At IU, what switches are recommended for use on the campus network?
Ethernet hubs, repeaters, and switches are a cost-effective way to provide network connectivity to multiple devices via a single data jack. However, improperly implemented switches can result in network problems for an entire building or even, in some rare cases, an entire campus.
To prevent network problems, end-user Ethernet switches on the IU network must meet the basic requirements published by UITS. For an explanation of these requirements, and for testing instructions, see At IU, is my Ethernet switch compatible with the campus network?
The following switches have been tested and meet the requirements for end-user Ethernet switches:
|Amer Networks||SGD105||5-Port Unmanaged 10/100/1000 Mbps Desktop Switch|
|Amer Networks||SGD5||5-Port Unmanaged 10/100/1000 Mbps Desktop Switch|
|Amer Networks||SGD8||8-Port Unmanaged 10/100/1000 Mbps Desktop Switch|
|Amer Networks||SGR24||24-Port Unmanaged 10/100/1000 Mbps Desktop Switch|
|*Cisco||SG100D-09P||8-Port PoE Gigabit Desktop Switch|
|*D-Link||DSG-1008P||8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch with 4 PoE Ports|
|D-Link||DGS-2205||5-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch|
|HP ProCurve||HP408||HP ProCurve 408 8-Port 10/100 Switch|
|Linksys||EG005W||5-Port Workgroup Switch|
|Netgear||GS105NA||ProSafe 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch|
|Netgear||GS108NA||ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch|
|*Netgear||GS108P||ProSafe 8-Port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch with 4-Port PoE|
|SMC Network||SMC8505T||5-Port 10/100/1000 Mbps Auto-Sensing Gigabit Switch|
|SMC Network||SMC8508T||8-Port 10/100/1000 Mbps Auto-Sensing Gigabit Switch|
|TRENDnet||TEG-S50g||5-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch|
None of the switches listed supports the IEEE Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), but all forward STP. Looping ports on the switch cause traffic to flood the upstream (IU) switch, which catches the loop and disables the port with STP. Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) forwards correctly, with no IGMP snooping.
The following switches have been tested and do not meet the requirements for end-user Ethernet switches:
|HP ProCurve||4000M||HP ProCurve Series 4000|
|HP ProCurve||1800||HP ProCurve Series 1800|
Last modified on November 20, 2013.