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What's the best type of Switch?
Pat Nov-08-00 11:27 PM
I'm looking for a switch(es)for a network that has 25 workstations and 2 servers. Can anyone recommend where I should start?

Thanks

Pat


1. RE: What's the best type of Switch?
lbyard Nov-09-00 02:15 PM
In response to message 0
I would start by looking at the latest features and prices at some of the name brand web sites. Some name brands: Intel, D-Link, 3Com, Linksys, Kingston, SMC, Acer, Digi, Allied Telesys... I did not list these in any particular order and the list is not all inclusive. Larry

2. RE: What's the best type of Switch?
Pat Nov-09-00 06:26 PM
In response to message 1
Larry,

Thanks for the advice!

After some searching, I've settled on getting 2 Linksys Etherfast II 10/100 16-port switches. Which brings me to my next question.

Can I stack 2 of these switches and if so, how?

Thanks

Pat


3. RE: What's the best type of Switch?
lbyard Nov-09-00 06:35 PM
In response to message 2
"Uplinking- Connecting to Other Switches and Hubs

Each 10/100 Dual-Speed Switch has a shared uplink port -- which sits right
next to port 12 or 16 on the switch (depending on the model you have) for
connecting or ircascadingl¤˙ the switch to other devices. This uplink port is
shared, meaning that when it is in use, the port next to it on the switch cn no
longer be used. Since the uplink port crosses the polarity of your cabling for
you, there is no need to use any special cables. A regular, straight-through Cat
5 RJ-45 Fast Ethernet cable will do. Connect one end of the cable to the
switch, then connect the other end to any standard RJ-45 port on your hub or
other device."


4. RE: What's the best type of Switch?
Pat Nov-09-00 06:50 PM
In response to message 3
Larry,

Thanks for solving that mystery for me! I'm kinda new at networking and your website and forum have been EXTREMELY helpful.

Pat


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