Switch Config Options?

By rumpo
Sep 16, 2005
  1. In our current office enviro, we have a 24-port Linksys switch distributing our data throughout the offices. This week we just had 18 cubicles installed in the larger open area and I'm at a crossroads as to how to deal with wiring each cube. The number of cubes and offices exceeds the original 24-ports.

    Should I:
    a) Use an existing port on one of the posts and connect up another switch for the cubes.

    b) Buy a 2-3 smaller size switches and distribute the bandwidth that way.

    c) Some other solution.

    I guess I'm concerned about bandwidth degradation once all the users get on the LAN at one time.

    Thanks for the leg up.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    A great solution is another downlink cable from the upstream device.
    This new downlink can then supply 1/2 of the total load
    to a new switch(SW2) and the original switch(SW1) can be redistributed as needed.

    As a stop gap, chaining from SW1 to SW2 and thence to the new 18 cubes will
    certainly work -- but may as you suggest get very busy on the Sw1-Sw2 connection. You can reduce that load by spliting off more lines from Sw1 to sw2,sw3... but you're just driving up switching costs.
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