Re: Bay Networks (5000)

Patrick W. Gilmore ( (no email) )
Sat, 07 Jun 1997 19:29:50 -0700

At 05:33 PM 6/7/97 -0500, Zak Wolfinger wrote:
>Does anyone have any good or bad experiences with Bay Networks that they
>would like to share? We are particularly interested in the system 5000.

Okay, before I begin, I'd like to point out the Bay Networks was two
companies - SynOptics & Wellfleet. SynOptics made hubs & actually was the
biggest hub maker in the world for quite a while. Bay Networks may still
be, I don't know. Wellfleet made routers. Not bad ones either. They were
#2 behind Cisco. In fact, for a while, Wellfleet (Bay) had the fastest
rouers on the planet.

Now, I *REALLY* liked SynOptics, and I thought Wellfleet was "okay". Now,
I won't buy a Bay router unless the client tells me to do so. But the hub
side of Bay is still OUTSTANDING. (I'm talking the shared ethernet, token
ring, FDDI stuff.) I've installed a lot of 5000s. They just run & run &
run & run & . . . . You get the point. THREE power supplies, enough
backplanes to segment your network any way you want, GREAT management (see
the warning lights in real time from across the country :), etc. They were
designed for telco applications.

One problem, I'm not sure I like their options on switched ethernet cards.
But for shared media, they are probably the most flexible, most manageable,
most reliable box out there. (No flames, please - I said "probably. ;)

Do you have a specific configuration in mind? Perhaps if you gave us more
detail, the list might have someone who's done the same thing with the 5000
or other equipment?


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