Gigabit + 10Gb Switches under $550

aero

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+1 for the T1700G-28TQ.

pros:
- The fanless silence is deafening :)
- It readily accepted the generic DACs I had sitting around.
- The CLI is relatively cisco-like, with tab completion and ? to see command options.
- web GUI is also pretty good
- dual flash images (primary + backup), in case a firmware update goes awry

cons:
- I absolutely hate the vlan configuration syntax. It does not have a concept of access (only untagged traffic) vs 802.1q trunk ports (only tagged traffic + PVID). The switchport type is "general" and then you must specify which vlans tagged and/or untagged, + PVID. This just makes for extra typing. For traditional access port behavior you must specify the PVID to be the vlan you desire, and untagged egress of the vlan you desire.

*edit 1 more con - no console port
 
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Jon Massey

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Recently got an Aruba S2500: 24pt gigabit PoE +4 SPF+. Loud at startup, but quietens down quickly.

Bargain at £125
 

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Recently got an Aruba S2500: 24pt gigabit PoE +4 SPF+. Loud at startup, but quietens down quickly.

Bargain at £125
How's the power consumption? I'm seeing a 180w PSU on the non-POE version and a 580w on the POE versions. In the US, i'm seeing a number of these in the $115-160 range.
 

Occamsrazor

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It's a couple months since the last post... Just wondering if there are any new options or deals, especially in Europe. I'm thinking about a rackmount 16-24 port gigabit switch with 2-4 SFP+ ports for homelab use. Currently running 2 x Netgear GS110TP and looking for an upgrade. Considering the TP-LINK T1700G-28TQ or Netgear GC728X (though not convinced about the cloud aspect, although it seems optional).
 
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Craash

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I just added a 2nd T1700G-28TQ to my network. For the money (current under $300), I still think it's the best thing going for 4 spf+ and FANLESS.
 

Occamsrazor

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Mikrotik CSS326-24G-2S+RM or CRS326-24G-2S+RM?
Thanks. I have been looking at some of these Microtiks but was reading about non-support of LACP, which I need. Is that the case?

I just added a 2nd T1700G-28TQ to my network. For the money (current under $300), I still think it's the best thing going for 4 spf+ and FANLESS.
It does indeed look like good value for money and tempting. I would want to connect currently to my Netgear GS110TP with 1G connection and later upgrade to 10G. Long-shot but anyone have an idea if it would work with 3rd-Party Netgear compatible AGM731F SFP modules? I don't want to crash this thread so have posted a separate one for a switch recommendation. Thanks.

BTW if any potential purchasers are wondering about the Web GUI interface I found this emulator:

https://www.tp-link.com/resources/simulator/T1700G-28TQ(UN)1.0_Emulator/Index.htm
 
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SamDabbers

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Thanks. I have been looking at some of these Microtiks but was reading about non-support of LACP, which I need. Is that the case?
SwOS does support LACP on these models.

It does indeed look like good value for money and tempting. I would want to connect currently to my Netgear GS110TP with 1G connection and later upgrade to 10G. Long-shot but anyone have an idea if it would work with 3rd-Party Netgear compatible AGM731F SFP modules? I don't want to crash this thread so have posted a separate one for a switch recommendation. Thanks.
The documents indicate that it will support 1G SFP modules, and it doesn't seem to have a whitelist. I'm using SFP+ modules from FS.com flashed for Intel cards with my T1700G-28TQ and they work fine.
 

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Mikrotik just released its new CRS-328-24P-4S+RM @ 379$

The main difference to the previous CRS-328-24G-2S+-RM is that it gives you an additional 2 SFP+ 1/10G ports on top of the PoE at/af/passive output on all 24 1G RJ45 ports with a total power budget of 450W.

Seeing as RouterOS 6.41 introduced proper hardware acceleration with further improvements in the current release candidate version 6.42rc I very much tempted to snag up a few of them.
Sadly, the L3 performance sucks on this one as well. Seems to top out just under 1Gbit in routing performance....

MikroTik
 
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neggles

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Again, just like with the CRS326, the switching is wirespeed but Layer-3 hardware acceleration (HW accel routing) is limited to 1Gbps. Routing is all handled by the management processor, which only has a 1Gbps connection to the rest of the switch core;



RouterOS v7 (whenever that happens to land - will be 2020 at this rate) will bring support for HW-accelerated routing features, and they may appear in ROS V6 before then, but until that happens you should consider all of the CRS series to be layer-2 switches with a built-in WAN router (ie for your internet connection) - not smart layer-3 switches.
 

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Hi looking for a 4+ SFP+ quiet Switch i will read the entire post to have an idea of the available models...
Popular model here that’s fanless and cheap, T1700G-28TQ
Or there is a new mikrotik that’s also fanless with 4 sfp+
 

cayou2000

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Indeed very cheap in price only 229€ in france and seems to have been seen lower than 200€
I am under investigation to know if the latest mikrotik are fanless or at least smart fan managed.
the new refs with 4sfp+ are
CRS328-24P-4S+RM
CRS354-48G-4S+2Q+
CRS354-48P-4S+2Q+
CRS305-1G-4S+IN

The P versions have POE so might not be fanless.
 

Evan

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Not many ports but you would pretty much have to assume by the size (and the fact 4 x SFP+ is not s big heat load) that the CRS305-1G-4S+IN is fanless.
Dual DC input is kind of a gimmick you would think but interesting idea for a small switch.

Looks like a great home lab high speed switch for just backend switching between a few servers