If I'm running a totally switched network (i.e. all the way to the desktop) is it an idea to leave all machines trying to communicate at 100MB Full Duplex, or should I drop the workstations down to Half Duplex.
The final switched solution will consist of 3 banks of 3 HP Procurve 2524 managed switches. The switches in each bank will be connected using giabit stacking kits and I'd like to connect the 3 banks together using gigabit ethernet transceivers to provide some failover links.
I've had some problems during testing when using a standard CAT5e cable to connect the gigabit transceivers (dropouts, flooding). Do I need to investigate CAT6 patches? The patch cables themselves would be about 5 metres each.