I want to maximise my network speed as some users have complained of poor network performance. I want to start by making sure my servers (x5 HP proliant...) are patched correctly into my switches (x3 netgear gsm7248 l2).
Can someone please provide a diagram or explain exactly how a LAN should be physically patched for optimum performance? And also what actual cables should be used?
Also we have 5 different departments all use the same apps (MS Office mainly) apart from our Design department who use CAD and 3D rendering packages which I know will take up a lot of bandwidth. Should I put them onto their own switches to seperate their traffic from everyone else? Should I VLAN them? I basically want to organise the traffic through my LAN to optimise the speed.