It is sometimes a false economy to buy four switches with a lower port count compared to one big one to cut down on the initial outlay. Indeed, bigger savings are to be made when it comes to opportunity cost (e.g. when identifying a rogue switch/port), the space saved, power consumption etc.
Which is why if you need a 48 port switch, just go for one. They tend to be significantly more expensive than their 24-port counterparts or 48-port ones with fast Ethernet but they are worth it.
Total ICEX is selling the Netgear Prosafe GS748TS-100EUS 48 Port Gigabit smart managed stackable switch with 4 Gb Fiber Slots for £200 on its eBay shop, a price that comes with free delivery and 200 Nectar points.
The item is refurbished but you can add a two year warranty to it for as little as £48. Even then, it costs less than half its selling price when new.
It is rackmountable, stackable, has a switch fabric capacity of 96Gbps and supports a wealth of LAN standards including port mirroring and IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet over fiber standard (1000BaseX).
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