Gigabit + 10Gb Switches under $550

Rand__

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The series claims to support ONIE - does that mean Cumulus Linux? I have ordered a N1124T for my homelab with 1 server and 2 workstations, to provide 10G connectivity.

Be careful with assumptions on those - they say:
"All N-Series switches include Dell EMC Networking OS 6, designed for easier deployment, greater interoperability and a lower learning curve for network administrators. In addition to supporting the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) allowing for installation of alternate network operating systems, "
So you do get NOS6 (lower level version of they OS10 I assume), and an unspecified list of 3rd party NOS's


However, there is this document listing compatibility of switches with aforementioned third party NOS's

https://www.dellemc.com/resources/e...llEMCNetworkingQRG_OpenNetworkingPartners.pdf

with a header for "N‐series campus switches 1G and multi‐gig" and it does not even list the N1100... and even for the N31 series there is only a single alternative OS available - which is not free o/c

So ask what is supported/installed before you buy those ;)
 

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even if they do support cumulus, you're looking at several thousand dollars per year for a cumulus license to be able to use it
 

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@CJRoss:
I am not sure if this has been posted yet, but the Dell N1100 series might be promising. N1124T-ON and N1148T-ON have 4x 10G SFP+ and 24/48x 1G and cooling is passive!
Regards
As a point of reference, I've been running two of these in my office for some time now without problem. They don't have all the same L3 features as some of the larger N-series switches, but the web UI and CLI are the same as their big siblings. If you've never used Dell's N-series web UI, it is not too bad; I still need to hit the CLI on occasion to configure some things, but if you are just checking stats the web UI is quite nice.

If you only need a couple of 10GBASE-T drops, you can consider a media converter. Most of the 10GBASE-T converters are pretty pricey, but PLANET makes some (XT-705A) which aren't priced too badly.
Between the N1148T-ONs and the XT-705As I've got silent setup, with 10Gb uplinks, and a familiar (to me anyway) interface.
 
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TS440

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The Dell N1100s look like an interesting option. I don't need/want L3 features and the GUI seems better than the Brocade and Aruba options (I want to avoid the cli). I have two questions for those using these
1) is the console cable a regular USB cable or is it proprietary like the Brocade 7250?
2) How noisy are the 24port POE fans? Thinking it may not be too bad since only 12 ports are powered.

Thanks
 

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1) is the console cable a regular USB cable or is it proprietary like the Brocade 7250?
It has been a while since I needed to connect to the console over the USB port, but when I did I belive I just grabbed the closest micro-USB cable and it worked without problem.
 

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I am/ws interested in the ICX 7150-C12P switch, but it's way too expensive, especially because of shipping and customs cost (EU), so I'm looking for viable alternatives.
I just want something that's fanless and has at least two SFP+ ports. I don't even need more than 16 ports total (if at all). Some management would be nice (I don't know anything about that sort of networking yet, but I like to learn stuff and it also might come handy in future), and I'd like PoE if possible.

It's for home use only.

Any ideas?
 

RTM

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I am/ws interested in the ICX 7150-C12P switch, but it's way too expensive, especially because of shipping and customs cost (EU), so I'm looking for viable alternatives.
I just want something that's fanless and has at least two SFP+ ports. I don't even need more than 16 ports total (if at all). Some management would be nice (I don't know anything about that sort of networking yet, but I like to learn stuff and it also might come handy in future), and I'd like PoE if possible.

It's for home use only.

Any ideas?
If it doesn't need to be a layer 3 switch, then something like Mikrotiks CSS326 (CSS326-24G-2S+RM) or CRS326 (CRS326-24G-2S+RM) switches would be reasonable choices. They also make switches like the CRS328-24P-4S+RM that support PoE, but you also pay quite a bit more for that (still not that expensive, but around 100% markup over CRS326), I suggest at least considering use of injectors.

EDIT: btw, for what it is worth, I would pick CRS326 over CSS326, because it supports RouterOS (even if you won't be using the routing functionality - which you most likely shouldn't)
 

RTM

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Injectors and related cable mess is the sole reason why I want a PoE switch.
Fair enough, then you may want the CRS328 (if you are going Mikrotik), it isn't fanless by the way, but noise/fan RPM depends on how you load it as this post suggests on Mikrotik's forum: CRS328-24P-4S+RM - 24x7 fans or temperature sensitive? - MikroTik

You may want to read that thread (if you are considering CRS328), it seems that the switch also might have some annoying issues with the fans ramping up and down a lot (I couldn't read from it if it was only for SwOS or also for RouterOS).

Have you considering using two switches? One for PoE stuff and one for the other components.
Or is that what you are already thinking? :)
 

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Two switches is something I totally don't want. Twice as high chance of something getting messed up.
Fans ramping up are out of the question, because the rack is directly next to my wife's desk :D
 

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Has anyone looked at the Netgear XS505M and XS508M? Their spec sheet lists them as 22.7db which is 10+ db quieter than the other Netgear 10G switches.

Since I just need to hook together a couple of machines I don't need anything managed.
 

tkr

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Did you have time to use it and what are your impressions?
So far I am quite happy. The Dell N1124T is a solid L2 switch with a good CLI and works well (and silent!) in my small homelab with Cisco DACs and a UniFi UF-RJ45-10G, LACP links to other switches, couple of VLANs and all MTU 9000.

If you have specific questions, feel free to ask. Frankly, I haven’t had time to look into the ONIE/Cumulus stuff but I don’t expect much as the N1100 is the L2-only series.

Regards
 
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