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We have a network layed out with all layer 3 switches, spanning-tree enabled, etc.  We have run out of network drops in a few areas so to get by we have implemented some cheap D-Link 5 port switches.  I realize ideally that these would only be temporary solutions.  I am currently working on reconfiguring our switches to add vlans and segment out our data network.  Should these switches be eliminated with new cable drops and will they cause issues in any way with connectivity or affect the quality of our network if left in place?

I hate the fact that they are around regardless if they cause problems or not, but would like some input if anyone knows more exact what implications they can cause.
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They should actually work fine, EXCEPT that they're unmanaged switches, so you have no bandwidth or priority controls over the devices connected to them -- only the single run TO the switch.    Only you can decide if that's an issue worth resolving with more runs.
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