Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Linksys SGE2000P review

I got a couple of these to set up for a new site and thought I'd share my experience.

The good: Everyone that passed my desk stopped and looked at them and said how nice they looked. High praise for a piece of network equipment. However with their piano black front panel people just want to touch them and leave finger prints on them :-)

The stackable management is great. Hot plug add and subtract from the stack and it picks them up and you can manage them from one web interface on 1 IP address.

The bad: the link between them is not all that flash. You have two cables plugged into Gig ports 12 and 24 to make a ring. I've only ever seen one flash so I'm not sure you even get 2GB bandwidth between the switches. Disappointing.

You can't do teaming across switches. Then again these ain't no 3750s baby.

The ugly: they don't save the config between resets! You can copy the running config to a tftp file and then copy that to the startup config. Or log in using the serial console and copy the running to the start but I couldn't find it in the web interface.

Linksys support. I said bad things about Cisco previously. I think I've just been spoiled by them up til now. I emailed Linksys with a question on the stack link and bandwidth. Beyond the robot reply, no answer.

I called support and asked about the config not saving. I was booked a call back an hour later and that was 2 days ago.

So these are good switches. They sped up the network they were installed in but if you want the best still the Cisco 3750s are the ones to go with. They cost more but they are just nicer. If you want something to stack up were people will see them and speed and resiliancy isn't too import these may be your babies.

Update:  seems the config has to be saved manually now unlike previous Linksys gear.  So they do save the config as long as you tell it to but it's hidden away in the copy file menu rather than having a nice save config button on the main screen so you don't forget!

2 comments:

Scott said...

Could you go into more detail on how you did get the settings to save through a power cycle, if the method was a bit weird?

Nick Brooker said...

Hi,

there is a copy running config to startup config (they want to be like their big brothers) type command hidden away in the Admin menu...