3560 with sfp overkill?
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We are a small shop with less than 100 users looking to go voip. Our vendor is suggesting WS-C3560V2-48PS-S with sfp connections at $3900 each including cable. Is fiber overkill for such a small network? Wouldnt gigabit suffice?
They'll be right next to each other. Im not paying $150 per sfp cable when I can get a cat6 cable for less than $8.
Right, but SFPs are just slots that you can put in a variety of different transceivers, in general terms your options would be fiber gigabit, copper gigabit, or an SFP interconnect. If you want to use gigabit copper you have to buy the transceivers that fit in the SFP slots to give you a gigabit RJ-45 jack, which may be more expensive than a SFP interconnect.
And would you suggest a different switch?
They're cheaper than an Ethernet SFP + patch lead because they don't actually convert it to Ethernet. It just does some proprietory thing in between which doesn't need to travel long distances.
I don't know for sure but I suspect it's copper.
I couldn't really say. To my knowledge there are three main access switch lines 2960, 3560, and 3750. If you need a 48 port 10/100 POE switch and the 2960s don't have all the features you need the 3560 you listed would be a approriate. 3750s just add stacking capability.
It is less than 100 users and less than 48 network ports? Why do you need to have SFP interconnects if you can do the entire site with a single switch?
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