Best Practice for multiple switches in a network
Posted on 2011-02-15
I am looking for some advise on our network.
Currently we have 5 switches daisy chained together;
1x Level 1 GSW 2457 (Gigabit),
1x DLINK DGS 1024D (Gigabit),
1x Netgear JGS 524 (Gigibit) and,
2x DLINK DES 1228P's (Fast Ethernet).
This has never caused us any grief until recently when things went haywire. We reset all our switches and things seemed to come right. We are now thinking maybe we don't have the best possible setup.
Is it more advantageous for us to have a "core" switch that will then distribute to the others? If so what switch should we use. We have an IP based telephony system which requires both our PoE Web-Smart switches for phones. Gigabit networking speeds are essential for day-to-day business.
Currently we are just using all these switches as JBOS (Just a Bunch Of Switches) with no networking priority etc.