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

mintchipmadness

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192.168.2.1 is my OPNsense on LAN network. ICX is 192.168.2.2. This line is to tell the ICX the route to find the way to the firewall/router. Not needed in your network for other devices to find the way. You either have setup the default route manually on each device or each device get the default route by DHCP of OPNsense. The ICX need this line it that services running on ICX, like NTP, can find the way to the router.
Thank you for that explanation. I will continue to troubleshoot this issue.
 

adman_c

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Not sure if this is much of a good deal, but I came across this listing on ebay for anyone looking for a ICX7450-48p for $400 OBO:

Honestly though the 7450 seems like such an odd switch to me. It's so much less capable than the 6610, but just as loud/power hungry. I mean, it doesn't even have as many 10gb SFP+ as the 7250! I guess if you really, really need a few 802.3bt ports for something?
 

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Not sure if this is much of a good deal, but I came across this listing on ebay for anyone looking for a ICX7450-48p for $400 OBO:

Honestly though the 7450 seems like such an odd switch to me. It's so much less capable than the 6610, but just as loud/power hungry. I mean, it doesn't even have as many 10gb SFP+ as the 7250! I guess if you really, really need a few 802.3bt ports for something?
yeah, there's a reason it's not in my main post, it has so many little hidden limitations, and fully loaded it can't even match the bandwidth on the 6610's rear ports alone, while running the same fans and PSUs. not to mention the 10gbe modules are at insane prices these days (like, $400 each or more), so the only way to really get a usable config is to buy one that already has a module like the one you linked. I've specd them for a couple clients who had very specific needs that the 8030 codetrain on the 6610 couldn't fill in colo like mss clamping in hardware to accommodate gre tunnels, etc, but for home use meh
 

NablaSquaredG

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7150-C12 have almost doubled in price... Have you Americans finally realised that power is not free? :p

Does anyone have an ICX7150-12 for sale for a reasonable price?
 

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yeah, there's a reason it's not in my main post, it has so many little hidden limitations, and fully loaded it can't even match the bandwidth on the 6610's rear ports alone, while running the same fans and PSUs. not to mention the 10gbe modules are at insane prices these days (like, $400 each or more), so the only way to really get a usable config is to buy one that already has a module like the one you linked. I've specd them for a couple clients who had very specific needs that the 8030 codetrain on the 6610 couldn't fill in colo like mss clamping in hardware to accommodate gre tunnels, etc, but for home use meh
So 8.0.40+ or 9.0.10 codetrain don't offer much more that is worth upgrading ?

I think about IPv6, configuration archive and compare (like Junos) and much more I don't know...
 

Rttg

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7150-C12 have almost doubled in price...
Yeah, it’s absolutely nuts. I managed to pick one up 6mo ago for $200 - thought about buying another for stacking on the other side of house, but now the cheapest I can find is ~$375.

If you can get by without 10Gbe (and with the older 08.0.30 code train), an ICX6450-C12-PD might be the ticket
 

adman_c

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I hope you all don't mind a very basic question. Is there a difference performance-wise (or otherwise) between two switches stacked and a downstream switch connected to another? For example, if I have a 6450-24p as my primary switch and I put a 6450-C12 in another room, what is the difference between stacking that switch and just trunking my vlans to that switch and configuring it independently? Is it just ease of management or is it cleaner from a networking perspective to have two switches be a single stack?
 

NablaSquaredG

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If you can get by without 10Gbe (and with the older 08.0.30 code train), an ICX6450-C12-PD might be the ticket
Yes, I will import 4 ICX6450-C12

However, I have one place where I currently use a ICX6450-24P which I'd like to replace with the an ICX7150-C12 to save another 15W or so...
 

kpfleming

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I hope you all don't mind a very basic question. Is there a difference performance-wise (or otherwise) between two switches stacked and a downstream switch connected to another? For example, if I have a 6450-24p as my primary switch and I put a 6450-C12 in another room, what is the difference between stacking that switch and just trunking my vlans to that switch and configuring it independently? Is it just ease of management or is it cleaner from a networking perspective to have two switches be a single stack?
It provides a single management interface, it can provide redundant links (although there are other ways to do that too), not much else as far as I can tell.
 

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I'm currently on a fan-modified Avaya 4548gt-pwr. 48 copper gbit (all poe), 4 sfp

Its a little long in the tooth and sucks more power than id like. I do heavily use POE, about 30 of the 48 ports are active POE.

Recommendations for which brocade to jump to as an upgrade? I could use 10gbit in about 4 places, so dont need too many 10gbit ports.
 

koifish59

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I'm currently on a fan-modified Avaya 4548gt-pwr. 48 copper gbit (all poe), 4 sfp

Its a little long in the tooth and sucks more power than id like. I do heavily use POE, about 30 of the 48 ports are active POE.

Recommendations for which brocade to jump to as an upgrade? I could use 10gbit in about 4 places, so dont need too many 10gbit ports.
ICX6450-48p. Same as your current one, but probably less power, so I'm not sure that's really an "upgrade"
 

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How long could the password be for the ICX 7250? 40 Digit´s are no Problem for SSH, but not for Webserver? The Webserver rejected than?!

