Second Data Cabinet Upgrade Soon

I haven’t posted about the second data cabinet in my home and there are two good reasons – one of the switches has issues and it’s aesthetically displeasing.

Yes that switch is sitting on top of the other one.

This is the other end of my network with a HP ProCurve 2910al-24G (above) and HP ProCurve 2626-PWR (below). The 2910al is uplinked to the main cabinet and is also connected directly to my desktop at 10GBe. The 2626-PWR is a 100mbit switch used exclusively for PoE to power my IP cameras and has sufficient bandwidth for this purpose. I’m replacing the 2626-PWR because the serial port is damaged and the web interface is disabled meaning there’s no way to configure the switch. That means no link aggregation, VLAN configured ports or access to the 1GBe/SFP ports. Taking advice from my networking mentor A.L. I’ve gone with a used Cisco to replace it. I know what you’re thinking, why not just buy a brand new switch with 10GBe uplinks and POE? That’s expensive and I can’t justify it despite the likely energy (and noise) savings. I also want to get some experience playing around with Cisco gear now that I’m confident with HPs offerings. I present the CISCO WS-C2960-24LT-L:

For $59 from eBay with free shipping I get 24x 10/100mbit ports (8x blessed with PoE), two 1gig uplink ports, rackmount ears and a serial cable. I’ll post an update when I install and configure it and hey, maybe I’ll do some cable management too.

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