Solved

Staged Gigabit Upgrade

Posted on 2013-01-28
4
332 Views
Last Modified: 2013-02-12
Hello,

I have a client with about 30 computers.  Upgrading technology hasn't been a priority at this location for a few years, but we're working to bring things "up to speed" so to speak.  

The network infrastructure consists of a Cisco RV042 VPN router (with a 4 port 10/100 switch), a Cisco/Linksys small business series unmanaged 24 port 10/100 switch, and two 5 port 10/100 workgroup switches (Cisco small business series as well if memory serves).  

The cabling infrastructure is decent but I'm not sure if it's cat5 or cat5e.  I need to check it to be sure.  

The computers are a mix (about half/half) of older Windows XP workstations with 10/100 cards and some newer Windows 7 workstations with 10/100/1000 cards and a server with two 10/100/1000 cards (only one is active).  

One of the workgroup switches bit the dust and needs to be replaced.  I'm considering upgrading this network to Gigabit but will have to do it in stages because of limited funds.  My question is, since I need to get a new workgroup switch, should I replace it with a gigabit switch?  

Are the less expensive unmanaged gigabit switches (like a Netgear or similar) capable of negotiating slower speeds where the infrastructure isn't capable of it or am I asking for trouble dropping a Gigabit switch in there?  

What are your real-world experiences with this?  Do you have any recommendations on switches?  

I look forward to your responses.    

Thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:ttist25
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
avcontrol earned 250 total points
ID: 38827041
If you don't do much file transfers within LAN, then no need to be concern much.
Your bottleneck will your ISP anyway.
So, yes it is good have 1Gig port on all hardware withing your LAN, but all "better" speed will come with the price.
I would assume , that unless you have high demand for better speed, no need to overkill.
Looks like you can look up 48 1Gig port switch(L2 or L3 depends on your budget).
There can be many design question, and you might want read more detailed on(Figure: Typical VLAN topology)

http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Internetwork_Design_Guide_--_Designing_Switched_LAN_Internetworks#Designing_Switched_LAN_Internetworks

and many others

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns816/networking_solutions_program_home.html

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/solutions/Enterprise/Branch/G2_Services/G2srmdbrnt.pdf

there is just to many ways to do it, and it will varied greatly on details, what you need now, plans for expantion and so on.
0
 
LVL 20

Assisted Solution

by:rauenpc
rauenpc earned 250 total points
ID: 38827821
Unmanaged switches still negotiate speed/duplex without issue. The unmanaged part just lowers your options in terms of configuration - these will be flat switches only, so no vlans, security options, insight in to the network like port counters, etc. You also won't be able to hard code any ports to a specific speed/duplex.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:ttist25
ID: 38881736
Thanks guys and sorry for the delay with accepting.  

I ended up using a couple of Netgear ProSafe 5 and 8 port GigaBit workgroup switches.  I did speed tests prior to and post install and saw huge increases.  

The cabling was all Cat5e.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:avcontrol
ID: 38881833
Cool.
P.S.
In mine personal option, if you not close to length limitation (330 feet), and about no more then half of mx= around 150 feet, then any CAT5 should support 1Gig.
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
How to get maximum transfer speed over LAN 4 83
Network connections wi-fi configuration issue 6 31
managing a small network 6 83
IPv6 NAT to IPv4 27 49
#Citrix #Citrix Netscaler #HTTP Compression #Load Balance
I had an issue with InstallShield not being able to use Computer Browser service on Windows Server 2012. Here is the solution I found.
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…
In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

778 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question