2 switches in a network

Posted on 2011-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
im building a home media server, which my roommates share. Im planning to install a gigabit switch so that file upload time will be less and every one can read and write at the same time without bottlenecks. My question is, installing two gigabit switches instead of just one will affect performance. if so how much?

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    if you cascade them, performance will actualy decrease a little bit
    a switch just links two computers that communicate
    every pair of computers linked in a switch can communicate in parallel
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    You won't see a noticeable difference in performance connecting the two switches. If you are really concerned though, just buy one with with more ports, unless physically the two switches will be in separate locations. What brand/type of switches were you planning on getting?
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    More switches will not affect performance. Real bottleneck in your scenario will be server disks read/write speed when multiple users start to stream or copy content from media server.


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    thanks.. i expected some calculation and formulas to prove it though.. but thanks anyway

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