We have a small network of about 23 pcs. It has been built up over the last few years pieces at a time. Right now we have a 16 port hub and a 12 port hub connected by uplink port. We only have two cable runs to a back room where, of course, we now want to add more pcs. I bought us a 5 port hub intending to connect it in the back, adding 4 ports. I started reading here and elsewhere and see that I shouldn't have more than two hubs connected together. (The hubs we have now can not be stacked.) I'm not having a lot of luck understanding most of what I'm reading, not a network guy, just the guy stuck with taking care of it. The back room run is approx. 100 feet from our hubs. Short of running more cable, what should I use to add more ports in back?
The 16 port hub is a 10/100 and all cable is cat5. I was thinking of replacing the 12 port hub with a 10/100 switch. Would that allow me to add a hub in back and also give us fast-ethernet?
Or do I just not understand any of it?
Thanks for any advice.