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Help / Advice on Network Expansion

by jon356aaa / May 19, 2010 11:15 AM PDT

Hi,

I have run out of space on my WIRED network and need some advice on how to best increase capacity. Question is should I install a switch or a router with more ports? Iam most interested in Speed, Efficiency of packet exchange and lastly the price. The marketing and specs on routers and switches available have me a little confused on their purpose or multi purpose. ie: Layer 2, managed, unmananged etc.

My existing network consists of the following:
Cat 6 wired
DSL modem
8 port VPN router (not using the VPN currently, but may in the future)
1 wireless access point (for free roaming laptops (2))
2 wired computers
1 wired workstation
1 wired speciality plotter
1 wired speciality printer
1 wired multi purpose printer / scanner
1 wired multi media player
1 wired network attached storage device
Spare wired ethernet jacks throughout.

Notes:
All computers on the network (wired/wireless) require indepedant internet access and communication with the attached periferials. I also would like to stay mostly wired.

I have been looking at the cisco RV016-16 port 10/100 VPN router with Multi WAN. I have been thinking about adding a second WAN at some point.

Also, what about looping another 8 port router with my existing?

Thanks for any help and or suggestions.

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I'm a little confused.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2010 9:36 PM PDT

This issue is something the first year IT staff seems to solve with ease by adding a switched hub. It's cheap, no big investigation or research needed.

In fact, I'm going to shortchange you here with the one line answer.

"Add a switched hub."

If you can't do that I fear you may need to head back to class.
Bob

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Agree with Bob . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 19, 2010 10:33 PM PDT

Just add a switch, your choice on the number of ports. Adding a router to a router can be daunting and will not provide any useful benefits to a wired network.

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