ILoveC4 Posted December 4, 2009 Share Posted December 4, 2009 Alright guys, I am in need of a larger network switch due to some additional C4 gear that is coming on line soon, and the addition of two PC's at the house. Plus, I have the basement getting finished and will need more data ports once that is complete. Anyways, on to my question.Currently my network setup is this:Comcast Modem |Vonage VoIP Box |Linksys WRT54g (I know, don't kill me - it works great for serving up wireless) |8 Port Linksys Commercial Grade 10/100/1000 gigE switch (Model SD2008) | | | | | | |HC300 HC300 Media Controller 16 Channel Amp Netgear EVA9150 Netgear EVA9150 ReadyNASCurrently all my computers connect to the network wirelessly. I had one of my desktop PC's connected to the switch, but that got bumped when the ReadyNAS came online. Here shortly we're going to be adding an HC1000 V3 (which will probably mean the end of the Media Controller), and C4 Tuner which I just picked up, and a couple of 7" PoE touchscreens. I would also like room to connect three PC's. Essentially I need at least 5 more ports. I would love a 24 port switch, but am trying to be cost concious and don't want to buy more than I need.Here are the scenarios that are running through my head.A) Buy a second switch just like the one I have a connect the two together using one of the ports on each switch. Is this even possible? If so, would the two switches connect to the router or would the connect to each other? Buy a 16 or 24 port 10/100 switch. I can get a 10/100 24 port switch for ~ the same price as the 10/100/1000 8 port switch. Do I really need 10/100/1000 or is 10/100 enough?C) Buck up and buy a 16 or 24 port 10/100/1000 switch (obviously the best route for performance, but again - is the 10/100/1000 really necessary)?Here are the three 10/100/1000 switches I am looking at:8 port: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Linksys+-+8-Port+10/100/1000+Mbps+Gigabit+Switch/8308798.p?id=1173577950216&skuId=830879816 port: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Linksys+-+16-Port+10/100/1000+Gigabit+Ethernet+Switch/8854983.p?id=1209166342096&skuId=885498324 port: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Linksys+-+24-Port+10/100/1000+Gigabit+Ethernet+Switch/8854974.p?id=1209166342026&skuId=8854974If 10/100/1000 isn't necessary there are a myriad of cost effective 10/100 switches available.So to sum all this up here is what I want to know from the pros:Can I hook two switches togethers?Do I really need 10/100/1000 or is 10/100 going to be enough?Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for your help on this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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