What's the difference between these unmanaged switches? Which do I need?
Posted on 2005-03-29
I am administering a network of about 25 PCs, 3 servers and two Router/Switches connected by three hubs (1 8 port, 1 16 port and 1 24 port). We realize the hubs are killing our throughput and want to replace them with unmanaged switches. But Which ones?
(as a preface, I understand the difference between hub, switch and router and am certain of the use of those terms in my descriptions here, just so there's no confusion over that)
My main question is: What is the difference between a $70 "SOHO" style switch, a $100-$150 "Business Class" switch and a $200-$300 "Business Class" Switch such as:
(Looks like Linksys' "SOHO" section)
Linksys EtherFast® 16-Port 10/100 Workgroup Switch EZXS16W $70
Linksys 16-Port 10/100 Switch SD216 $70
(From Linksys' "Business" Section)
Aside from more ports than the SOHO switches, is there a difference?
Linksys EtherFast® 24-Port 10/100 Ethernet Switch EF4124 $115
Linksys 24-Port 10/100 Rackmount Switch SR224 $120
(Is the only difference here the module slot?)
HP ProCurve Switch 10/100 24-Port w/1 Module Slot model 2124 $220
(One of my current hubs:)
Linksys "ef2h24" 24 port 10/100 hub - I currently find this for sale online for around $200!! (They actually call it "Pro-grade"!)
Maybe more to the point, is there such a thing as a "low end" 24 port 10/100 switch and a "high end" 24 port 10/100 switch?
Let me try to describe the layout of the network, if that makes some difference in selecting the right equipment:
Area 1) 1 Linux domain controller, 1 linux fax server, 1 Win2k Server(serves antivirus definitions) and DSL modem connected to a Netgear ProSafe 8 port Router/Switch. The Netgear is uplinked to an "Accton" 10Mbps 16 port hub which has 5 PCs connected to it.
Area 2)The "Accton" 16 port hub is uplinked to a Linksys "ef2h24" 24 port 10/100 hub . The Linksys 24 port hub has about 12 PCs connected to it.
Area 3) Also connected to the Linksys is another 8 port hub, "Baystack" model 52 10baseT hub with about 5 PCs connected to it.
Thanks for the help!