish that would work.

VLANs I def need. I guess if I give up LACP/LAG and CLI management I could even survive on some Netgear $35-50 switch with a web interface or a used old HP 8 port. I was hoping to have something with more features though to play with, but I see that will come with a much higher cost.
 

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If it were me, I would grab the 1gbe little brother of the icx6450, the icx6430. It's not compact, but the 24 port version is totally fanless and draws like ten watts. Full l2 features (vlans lacp etc) with the same fastiron CLI you're used to. Seem to go around $75. The model you want to search for is "icx6430-24". There is a 12 port compact model (icx6430-c12) but it's really rare and people list them for like 200 dollars god knows why

Edit: here's one for $69 OBO, looks like the guy has a ton of them. Could probably snag one for 50 bucks shipped *TESTED* Brocade ICX6430-24 1 GbE switch, 4×1 GbE SFP Ports, Fanless 696544712501 | eBay
 

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Thanks life runner for the summary. Filling in the gap the 7650 is 48 port multigig 1/2.5/5/10 copper with PoH or 48 port SFP+. 2x40/100gbps stacking/uplinks. I’m about to put one into service next week, if you have any questions would be happy to answer.
 
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Doing my part to extend the thread count.

So let's play the guessing game:

* Did the guinea pigs running the wheel on the eternal license making forge die? Or did you develop a fondness for Peruvian cuisine

* You've transferred the guinea pigs and eternal license making forge to @infoMatt

* Arris/Ruckus/Whatever the @#$@#$ company owns the hard and softs has decided to unlock the licenses for everyone in the next firmware release

* In addition to the last one there is now a plex / emby plug-in for the linux supervisor that handles 10+ concurrent 4k transcodes with no switching routing performance reduction

* This thread is actually the cause of the STH forum server failure and will automatically be deleted when the thread count hits 200 pages and all information contained in the thread will be forever lost to the sands of time
Another idea: Support for these switches by sonic or other open source network os :D
 
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Another idea: Support for these switches by sonic or other open source network os :D
Depends, even if the models are EOL but they still have active extended support contracts, the company might not allow open source OSes to run on these switches. But it would be awesome though. @fohdeesha has mentioned previously that he could work wonders with the source code :D
 

csementuh

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Thanks guys, I have some stuff to check out! I do have a ICX6450-24P with a bad POE board. I wonder if I could just pull the power or remove the POE board and get the same effect? Pull the power to the fans also and see if I can neuter it into the 6540-24 fanless model. That would be great!
 

DanOpi

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Hey Guys!

First post here but have been lurking on this thread for a bit now.

I've seen some mention of the 7150s but most say don't go after them because of price. I'm able to grab what's listed as a " ICX7150-24-4X1G" for $76.

Just looking for a basic switch to play with and throw in my rack as my Unifi POE switch is getting pretty full. The lower the power draw and noise the better. I imagine this is similar or better than the 7250 in these categories?

This seems worth it to me. I'm a bit confused on the 4X1G piece. Does this mean that it's not 10G or do I just need a license to unlock them?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!