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Router and multiple switches

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January 31, 2011 8:44:13 PM

I have a router that feeds two switches, a 5 port gigabit and a 16 port fast Ethernet... My primary reason for the network is local media sharing. Is there a prefered way to set this up?

Do I connect the switches both to the router or do I feed one switch from another switch from the router.

Which way would be most stable?

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January 31, 2011 8:51:58 PM

Is your router 10/100 or gigabit? Really, anyway you hook them up should be good. Any gigabit equipped computers should be hooked into a gigabit switch for max speed, and the 10/100 will do just that.

If you have a 10/100 connecting two gigabit switches, that's when you'll slow down the whole network.
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January 31, 2011 9:06:04 PM

Thank you for the reply. I have a 10/100 router and 10/100 16port switch and the 5port gigabit switch. So connecting the two switches through the router will not introduce any latency or problems? I am probably over-thinking this.
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January 31, 2011 9:18:30 PM

No additional latency in any configuration of connecting those switches. Just be sure that you don't make a ring.
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January 31, 2011 11:49:11 PM

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how many computers do you have that you wnat to connect



about 12 devices at any time, the extras are for the ability to plug in anywhere around the house.
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February 2, 2011 1:52:09 AM

No need for name / model number. The router was clearly stated as a 100Mbps router, most likely a SOHO model which makes it a router + switch technically.

Plug your 16 port FE switch to port 1 on the SOHO router, plug the 1Gb switch to port 2 on the SOHO router. Plug any 1Gb devices into the 1Gb switch to maximize their performance to each other, plug everything else into the 16 port FE switch.

*Poof* optimal network configuration complete.
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February 8, 2011 11:35:14 PM

Thanks for the help everyone.
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February 8, 2011 11:36:19 PM

Best answer selected by santia368.
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