3750 vs 4500 with SupII

kerxkerx Member Posts: 38 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi all,

I'm in the process of building my lab.

I do understand that I can get away with CCNP and CCIE lab practice with 2 x 3550's and 2 x 3650's. Doing my research on eBay, it seems that the price for a 4500 modular series switch with SupII and higher port density is less expensive than a single 3750 series switch.

As far as I can tell, the 4500 series switch with the SupII has much more capabilities. Also, I remember watching a Youtube video that both Narbik and Scott Moriss recommended that CCIE candidates should start gaining more experience with 4500 series Multilayer switches.

Would you recommend bringing in a 4500 series switch into my physical lab? Or is it better to go with a 3750?

Thanks guys!


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    Mrock4Mrock4 Banned Posts: 2,359 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Just based on pure size alone, I'd go with a 3750. I can't imagine having a 4500 in my home office
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    echo465echo465 Banned Posts: 115
    The 4500 switches are freaking loud, and use a 20A power feed --- at least the ones I've handled were (4510R, 4510R+E, 4503R-E). Still, the base 4500 non-E switches aren't the new hotness anymore, so if the noise and power aren't an issue, maybe it would be a decent and (relatively) inexpensive choice.
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    PristonPriston Member Posts: 999 ■■■■□□□□□□
    The 2 most common switches I see are the 3750 and 4506-E. Every once in awhile I'll go into a building with a 4506-E that only has 3 patch cords in it, such a waste of electricity. I just couldn't imagine labbing with a 4500 series
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    jamesp1983jamesp1983 Member Posts: 2,475 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I certainly couldn't imagine having a 4500 series in my home lab. They are loud, big, and power hungry.
    "Check both the destination and return path when a route fails." "Switches create a network. Routers connect networks."
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