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what are the adv/ disadvantages of spliting switch feed?

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we have a network that has segments made up hp procurve switches. main is hp 4108gl and then fibre optic feeds to other parts of the site. The segments have hp 2324 switches.
I keep hearing about "piggybacking" where apparently of the two modules on the switch, one goes back to the 4108gl and the other goes to another segment!
what are the adv/ disadvantages of spliting switch feed?
i have noticed that the hp j4131b transciever states 1000/100 does this mean that it can work at either 1000mbps or 100mbps (in theory) or can it be spilt ie 500 for each of the hp j4131b transcievers.
I just want to know was knowleadge is power!
also what does the mini gbic do?
our network has some notes and one is that a "24 core fibre link goes to the third floor" from the server room, sorry as i said i would like to learn more about the way our network is setup.

i have 500 points on offer though so i think for the knowledge you guys will give me it is a good deal?
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