Posted on 2004-04-22
Hi there. I just wanted to know if there was a more appropriate way of setting up our network. We currently have:
6 PCs - 2 with wireless cards (802.1g) and 4 with 10/100 NICs
1 Parallel Port Print Server (for our small office printer)
1 Network Printer (with its own ethernet connection)
2 8-port switches (why 2? I'm not sure - one's not in use)
1 MN-700 Wireless router (802.1g) with built-in 4-port switch
1 Lynksys DSL Modem.
We currently have the DSL modem going into the router, with 3 pc's and one swith connected to the router and then the remaining wired pc and the network printer and print server are then going into the switch. I was wondering are we better off having all nodes into the switch? I read that the switch is faster than the router... but its a router with "built-in switch". Does it matter? Now, if we add more nodes and fill up the switch and router, where should the second switch be plugged into? The first switch or the router?