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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Sun 13-Dec-15 22:16:00
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Daisy-Chaining a 5 port and 8 port switche


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I have a 5 port Netgear gigabit switch and need to add capacity so I'm considering getting an 8 port switch to replace it which will serve my needs, but in the event that I end up needing more ports, I can daisy-chain the 5 port switch with the 8 port switch, but I understand that performance will suffer as the cable linking both switches will create a bottleneck. But can I get around that by connecting each switch to separate ports of my router (a Bipac 7800n)? Or am I better off just getting a 16 port switch which will probably provide for my needs forever?

Oh, any recommendations for a switch? I've been looking at Netgear and TP-Link but I see the reviews on TP-Link switches aren't that glowing, and Cisco is just very expensive.

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Standard User rogerfp
(member) Sun 13-Dec-15 23:24:38
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Re: Daisy-Chaining a 5 port and 8 port switche


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I prefer metal cased switches which improve heat dissipation. Plastic cases feel a bit cheap whatever the make.
I've been using 5 of the TRENDnet TEG-S82g 8-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switches from Amazon for around £26 and have found them to be reliable and very fast, reaching well over 100+ MB/s on occasions, which is not far off the theoretical unobtainable maximum of 125 MB/s. Of course speed does depend on many variables, but there certainly isn't any bottleneck on the switches that are daisy chained. They also do a 16 port version for £65. The 5/8 port have Ethernet and power ports at the back and LEDs at the front which I prefer. But the 16/24 port versions have Ethernet and LEDs at front, power at the back, which is more suited to rack mounting. Not very practical for home use. Hope this helps.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Sun 13-Dec-15 23:44:49
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Yes you could daisy chain and there might be a bottle neck - however if both are Gbit capable - is that an issue and how often would that happen?

Yes, connecting both to the router would also work - that moves the potential bottle neck into the router and you could have a lot of traffic going through there.

Personally, I would go down the third route - a 16 port (or even 24 port) switch.

I invested in a Managed Linksys 2024 several years back and it is still going strong!


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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 14-Dec-15 09:25:44
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Thanks. I've never thought of looking at TrendNET stuff, I'll check it out.
Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 14-Dec-15 09:29:23
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In reply to a post by MHC:
Yes you could daisy chain and there might be a bottle neck - however if both are Gbit capable - is that an issue and how often would that happen?

Yes, connecting both to the router would also work - that moves the potential bottle neck into the router and you could have a lot of traffic going through there.

Personally, I would go down the third route - a 16 port (or even 24 port) switch.

I invested in a Managed Linksys 2024 several years back and it is still going strong!

I did think about getting a 16 port switch, I could then just connect all 14 network points in the house to the switch rather than having to mess around with the patch cables everytime a device gets moved to another room/another network point.

However cost put me off but then I thought about trying eBay for a quality 16 port switch.
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Mon 14-Dec-15 09:35:00
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Have a look on ebay for an SRW2024 - there are a few used ones on there.


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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 14-Dec-15 09:59:20
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In reply to a post by MHC:
Have a look on ebay for an SRW2024 - there are a few used ones on there.
Thanks. Interesting recommendation though, apparently the web-based management console for those switches only works with Internet Explorer 6 or IE in compatibility mode.
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Mon 14-Dec-15 10:04:49
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I use FireFox with the IE Tab2 Add-on and can access my switch console.


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