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Hello,

We are having some networking problems and think it may be our Gigabit network switch going bad.  We were looking to replace it for testing.  My question is would we lose anything by linking two 16 port switches together compared to just using one 24 or 26 port switch?
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Yes, you would. The connection between two 16-port switches would only be 1gigabit, so all communications between switches is limited to that 1gigabit connection.

If everything is on a single switch, you can have multiple gigabit of data traversing multiple ports at once, you're not sharing that single gigabit uplink.

On a network this size, you're probably not transferring that much data on a regular basis, however. I suspect no one would notice the difference in performance unless they're doing massive amounts of file transfers or high res video streaming, editing, etc.
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Thanks for the advice
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