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HELP RE: Selecting Gigabit Switch and Mountable Rack Enclosure Cabinet with Fan

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We currently have two 24 port 100mb/sec switches made by Cisco at our office. All the ports are full and it is just currently sitting there on a table (no rack, nothing!).

We were advised to upgrade (for speed) to a gigabit switch with more ports and the one the techie guy recommended was this one: LINK [amazon.com]

NETGEAR ProSAFE GS748T 48-Port Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (GS748T)

My question:

1) Is this switch above too wide? It looks like it is almost 23 inches wide and I cannot find a small rack enclosure that is mountable to the wall (very important for us) that has a fan inside that can take this.

2) Is it better to buy THREE smaller gigabit switches (say 24 ports each - we already filled up both 24 port switches) than to buy a single 48 port switch and have all those wires close together? Seems like the cabinets with fans are much more readily available for that size switch.

3) Is this plug and play? Meaning can we just move all the wires and plug them into this one or would we have to pay the tech guy to come and configure some sort of settings on it in order for it to work?

Help! Please and thank you! (Humble owner of a small animal hospital - trying to keep our costs down!)
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Plug and play except in terms of VLAN setup for things like VOIP phones with PoE. Those may require some setup depending on your phone system.
The Netgear is good stuff, I've used them with my clients. Only ever had one problem out of the box and that was a wire hitting the internal fan. Opened the case, moved the wire, problem solved.
Only you can determine the space / cabinet question - that's totally up to you.
As for installing it yourself and keeping costs down - you used your IT guys knowledge and experience to select the product - PAY him to install it for you. I don't know what kind of relationship you have with him but if you value him at all if would be foolish to damage that relationship over one hour of his time. I often have clients order stuff themselves on my recommendation and make nothing on the hardware but that's on stuff that I will be installing. I'd be pretty offended if they started installing stuff themselves and would probably refuse to support it or in extreme cases fire them as a client.
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It's not too wide. They must be listing the box dimensions. It fits in a standard 19" rack.

You don't really need and probably don't want a cabinet with a fan. Unless maybe you need to lock it up for some reason. Just buy an open rack that's large enough for whatever you need to put in it and some spare room for spacing/growth.

The Netgear are decent basic switches. I use a 24-port POE version of the same switch at my house. Not much config required. You can do more but the only thing that you'll need to do is to assign a static IP address. They have a web-based interface so that's relatively easy to do if you have general network knowledge and can follow instructions. Much more simple than something like Cisco.

Agree with the other guy above. There's a bunch more info required to know whether this will do what you want and whether one or splitting things up makes more sense. i.e., do you need POE for phones or cameras, etc?
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Netgear makes good stuff in this regard. Should not be a problem and I agree with the others, just have your guy install it and make sure it meets your reqs

That said, 2017 and you are still running 100mb on a corporate network????? It never ceases to amaze me how cheap some companies can be.
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That said, 2017 and you are still running 100mb on a corporate network????? It never ceases to amaze me how cheap some companies can be.
At the risk of preaching to the choir - IT is nothing but a cost-center to most non-technical executives. They never look at the lost productivity of employees struggling along with older equipment or the time people sit idle while equipment is down.
Hell - convincing one client where employees were forever cutting and pasting information from one place to another to even TRY dual monitors FREE OF CHARGE was a major undertaking. Tried one - now they can't imagine how they ever lived without them. Gee, really?
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At the risk of preaching to the choir - IT is nothing but a cost-center to most non-technical executives. They never look at the lost productivity of employees struggling along with older equipment or the time people sit idle while equipment is down.
Hell - convincing one client where employees were forever cutting and pasting information from one place to another to even TRY dual monitors FREE OF CHARGE was a major undertaking. Tried one - now they can't imagine how they ever lived without them. Gee, really?

I know...you are indeed preaching to the choir lol. I have seen places using 13 inch monitors, servers with Win 2000, etc. I was at one place where they did testing on machines so slow that it took the testers almost a day to run their tests for a release...the same tests that took under an hour in Production all because their db servers in test were antiques that should have had a bullet put into them 8-10 years prior. There is a difference as I used to say between getting value for your money and just being stupid cheap. Many places are stupid cheap not only because they have upper management that is clueless but often the application and operations staff are as well and have no idea on proper maintenance and upgrade cycles of hardware and software alike.
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Another tech support thread where the OP has apparently never returned. Makes you wonder if it is worth bothering don't it?
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