You can nab the TP-LINK TL-SG1048 48-port Gigabit switch for as little as £204 with free delivery and 203 Nectar points from TMSupplies from Ebay. It is the most affordable switch that can not only offer Gigabit connectivity but also four dozens ports. The Netgear Prosafe GS748TS 48 port gigabit switch may be cheaper but it is refurbished, something which might not go down well with some companies.
The TL-SG1048 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to features and theoretical performance. It offers Auto MDI/MDI-X crossover on all 48 ports, thereby eliminating the need for crossover cables or uplink ports.
It also features non-blocking wire-speed architecture with a 96Gbps switching capacity for maximum data throughput (that's 2Gbps per port). An 8K MAC address table provides scalability for even the largest networks and the switch offers 802.3x Flow Control for full-duplex mode and back pressure flow control for half-duplex mode. This alleviates traffic congestion and ensures reliable data transmission.
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