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I'm looking for a cheap gigabit managed switch that can be controlled with telnet so I can do some scripting. The number of ports is of little consequence to me and I was wondering if anyone had any good recommendations.

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I find Dell PowerConnect switches to be of excellent quality/performance and the "mid-range" 3500 series line are very cost effective and include telnet configurability.

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Don't forget to check out the Dell Outlet too dell.com/outlet (international versions available too) –  JamesHannah Jul 21 '09 at 21:24

If web scripting doesn't scare you, then the HP Procurve 1800 series are pretty damn cheap. 200GBP for 24 ports and 90GBP for 8 ports. Sadly, proper telnet/ssh managed switches from HP are quite a bit more expensive.

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You're probably best off getting something used off of craigslist. I have a cisco/linksys srw2008 which does vlan tagging, port mirroring, 802.1x, and so on. It has a somewhat limited CLI but it does support ssh/telnet.

The linksys is roughly $200.

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I also like the Dell Poweredge for the money. They are quite cheap on ebay. If your budget is a bit bigger HP Procurve is great too.

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