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How to choose the right switch

Posted on 2006-07-18
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I need to connect a home network that spans 2 buildings about 250' apart. Both buildings have multiple net connection points and I want to avoid the complexity of two routers. Obstructions between the buildings degrades wireless signal to many parts of structure # 2. t seems my back option is to install a switch in the building without the router.

On the switch side for the network will be a desktop and a couple laptops running xp and a Tivo that I'd like to figure out how to bring online. VPN is provided by hamachi.cc

Given the above, what features do i need in a switch?
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by:simsjrg
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Does each building have its own Internet services? Can you provide a quick diagram? How many users in each building? How many wired, how many wireless?
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by:juststeve
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Nope...the sole DSL line comes to 'Studio' into a linksys WRT54 that also provides VOIP (vonage) connectivity. Studio has a desktop, laptop (sometimes), and a NAS (linksys slug) tho that _could be relocated to 'House'.

'House' has a direct cable from the linksys...and since there are only 3 ports from the router I _would have to relocate the NAS. 'House' has a desktop and up to 2 laptops, plus the Tivo.

Perhaps I should swap the location of the DSL modem up to 'House' and place the switch in 'Studio'. That would mean wireless connectivity to all points in 'House' would be practical. But it's not clear to me what the implications of divices hung off the switch are.
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So ultimately you need to add more wired devices on one end and that is why you are looking into a switch? As far as the connection between the House and Studio have you considered running an outdoor cat5e with proper grounding?
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by:juststeve
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I have that cable laid. Yes...need multiple wired connections at whichever end doesn't have the wireless router. Though if the router sits up at 'House' I'd need to come up with a couple of wireless APs.
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Ok that is easy... just pickup a switch and connect one of the ports on the router to the new switch with a cross-over cable.

Switch: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833124004
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