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  1. techadmin
    September 12, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Changing to 24 port “silent” switches is a good strategy.
    Another option is to replace the fans inside the 48 port switches. The standard fans on most Switches are pretty crap. I have changed most of my switches over to Noctua NF-A4x10 fans and the difference in noise levels is huge.
    Noctua Cooling Fan and Noctua NF-A4X10
    So for about US$50 and some tech time to fit them you can keep your existing switches and have far quieter operation. Mileage will of course vary, however in these days of tight IT budgets, it is definitely worth a look. 🙂


    • Colour My Learning
      September 13, 2013 @ 8:06 am

      Thanks for sharing. This is an excellent idea. We also looked at sound proofing for wiring cabinet, noise damping materials, and purpose built cabinet with active cooling, but your way may be the best for keep the cost down.


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