A few weeks ago, we had a small project to get a remote desk location setup. This location is 1000′ from the nearest IDF, so we had to come up with a new demarc. Since only 2 computers will be running here, there was not a need for an expensive cabinet with high-density switch. Instead, I decided to just run fiber to a smaller switch. So, I purchased the Juniper 2200EX-C 16-port PoE fanless switch.
Once you take it out of the box, the first thing you’ll notice is the weight. For something so small, you’ll be surprised how much weight it has. Once you pull it out of the anti-static bag, you’ll realize why it’s so heavy. The heat sink on this thing is quite massive! Dave Mauro explains why:
— Dave Mauro (@ishmauro) December 5, 2013
Of course, being a 2200EX, this switch has everything you can imagine as a regular 2200 switch. It came with Junos 11.x, but upgrading to 12.x was a breeze. Since this switch wasn’t configured for the network yet, I used a USB stick to get it upgraded. Don’t forget to snapshot your primary partition to your backup partition!
Overall, I’m quite pleased. Being a fanless switch, it’s as quiet as you can expect a book to be! For right now, I have it mounted on a wall, until a cabinet is setup next year. This switch can sit on a shelf/desk, mount on a wall, or you can order extended rack ears to mount in a rack.