[rescue] Looking for Ethernet switch recommendations

Stephen Conley cheetah at tanabi.org
Tue Feb 11 15:59:14 CST 2020

Hey there;

I love this switch (in case you can't see the link, NETGEAR GS724Tv4)


It comes in smaller sizes if you don't need the 24 port -- I actually
picked the 24 port because it works with a 2 post rack, and I have a
desktop 2-post rack for audio equipment, so it fits on that and works
really nice with my office environment.  Also I wanted to do link
aggregation and this switch supports that, along with vlans etc.

No fans!  The newer versions of this switch do have fans so beware -- that
was another one of my requirements as being racked with audio equipment may
suggest :)

I'll confess I'm not deep enough into net tech to know 100% sure it meets
all your other requirements, but if you have questions or want me to dig in
the management controls to tell you if it supports this or that, let me


On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 4:52 PM Mouse <mouse at rodents-montreal.org> wrote:

> I'm looking for an Ethernet switch.  (Or possibly card - see below.)
> Of course, being me, I have idiosyncratic desires. :-)
> The point is to be a vlan demux device: one trunk port to my principal
> house router, with assorted vlans fanned out to small unmanaged
> switches (or multiple ports on this one, if it has enough).
> It doesn't need to be big.  8 ports would be enough, with subsidiary
> unmanaged switches; without them, at least 16 - but see below.
> I want no moving parts, so, fanless.  My impression (which of course
> may be wrong!) is that "fanless" correlates negatively with "lots of
> ports", so I'm kinda expecting to get something with 8-12 ports.
> Of course, since the point of it is to be a vlan demux, so it needs to
> be vlan-capable, which kinda requires that it be managed.  However, it
> has to be managed via serial line, or possibly ssh (maybe even telnet,
> if I can convince myself it's secure enough) - having to use the Web
> for _anything_, even "just" setup tasks like enabling telnet management
> or installing an ssh key, renders it a nonstarter.
> It needs to be gigabit-capable, though these days that's kinda like
> saying it has to come with a power supply.  Jumbograms might be nice
> but they're "might be nice", not even "I'd pay significant extra for",
> much less "this is actually important".
> Alternatively, does anyone know what's available in PCI cards with at
> least four ports?  I'm wondering if perhaps I could add such a thing to
> my house router instead of trunking to an external vlan demux device.
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