Wednesday, December 24, 2008

All I want for Christmas is...


Today (24th) was Christmas in Norway. Just one of the ways Santa manages to get more time to deliver the packages - I'm sure he has lots more coping strategies.

My wife and I are building a house. It'll be done come summer (the roof is on now, roofing tiles and all :-). So I've started to plan ahead for the machine room. The house will have pretty good wiring potential - we'll be able to wire at need (if I have forseen our needs and specified sufficient tubing for wiring). So next obvious need is a switch. Need one with management, VLAN and SNMP support of course; to be able to do interesting things. So my Christmas gift to myself is a Linksys SRW2016, a 16 port 10/100/1000Mbps switch. Way cheap. The management is of the "webview" flavour, but what the hell, it was cheap at the price and has good capabilities. The VLANs will enable me to use as little wiring as posible. The SNMP support will hopefuly motivate me to make Munin a fully fledged MRTG killer (it's important to have dreams! :-) I'll just have to cope with the "webview", whatever.

Best of all, it's fan free and rack mountable. In a few months I'll have to find a cheap 19", 80cm-1m deep rack. If anyone in the Oslo (Norway) area has a rack to spare please write (or call or SMS or MMS)! In the mean-time I have a toy :-)

God Jul!

3 comments:

Nicolai said...

It should be noted that the webview interface of this switch works strictly only with I.E. (not even firefox on Windows works), but as I've posted about now, there is a secret CLI that gives all the power of the web interface.

ssm said...

Judging from the sound, it's not particularly fan free. :)

Nicolai said...

You must have mistaken this switch for some other switch. It _is_ fanless.