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Re: Cheapest ethernet switch with monitor/mirror port?
From: John Fraizer <nanog () EnterZone Net>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 08:15:30 -0400 (EDT)


On Tue, 24 Oct 2000, Mark Milhollan wrote:


Henry Yen writes:

but the original poster seemed to be looking for a cheapie (although reliable,
i assume, or why post the question on nanog, after all...) switch that
he could snarf a monitor port from, and not a general recommendation for
that capability for a mid-range or high-end switch.

i think once you get down to the $800 or so range (1200cdn), there's not going
to be much difference in what you get.

So far the HP ProCurve 4000m is looking pretty good.  A pair of
half-populated units (J4121A) is less than the price of a fully
populated one.  CDW has them for US$45.72/port.  (Due to a HP promotion
currently running.)  VLAN (802.1q), IGMP, monitor port, SNMP, stackable,
CoS stuff, &c.  GbE ports (SX, LX, and 1000Base-T) are available for it. 
Some limitations, e.g., 8 MAC's per port in secure mode.

Of course we haven't really stressed them as yet, so ... YMMV, and all.


Disclaimer:  Currently a happy consumer.  No other interest, though I
think a mutual fund or two has some HP stock.


We've managed to get in excess of 800Mb/s through the 4000m's.  So far,
they're the best thing since sliced bread to come along.  One gotcha
though.  They come half-populated because they come with one PS.  Start
loading them up, it's a good idea to put the other PS in which gets
expensive.  We just deploy them as is and when we run out of the 40 ports
(+ GE uplink) we deploy another.



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John Fraizer
EnterZone, Inc




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