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

fohdeesha

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it'll be fine for the 6450 but for the 6610 and 6650 you're going to need metal, and long ones (same length as the OEM brackets). If you slap on a couple of the 3 inch long ciscos it will shear the bolts straight off
 

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I don't have any experience with 3D printing but not sure if the material used for making the brackets has enough strength to withstand this application especially for 6610. The rear of the switch sags due to the weight. Imagine the twist excerted even on the OEM metal brackets. It may be ok for 6450.
Yeah, I'm thinking the same. My plan was to make my own rail mounts on a printer to support a couple of lengths of aluminum angle cut to rack depth and either set the switch on that or fab brackets that slide onto those and screw into the switch. Either way the materials are readily available at the hardware store for a whole lot less than the cost of actual rack ears on eBay.
 

Joao Paulo Mello

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Guys, I think ICX6610-48p isn't compatible with Checkpoint branded transceiver (NIY4444FRU). I have one CheckPoint 12200 P-210 with 4/10G module (which has Intel ports) . The ICX6610-48p cannot connect at 10G with this transceiver ( only 1G), the Nexus 3048TP can do without a sweat.
I have some Cisco DAC cables lying around and I tried one of them and guess what...10G between ICX and the Checkpoint.
1G only with fiber and 10G with cooper, so anyone had this compatibility problem? Intel 10G are very picky and it's hard to believe that this time the trouble is elsewhere.

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Maybe I'm wrong, checking now I have the following:
10GigabitEthernet1/3/1 is up, line protocol is up
Port up for 2 minute(s) 42 second(s)
Hardware is 10GigabitEthernet, address is cc4e.24f8.ef2c (bia cc4e.24f8.ef67)
Interface type is 1Gig SX SFP
Configured speed 10Gbit, actual 10Gbit, configured duplex fdx, actual fdx


I'm not used to FastIron, but that means to me that I'm connected at 10G,. despite of interface type?

 
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EngChiSTH

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for a newbie in networking - can I do things like WAN connectivity/dual WAN set up/ failover and load balancing for ISP on ICX6540 or do I need "proper router" for that?

I have a little Hex device (Mikrotik RB 750G r3) currently serving as a router/firewall and upgrading my ISP link to gig cable + 100Mb backup from ATT . I think I need something in a router that can do dual WAN, basic failover, load balancing. I know I can do it through pfsense but do not have decent hardware for it (have older qotom with dual core Celeron which I would not think would cut it).

can I do any of that using brocade l3 switch or should I let switch do switching and buy something else from mikrotik/ubiquiti?

Thank you
 

Terry Wallace

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You want a proper router, you can theoretically do that in the router, but you have no firewall there and you loose alot of functionality.
Even something simple from uqiquti can do dual wan failover. Then pipe that into the router.
 

EngChiSTH

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you won't be able to do any of that with an L3 switch because you'll have 1 IP from your provider, to use that on anything more than one device you're going to need to perform NAT, which L3 switches do not do
Thank you. any recommendations for good router (wired only), more details below? I will probably sell/give away Unifi switch 24 out of the setup below as it serves no purpose.

existing network
ISP (cable 500/50) -> Mikrotik RB 750G r3 (MikroTik)
-> Unifi Switch 24 -> 3x AP-AC-Pro
-> Brocade IXC 6450 as primary switch
-> 10Gb link to NAS , 10Gb link to Domain controller
-> 1Gb to everything else (gaming PC, video workstation, network tuner/printer/voice/nvidia shield/3 nas/etc)
Desired functionality
2 ISPs (500/50 and 100/10) - failover/load balancing
ability to filter out ad networks (DPI?)
budget $200-300
brand preferences - i have both Mikrotik and UBNT and had no issues with either. other brands if they are best options


Questions
1) could Hex handle two ISPs with 600Mbs link or should I upgrade?
2) any of the shelf recommendations (Mikrotik RB4011iGS+RM ? UBNT edgerouter model?) I do not think unifi has anything in the same price range and functionality I want and there is no news for refresh of the USG
3) if I roll my own (pfsense) , what would CPU requirements be? I have a dual core Qotom laying around with 3215U CPU which I do not think would handle it.
 

Jannis Jacobsen

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Questions
1) could Hex handle two ISPs with 600Mbs link or should I upgrade?
2) any of the shelf recommendations (Mikrotik RB4011iGS+RM ? UBNT edgerouter model?) I do not think unifi has anything in the same price range and functionality I want and there is no news for refresh of the USG
3) if I roll my own (pfsense) , what would CPU requirements be? I have a dual core Qotom laying around with 3215U CPU which I do not think would handle it.
Have you tried dual wan setup on the existing Mikrotik router?
MikroTik Dual WAN Load Balancing with Failover using PCC

-j
 

Hakujou

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Just want to say THANK YOU for all you did. You introduced at least one person to 10G, enterprise grade hardware, and better understanding of networking. Ignore the <> who were somehow thinking it is 'their' licenses and selling with it...
Couldn't agree more. You've been helpful to everyone here, with beginners to advanced users, a huge thanks, really.
Too bad some people ruined this spirit.
 

int0x2e

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Very sad to see someone here would put making a quick buck ahead of the community and specifically hurt someone who's done so much for us all like fohdeesha.
Whoever it is - I hope you know what you did really sucks and hurts us all.
fohdeesha - thanks again for all you've done for us. You are an amazing part of the STH community!