How to Select Best Refurbished Cisco Switches

Posted by The Team at CXtec on Oct 28, 2022 4:43:35 AM

When it comes to technology in our daily lives, many decisions must be made before the purchase. Which streaming platform will...

When it comes to technology in our daily lives, many decisions must be made before the purchase. Which streaming platform will offer the best shows at the best price, resulting in fewer "what should we watch tonight" discussions? Is that All-in-One Multi-Cooker genuinely going to make dinnertime easier? Should I buy the new PlayStation 5? The same holds for network switches. Understanding the fundamentals of network switches is critical.

While we can't advise you on which streaming service to use (although Stranger Things season four is now available on Netflix... you can make an obvious choice, right?), we can tell you which newest technological network is the best. Our area of expertise lies in refurbished networking switches and related networking technology.

Overview: Process of Choosing Refurbished Switches for an Enterprise is Complex

In recent years, Cisco has re-emerged as a major player in networking. Cisco has upgraded its networking hardware and software line. This can help companies extend their networks to the cloud and manage the security of their data. But with so many Cisco switch models and their varying qualities, which one should you buy? This guide will answer that question. Also, this will provide insight into choosing the best-refurbished cisco switches for your business network.

Key considerations When Choosing Business Switches

CXtec assists customers in determining which type of switch to consider. We weigh various factors, ranging from routing requirements and port speeds to manufacturer support. Careful planning before procuring a switch will save you money and time. You can ensure it by not purchasing equipment with unnecessary functionality. It's because you're making a long-term investment.

1. Number of Ports Required

Switches can have a 5-port to 52-port configurations. You’ll need to hit the nail on the head when considering the number of ports. You must think about the number of users your network supports. To account for unforeseen requirements, increase your current port count by 15%. You will have the minimum required switch ports today and in the foreseeable future.

2. Port Speed and Types

Speed for primary and uplink ports are combined with power requirements when specifying needs in complete depth. This tells us how many edge Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+ ports you need and how fast they should be. The number and type of edge/primary and uplink ports are critical. It will change your purchasing decisions if you require 22-Gbit PoE ports for edge devices but also require 8-Gbit Fiber SFP connections on the same closet or data center switch.

Fixed configuration switches come in the following speed:

  • Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
  • Ten Gigabit (10/100/1000/10000 Mbps)
  • 40/100 Gbps speeds.

If all of this seems confusing, the biggest thing to consider when determining speed is the users' network needs. Will they be migrating lots of data? Then Gigabit Ethernet or faster is most likely the best bet.

  • PoE vs non-PoE

Power over Ethernet (PoE) enables you to power a device such as an IP phone or wireless access point using the same cable that carries data. PoE can provide great flexibility if you have a more extensive network by allowing you to place endpoints anywhere in the office. This is especially useful in places where running a power outlet is difficult.

  • Stackable vs Standalone

Is your network growing? Then consider using a stackable switch. Individual switches must be configured, and debugging must be handled separately.

Multiple switches can be configured as one entity using stackable switches. They have the advantage of being able to be configured if a port or cable fails. The switch stack will automatically reroute to avoid failure.

3. Form Factor

The following factors influence your switch selection:

  • The layout of your workplace
  • Your preference for quiet operation or physical security
  • The number of switch ports needed

Desktop switches are smaller, silent, and designed to be placed on top of a desk or table. This makes them ideal for conference rooms and smaller offices. Rack-mount switches are intended to be installed in a wiring closet or other enclosed, physically secure room. They can be placed in the data center that houses other network devices like servers and telephony equipment.

CXtec is the world's leading provider of used Cisco equipment, but we also offer much more. Our exclusive equal2new® brand of certified pre-owned equipment provides our clients with all the advantages of purchasing refurbished network switches. Also, the peace of mind that comes with buying new. Our refurbished Cisco switches are as reliable as new OEM equipment. Call our experts to know more about different refurb Cisco switches.