Hi all - I am installing new wiring for Ethernet access for a small 3-person office (about 15 feet by 25 feet), and want to install 12 Ethernet Jacks in the walls, 4 for each person/office. I am wondering of there is any difference (besides cost) if I setup the network, starting with the incoming Gateway/Modem, either:
OPTION #1 Use one larger 20-Port Switch and run individual 12 Ethernet lines to the 12 Jacks/Devices, 4 to each office
OPTION #2 Use a 4-Port Switch, run 3 single Ethernet lines out to the 3 different offices, into another 4-Port Switch in each office, then run 4 Ethernet lines for the Jacks/Devices
OPTIONS #3 Other way to do this?
Hope that makes sense! Specifics, if it matters:
The Internet Provider is AT&T Business Fiber, 25MB Down, 5MB Up, each office has 1 Mac, 1 Windows box, 1 or 2 Network Printers, and 1 IP Phone (Polycom VVX 410 via 8x8 IP Phone Service Provider. Is a "casual" office, not a call-center. No heavy demand on IP except the occasional Video download and maybe 2 IP Phone calls at the same time)
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!