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April 4, 2006 1:11:20 AM

I currently have 20 client computers connected to a central server. I wish to upgrade the network (currently on 10/100 switches and a Dlink DFL-700 router) to make it go faster what would u guys suggest?

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April 4, 2006 2:35:48 PM

Perhaps a Cisco 3750.
April 4, 2006 4:41:49 PM

Do the workstations or the server have gigabit nics in them? If not, upgrading the networks speed may be quite a bit more costly than just replacing a switch :) 
I'd go for either of these nics for the workstations:
Intel PWLA8391GT - $35
3com 3C2000-T - $47
And one of these for the server:
Intel PWLA8490MT - $99
3com 3C996B-T - $125

For just a 20 user network you dont really have to shell out for cisco (unless you have serious bucks, then go for it).
A 24 port netgear should be just fine. The NETGEAR JGS524FNA ($260) would probably fit your needs and it has two mini gbic slots for any future fiber expansion ;) 
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April 4, 2006 7:55:11 PM

Yes all the workstations have gigabit nics on them, thanx for the help
April 4, 2006 8:38:09 PM

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Perhaps a Cisco 3750.


<Gag!> Sorry. Wow.. I hope that was joke. A 3750 costs... well... a lot.

The main things I think you need to look for are at least a 24port (if not larger) 10/100 port switch that also has a couple of GigE ports. It's *really* important to look for a switch that's advertised as having a "non-blocking" architecture. What this means is that the switch-fabric/backplane of the switch has the same bandwidth as the sum of all it's ports. Basically... everybody can talk at the same time without any bottlenecks. Lesser/older switches don't have that feature.

So, like a 24+2 or a 48+2 switch will allow all your PC's to communicate at full throttle. You can even hook up the server via GigE to one of the GigE ports since that's a choke point for multiple users hitting it at once.

Tom's Networking just did a review on a decent NetGear switch that could fit the bill:
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2006/03/13/netgear_fs728ts/
NetGear also makes a 48port version.
April 5, 2006 8:36:11 PM

hehehe.... he didn't say anything about keeping the cost down... and I was being realistic. I could have said a 7609 with dual sup720 bxl3s and 6724 sfp mods...

Quote:
Perhaps a Cisco 3750.


<Gag!> Sorry. Wow.. I hope that was joke. A 3750 costs... well... a lot.

The main things I think you need to look for are at least a 24port (if not larger) 10/100 port switch that also has a couple of GigE ports. It's *really* important to look for a switch that's advertised as having a "non-blocking" architecture. What this means is that the switch-fabric/backplane of the switch has the same bandwidth as the sum of all it's ports. Basically... everybody can talk at the same time without any bottlenecks. Lesser/older switches don't have that feature.

So, like a 24+2 or a 48+2 switch will allow all your PC's to communicate at full throttle. You can even hook up the server via GigE to one of the GigE ports since that's a choke point for multiple users hitting it at once.

Tom's Networking just did a review on a decent NetGear switch that could fit the bill:
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2006/03/13/netgear_fs728ts/
NetGear also makes a 48port version.
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