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    Default switch for home lab

    I'm building up my home lab and need recommendations for what switch to buy.

    I'll have two hosts with 3 NICs and a NAS with 2 more nics.

    Anyone else out there with a home lab?
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    I've been using an HP 1810-8G v2. It's fanless, low power, web managed, supports VLANs, span ports, etc., has 8 gigabit ports and includes a lifetime warranty.
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    I'm looking at the 1810 or Cisco SG300-20.

    I'm considering a 16+ port switch as I plan on adding a couple more hosts down the road.
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    +1 for HP 1810. There are two models, one with 8 ports and one with 24.
    It also supports Jumbo Frames.
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    I've also seen HP v1910
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    I had 24 port HP as well. I didn't like the way their interface works really so I ended up replacing it with a Cisco 3560G.
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    For my sphere Lab I got a HP Pro curve. Got some old Cisco gear I could use too .. 2950s, 3750s and if I run really low, I got two 2980Gs lol ... 80 ports of 100M Goodness each haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QHalo View Post
    I had 24 port HP as well. I didn't like the way their interface works really so I ended up replacing it with a Cisco 3560G.
    Isn't it an overkill for a home lab?
    I also don't like their interface, although it's much better than on old 2650s and 2800.

    I can also recommend 2520G. It's fanless and has full CLI that is very similar to Cisco.
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    I work on Cisco switches, so knowing their command line and configuration is essential and I like my home lab being as close to a production environment as possible. I only bought the HP because I wanted something quiet but after I saw how they did things, I pulled it. I'll probably sell it soon. I wouldn't call it overkill, if I could afford a NetApp array at my house I would have one as well. Plus I needed something PoE for my work phone.
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    I don't see 24 as overkill depending on your lab. My two hosts and NAS will take eight right off the back. If I ever add more hosts I'll be looking again.
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    They go faster than you think.

    My Setup
    Management host (vCenter) : 2
    Each host : 2-4 (I prefer four) - in my case three hosts : 12
    Storage : 2
    Uplink : 1

    That's already 17 ...
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