I'm about to replace an old cheap dell network 12 port switch that was pressed into service when the HP 24 port switch was maxed out. We moved the switches around (always makes me cringe when you move something thats been sitting for years) added 2 extranal network drives that filled up the 12 port switch and now we are getting random network drops. It's not always the same port or connected to the same switch so, not being a network expert - I want to punt. Instead of replacing the small switch I want to get on 48 port switch and replace both old switches but there in lies the rub. I'm finding prices from a few hundred dollars for netgear to thousands of dollars for cisco. We have a pretty simple network. The dsl line is connected to a linux firewall that is connected to a 24 port switch and lines are run to it to small 8 port switches around the building or directly to PCs. I don't have a nead for fiber optic lines (that I know of). We run a 10.0.0.0 IP system which is what was set up when I came to work here. My question is for those of you that have experience with them, will the 30 to 500 dollar 48 port switch work fine in my situation? I can't see what difference a 2,000.00 swithc would make as our network traffic is mostly email with sending a few files to other machines over the network. I'd appeciate any comments. Thanks!