Agree, they are nice switches if you can get one in good working order. I have one sitting in my room at home that I pulled out of production network. The HDMI stacking is a very unique feature, still not sure why it didn't become more popular (I assume latency issues perhaps).The Dell 5524 and 5548 switches seem to be worth considering too. I've seen as low as USD250, though they seem to be more generally double that so you have to hunt around, and 48 ports seem to be more popular than 24.
So let's say USD500 seems to get you
1Gbase-T - 24 / 48
10Gbase-T - 0
1/10Gb SFP+ - 2
HDMI (stacking) - 2
Power Consumption Max (Watts): 5524 (29.4W); 5524P (380W, all ports as PoE); 5548 (48.8W); 5548P (542.1W, All ports as PoE)
Right now it is on my list for the week of Nov 30th content.Patrick, it would be awesome if you could do a review on it as right now, it's the most cost effective solution for labs or small deployments since it has 4 x 10GbE sfp+. I spent many days looking and this switch is so attractive on many fronts, except for the brand.
I think the most important tests are compatibility (i.e. Sfp+ brands that works) and of course performance. Maybe noise level? Not important for me as it will be used in the server room at work.
As for performance test, I suppose all the usual standard ones like latency, max bandwidth, etc, compared to other popular switches. Maybe even put it up against an all copper 10GbE switch or the ones on the OP?
I searched the net and there are absolutely zero in-depth review on this switch. I think you will get some nice traffic once the review is up.
Thanks Patrick! STH site is aewsome!
I own a few del6224/6248 with stacking modules. Would the 4 x XFP Transceivers FTLX8511D3 for Dell Stacking Module FJ727 ~ 4 x $26 = $104I found this solution which is not mentioned much on this forum. It's a bit over $550. Total is ~ $604, second hand.
1 x Dell PowerConnect 6224 24-Port Layer 3 Ethernet Gigabit Switch ~ $300 (can be had for ~ $250)
Dell PowerConnect 6224 24-Port Layer 3 Ethernet Gigabit Switch w/ GM765 LOT A
2 x Dell PowerConnect 10GbE XFP Dual Port Fibre Stacking Module FJ727 PD111 ~ $100 x 2 = $200
DELL POWERCONNECT 10GE XFP Dual Port Fibre Stacking Module FJ727 PD111 Warranty
NEW SEALED DELL FORCE10 FTLX8511D3-FC GP-XFP-1S MFGR4 XFP 10GB SR transceiver
Total ~ $604
This solution gives you 4 x 10Gb fiber all in one box. Gotta buy 4 x fiber cables.
What do you guys think?
I really like the DLink DGS-1510-28X as it's brand new for only around $500 bucks and you get 4 x 10Gb SFP+, but what about reliability and performance? How long would it last?
Add in the desire to replace my Cisco SG300-28p Switches and that means a whole different ballgame (from what I am seeing) when it comes to POE with Four 10G Ports. The Cisco SG500x-24p is a nice switch but way too expensive for my blood.Once you need more than 2 SFP+ ports pickings get slim. These seem to be the switches within reasonable lab prices with 4 SFP+. I can't speak to the reliability or compatibility of them but they seem to be the go to's. I have the D-Link and its reasonably quiet and i've had no issues however, i haven't done 10G yet. There are also others like the Dell you mentioned.
NETGEAR ProSAFE 24-port (GS728TXS)