Suggestion of Quiet 10 GbE Switches

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Aguinaldo.SilvaJr, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. Aguinaldo.SilvaJr

    Aguinaldo.SilvaJr New Member

    Sep 1, 2018
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    Hi everyone,

    I am looking for a relatively quiet rack mountable 24 (or more) x 10 GbE Interfaces switch to install in my office.

    I have some servers in a passive rack and I am planning to migrate this rack to 10 GbE (copper or fibre).

    In our DC's we use Cisco Nexus 30xx, however they are really loud.

    I also would like to keep the Cisco switches, and have considered the Catalyst 9300. The noise level specifications for this switch is:

    LpA: 45dB typical, 48 dB max
    LwA: 5.6B typical, 5.9B max

    However, I do not believe this is the loudest this switch can be. Does anyone have experience with this? How is it comparable to the Nexus or the Catalyst 2900? This would be a good reference for me.

    Thank you!
  2. Waterkippie

    Waterkippie Member

    Oct 12, 2017
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    With 24 10G ports? There are none that are quiet.

    This is a 16-port with a silent mod:
    10G Switch - Ubiquiti ES-16-XG - Fluisterstil met Silent Kit | Uptimed®

    Or look at the Mikrotik, which is silent below 40C, but it hits 40C pretty quick and fans turn on, still not too loud.
    16-Port 10G Switch nu € 289 - MikroTik CRS317-1G-16S+RM | Uptimed®

    Also this Mikrotik model is coming in a 32 port variant soon.

    Unfortunately this is all fiber stuff, i think your best bet for a relatively silent one would be the netgear XS728T:
    10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch Series - XS728T | Smart-managed switches | Switches | Producten | Zakelijk | NETGEAR

    It's 28 port Copper 10G.
  3. schujj07

    schujj07 New Member

    May 10, 2018
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    We have some 16 port Mellanox SN2100's that are 100Gbps but with DAC Breakout cables turns into a 64 port 25Gbps switch. 25Gbps is backwards compatible with 10Gbps and Mellanox doesn't vendor lock their SFPs/QSFPs. When you turn it on for the first time it is pretty loud, however, after it boots up it quiets down pretty well, especially for a TOR switch. Other nice thing about the 2100s is they are 1/2 width do you can get the rack mount for them and have your redundant switches taking up only 1U of space.
  4. maze

    maze Active Member

    Apr 27, 2013
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    /me imagines the cable nightmare of 32x breakout cables in 1u... *facepalm*

    Sounds interesting though :)
  5. Waterkippie

    Waterkippie Member

    Oct 12, 2017
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    Thats just a 1G switch with a couple of 10G ports, not hard to find fanless.

    This thread is about 10G switches with at least 8, 12 or 24 10g ports.
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