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How many switches do i need to connect 50 computers with 8 ports on each switch

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February 17, 2013 5:17:52 PM

I have a total of 82 networking devices, there are two areas where clusters of computers will outnumber the wall jacks in close physical proximity, I need to use economical, desktop switches, I need to know how many, what kind, and at what price, thank you so much
February 17, 2013 6:10:22 PM

You lose one port on each for its network connection, so if you use 8 port you have 7 available -- to connect 50 devices you would need 8.

Look at bigger switches, the 16 or 24 port are pretty reasonable. You could get by with 2 24 port and an 8 port.

If you want consumer grade unmanaged switches look at TPLINK and Trendnet, they work as well as other inexpensive brands.

Do you need gigabit or just Fast Ethernet (100Mpbs)? Personally, I would lean toward spending the extra and getting gigabit -- the inexpensive 24 port Fast Ethernet are around $50-60, while the gigabit are around $120 each.
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February 17, 2013 8:24:26 PM

how many wall jacks and devices in each of the two areas?

what is the main use of the devices? office, surveillance, gaming, streaming?

why 8 port switches?
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