Hi Mike & John, We just got a couple new HP switches here at MMU and I'd be interested in the contacts at HP. We have had some weird issues where random ports just stop working. A reset fixes it for a while but then it reoccurs after a week or so. We've called HP and they have told us they are aware of this issue but have no solution as of yet. We traded in 2 of the Procurve 4000's and got about $1400 trade in with HP. There's some paperwork involved and you have to wait a bit for the check but it did come. Thanks, Jean Jean Campbell CESU Technology Support 211 Browns Trace Jericho, VT 05465 Phone: 802-858-1726 This e-mail may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If this e-mail contains student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA, please notify the sender. Federal regulations require that you destroy this e-mail without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone. >>> Darth Vader <[log in to unmask]> 1/22/2009 9:20 AM >>> I'd stick with Procurve... hard to beat a solid switch with a lifetime warranty and no yearly support fees (I'm talking about you Cisco). Which line to point you at is hard to say since I don't know what kind of port density you require. But, the 4200 is a chasis solution (4 or 8 bay) and you can get just about any kind of port load out you want. The Mini-GBICs aren't really all that expensive considering what they do (ball park of $250 for the SX-LC Mini-GBIC). You can also grab the 2800 with 48 10/100/1000 ports with 4 mini-gbic ports as well (I bet that comes in around $1500). If you need some good contacts for HP networking gear I've got a couple guys you can talk to. I agree that the 4000's are getting a little long in the tooth, but they are still under warranty. Also there might be some trade-in opportunities for you where you can dig up an old crappy hub/switch and trade it in for a shiny new switch. Mike Michael Vining, SB Network Services South Burlington School District South Burlington, Vermont 05403 Direct: (802) 652-7298 DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050 -----Original Message----- From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John McSweeney Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 8:49 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: request: fiber switch recommendations I am shopping for 3-5 switches fiber ready or fiber module equipped to integrate into my network. I have been very satisfied with a mostly HP Procurve backbone 4000 and 2500 series with fiber modules added and like the idea of sticking with a procurve configuration but they are getting a little old. The fiber modules were pricy but have been durable. I know there are cheaper and compatible and equally reliable switches out there and am seeking recommendations. thanks John McSweeney Cabot School Technologist [log in to unmask] No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG - http://www.avg.com Version: 8.0.176 / Virus Database: 270.10.10/1904 - Release Date: 1/21/2009 7:07 AM ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ This email may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If this email contains confidential and/or privileged health or student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA or HIPAA, federal regulations require that you destroy this email without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone. -- This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, ClamAV and Bitdefender and is believed to be clean.