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Need help moving from 48 -> 2-24 switch

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by lwoods, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. lwoods

    lwoods Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a 48-port switch that is connected to a Linksys wireless router. I have 28 computers connected to the switch. I need to replace the 48 and I would like to move to 2-24 port switches but I am not a "network guy" so I don't know how to do this. By that I mean do I have to have a 2-port switch(?) between the router and the 2-24's, or do I "daisy chain" the switches,.....or what?

    Thanks for any advice
     
  2. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    Ok so there are a couple of ways to do this, the easiest would be to simply have each switch with 1 port running to the router, it would essentially be like you previously had it. Plan B would be like you mentioned and daisy chain the switches, Depending on the switch, they can automatically detect an "Upload or a Trunk" port whereas other switches have a pre-defined couple of ports for this task (usually the first or last ports) but most newer switches can allow you to hook into any of the ports
     
  3. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    As jgutz20 said... You can either plug half the computers into each switch, then plug each switch into the router... Or you can go from router, to switch, to next switch...

    It really depends on what switches you buy... The basic unmanaged dumb switches all ports are usually the same. Most have auto crossover so you don't have worry about special cables. *Sometimes* they will label an "uplink" port, but that is usually only on managed switches. A managed switch has an interface, either via serial console or web interface. It allows for various configuring and such, but in this case it sounds like you probably don't need it, and since they cost a heck of a lot more... ;)
     

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