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Posted on 2007-03-20
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Our company recently moved to new offices.  The building was already cables but there were not enough network points on the wall near the clusters of desks so I installed a small switch for each desk.  I had initall bought some cheap ones just to get the initial setup.  These switches are not preforming very well, loosing conection and having to be reset frequently.  My plan is to move the network to gigabit speeds to i what to gigabit switches.  There are 4 computers to a desk cluster and there are 5 desk clusters.  I already have my 3 servers linked to a gigabit. switch.  I found a 3 com switch (3Com 8 port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Switch).  http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/detail.jsp?tab=features&pathtype=purchase&sku=3C1670800A.

Does anyone have any comments about this setup.  I want to make sure I buy the correct equipment.  
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by:p_davis
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you probably already thought of this but to take advantage of the gigabit network you will also need gigabit nics
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by:Kevin Robinson
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Yes Most my new PCs have Gigabit cards.  I just have a few more to upgrade.

Is there any problem. conecting so many small switches together.
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The only problem with connecting many fewer port switches together is that you are going to be limiting your throughput to the 1 uplink port.  So essentially your 4 computers or however many you connect to each switch will be sharing the bandwidth of the 1 up.  Just a side note, if you are connecting from switch to switch you will need a crossover cable.
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Obviously the sharing limitation will be multiplied if you are cascading from switch to switch to switch to gateway or somthing like that.
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i personally would install some more network drops. the more nodes you have the more management is going to be involved and the more troubleshooting you are going to have to do if something fouls up. but if you are willing to accept that and what vpt-inc had said then there is no problem doing this, it probably just isn't the best practice but necessity sometimes dictates what we do.
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