Got a possibly dying Netgear Prosafe 24-port switch (lightening strike). Lost 2 ports somehow afterwards (several other switches and other unrelated hardware had to be replaced at a building after the strike).
Trying to find the best 32-port switch to replace it for under $400. Don't need anything fancy, just a nice a nice replacement. There are no servers, no computer to computer traffic really. Pretty much just connects 23 computers to a $200 linksys router so they can access the Internet. Figured it'd make sense to bump up to a 32-port for expandability, and don't want to risk using a faulty switch ongoing.
Newegg has this at $309:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833122082
That seem like a good option? Hoping someone with more experience in this department could chime in with some thoughts.
Eventually I'd like to hook up a small server or something to it (or at a bare minimum a basic networked drive somewhere I can dump files on for sort of a super-cheap backup solution for about 3 or 4 of the computers). If we could tie that in to the switch upgrade that'd be awesome, if not, not a big deal. My hands are tied in many ways in what I can do and/or what I can spend, but I have some flexibility (the reasons aren't important, but basically corporate IT policy overrides local building policy, and corporate pretty much mandates standalone computers with generic passwords (I know, right?)). Basically, I'm trying to replace the switch as priority #1. The optional thing would be if I could somehow tie this in with a super-budget backup for say, 2GB of data from 4 of the 23 computer.
Thanks for any help or thoughts.
Edit: Cleaned up my thoughts above. Also, 1000mbps is pretty much completely irrelevant, most are cheap boxes with 10/100 cards anway. A +1 or +2 1000mbps wouldn't hurt if I setup a backup system of some kind, but that traffic would all be at night, not during the day. Even if I setup a shared drive for files, we'd be talking a maximum of 500MB / day of total traffic, spread around the whole day.