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Ned
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      09-15-2006
We have serveral 3560's at the access layer, 3750's at the
distribution, and a 4507 at the core. We need more access layer
switches but the 3560G's are expensive. I noticed that the 2960 is a
good deal cheaper but it works at layer 2. Some of our future uses
will include VOIP, multicasting, vlans, and port security. I think
these can all be handled by a 2960 layer 2 switch. Any reasons why I
would choose the 3560 over the 2960?

Thank You
Ned Hart

 
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      09-15-2006

Ned wrote:
> We have serveral 3560's at the access layer, 3750's at the
> distribution, and a 4507 at the core. We need more access layer
> switches but the 3560G's are expensive. I noticed that the 2960 is a
> good deal cheaper but it works at layer 2. Some of our future uses
> will include VOIP, multicasting, vlans, and port security. I think
> these can all be handled by a 2960 layer 2 switch. Any reasons why I
> would choose the 3560 over the 2960?


I supect that this is exactly what the 2960 was designed for.

No "hands on" though.

 
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      09-15-2006
"Ned" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> We have serveral 3560's at the access layer, 3750's at the
> distribution, and a 4507 at the core. We need more access layer
> switches but the 3560G's are expensive. I noticed that the 2960 is a
> good deal cheaper but it works at layer 2. Some of our future uses
> will include VOIP, multicasting, vlans, and port security. I think
> these can all be handled by a 2960 layer 2 switch. Any reasons why I
> would choose the 3560 over the 2960?
>
> Thank You
> Ned Hart
>


Ned,

From a data standpoint, the 3560 is overkill for an access switch and a 2960
should work well for your purposes. I'd make sure to get one that supports
the enhanced image for RSTP and the AutoQOS features. One main
consideration is for the VoIP - if you plan on using the POE switches, I
believe that only the 3560's will be able to do that for you. I currently
use all 3560's with POE for my VoIP devices, and then a 2950/2960 for
additional devices that will not be connected through a phone (such as Jet
Direct printers, terminal servers, etc...).

Hope that helps,

Jim


 
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      09-15-2006
Thanks. I'll look into the enhanced image.

Scooby wrote:
> "Ned" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed) oups.com...
> > We have serveral 3560's at the access layer, 3750's at the
> > distribution, and a 4507 at the core. We need more access layer
> > switches but the 3560G's are expensive. I noticed that the 2960 is a
> > good deal cheaper but it works at layer 2. Some of our future uses
> > will include VOIP, multicasting, vlans, and port security. I think
> > these can all be handled by a 2960 layer 2 switch. Any reasons why I
> > would choose the 3560 over the 2960?
> >
> > Thank You
> > Ned Hart
> >

>
> Ned,
>
> From a data standpoint, the 3560 is overkill for an access switch and a 2960
> should work well for your purposes. I'd make sure to get one that supports
> the enhanced image for RSTP and the AutoQOS features. One main
> consideration is for the VoIP - if you plan on using the POE switches, I
> believe that only the 3560's will be able to do that for you. I currently
> use all 3560's with POE for my VoIP devices, and then a 2950/2960 for
> additional devices that will not be connected through a phone (such as Jet
> Direct printers, terminal servers, etc...).
>
> Hope that helps,
>
> Jim


 
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