EDIT: it seem´s 30 Digits are ok for the webserver. 40 not!
 
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I have 2 7250-24P switches and ultimately here's what I ended up doing fan/noise wise.

At stock the switches aren't that bad, but -anything- I could do to make the living room experience more pleasant was worth. Ended up trying a few different fans, and ended up using 2x SuperMicro FAN-0065L4 per switch, which I got on ebay (4 for $30 shipped), these are the Delta FFB0412SHN that might have been mentioned in this thread once.

I live in SE Texas, where the summers get pretty warm, I try to keep the AC at 74 during the day and 72 when the sun starts going down, so consider that to be my "ambient" temp. 23-25c basically. At stock the switches were anywhere between 55-60c, not really that low to justify the fan's noise. As stated, I swapped a bunch of fans but found that if the fans don't move enough air your temps will steadily creep up. I would not use anything under a fan that spins at 5000 RPM (after the 12V current to the fan is ramped down to I believe 4.6~V that is also stated somewhere in this thread?).

Admittedly, these are not that much quieter, but they're close enough in spec to current fans, and run anywhere between 1-1.5k RPM slower than stock (depending on your stock fan revision), that the pitch isn't as annoying and it's honestly quite a bit more tolerable. Temps were around 56-60C idle.

The last thing I did was I purchased some 60x10mm fans as suggested in this thread and strapped them to the ASIC of each with some self tapping screws. Just whatever I had laying around that were the same size. One thing I did that was different was, I had 2 diff 60mm fans since the Sunon wasn't in stock, those being the StarTech 60mm fan that's on amazon for 6.99, and a fan that is identified as model YY6010H12S. The differences between these two are the blade design and the max RPM (4000 vs 3500). To me it doesn't seem to make a difference, I just ordered what I could get quickly so I wasn't spending that much time on this.

Ended up tying those into fan 2 header with a splitter, re-arranged fan pins blah blah. Lastly, I also ended up adding a washer to each screw (I used two screws per fan, cross-wise) which I think made an interesting difference. With the 60mm fans I wasn't really seeing anything great in terms of performance; I gained about 1-2c off my idle which could just be margin of error. After adding the washer my idles dropped to 53-54. Not really sure what the washer is doing here besides maybe preventing the fan from actually trapping turbulent air as a result of being too close? Anyway, figured that was the 'secret sauce' for me, YMMV.

edit: one thing I forgot to add is, it is my opinion that the lack of ventilation on the side closest to the ASIC contributes to temps. I considered cutting a rectangle out and fitting mesh in some fashion but didn't want to spend time doing that at this point. If you really have the time and patience you can just drill in ventilation holes.
 
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Wolfcastle

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yeah, there's a reason it's not in my main post, it has so many little hidden limitations, and fully loaded it can't even match the bandwidth on the 6610's rear ports alone, while running the same fans and PSUs. not to mention the 10gbe modules are at insane prices these days (like, $400 each or more), so the only way to really get a usable config is to buy one that already has a module like the one you linked. I've specd them for a couple clients who had very specific needs that the 8030 codetrain on the 6610 couldn't fill in colo like mss clamping in hardware to accommodate gre tunnels, etc, but for home use meh
7450 has lower bandwidth than 6610 but the newer software, lower power, and higher power PoE ports are pretty nice in certain applications. I agree with you that you need to find one that has the modules already otherwise it isn't worth it.
 

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7450 has lower bandwidth than 6610 but the newer software, lower power, and higher power PoE ports are pretty nice in certain applications. I agree with you that you need to find one that has the modules already otherwise it isn't worth it.
the power draw is almost identical, +/- 5-10% in my experience. the newer PoE is nice indeed
 

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How long could the password be for the ICX 7250? 40 Digit´s are no Problem for SSH, but not for Webserver? The Webserver rejected than?!

EDIT: it seem´s 30 Digits are ok for the webserver. 40 not!
if you have the web UI enabled, 30+ digit passwords are the least of your worries
 
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Wolfcastle

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the power draw is almost identical, +/- 5-10% in my experience. the newer PoE is nice indeed
To be fair, I haven’t actually measured either of them but with no PoE load the 7450-24 is listed at 75W while the 6610-24 is listed at 120W. Fans are probably non negligible in both cases if you don’t swap them out since they’re > 10w each at full speed and you need a minimum 3/switch.
 

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To be fair, I haven’t actually measured either of them but with no PoE load the 7450-24 is listed at 75W while the 6610-24 is listed at 120W. Fans are probably non negligible in both cases if you don’t swap them out since they’re > 10w each at full speed and you need a minimum 3/switch.
6610-24Ps measure around 80 watts, actual measurements for these should all be in my OP
 

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@fohdeesha my icx6450 suddenly lost web and ssh connect. pc connect to RJ45 port still work , but server connect to SFP+ are not (can't ping form pc , but the server's nic light still remain normal ).
after reboot the 6450 , everything seems ok, no error or warning message in logs.
do i need worry about this?