Proper Switch and Router Connecitons
Posted on 2012-03-14
I have a network on first and second floor that used to be 2 separate LANs for security purposes. Now want to convert to one LAN with static ip. I have 2 switches on the second floor (24 port and 48 port gigabit) with a Cat 6 up link for each to the first floor Router. Then I have 2 switches on the first floor (2- 24 port gigabit) that are up liked to the same router. Then WAN 1out to Fiber ISP. Is this the most efficient and effective configuration or should I have the 2nd floor switches forward to the 1st floor switches and then only 2 connections to the router.
My concerns are that I maintain enough through put and don't slow the LAN or any VPN connection for incoming data.
I did try jumping 2nd floor SW1-24port to SW2- 48 port and only using one CAT6 link to 1st floor, but I notice slow down in application transfers. That is why i want to go back to two up links to the first floor.
Also all servers are on the 1st Floor connected to the switches.
Need all thoughts.