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I am looking to host a home LAN for 6 of my buddies (this includes myself).

I need to get everything including tables, cords, etc.

I was just wondering what type of 6-8 port gigabit switch would be the best one to get? I'm not really on a budget for the switch. I want a durable, long lasting, very high quality switch (I will be skimping on everything else ^_^).

Then I will get one long 100' CAT6 to plug into our FiOS router and probably 6 patch cables to plug into the switch from each computer.

I also need power strips, so I will probably be getting some $10 white surge protecting strips.

Of course I then need extension cables to run the power strips to different circuits in the house. Unfortunately, I will probably need 6 100' power strips, which aren't that cheap unless I have some laying around.

Does this look like everything should work out okay or will I have issues with the power or the network? Obviously we won't be downloading things excessively.

Also, does anyone have any suggestions for switches? What's the difference between a 6 port $200 Cisco small business gigabit switch and a $100 Linksys home gigabit switch and a $30 gigabit switch?

All help would be greatly appreciated!
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For the switch... I would look for a V1810g on ebay. Should be around the same price as the 6 port cisco, but it is a fully managed L2 switch with 8 or 24GB ports and you can do all kinds of fun with it if you ever have a full time network. Plus it has lifetime warranty (no joking). These go for about 150 and are fully capable managed switch. http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-HP-ProCurve-...item23125cc917

If you want to be a super boss, I would get this switch HP 1910 http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SEALED-JE005...item588c0e87c8 16 ports instead of 8, can host DHCP if you need it to, and has layer 3 (routing) capabilities for about 80 bucks more. It will support you well into the future if you decide to do virtualization or host larger parties. And you still get that lifetime warranty.

Also you will need at leasta 7Port switch because of the uplink to your FIOS router, so eh... you see where I am going.

Also, for LAN parties (since I host 1-3/year for 10-16 people), I would suggest the 6 or 4 ft power strips. They are much better at separating the power distribution and easier to access and less messy. These aren't the exact ones, but similar to what I use and fairly cheap http://www.frys.com/product/5960984?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

About the circuits... MAKE SURE you at least split it up over 2. I have burned out some wiring in my house on more than one occasion with 7 comps on the same one before (logistal error I will NEVER repeat again).

Costco has the 6ft lifestyle tables onsale every now and then, and they are awesome for just about anything you would ever want to do (parties, workbench, poker, etc), and some chairs. I would buy a couple of padded metal chairs and make people bring their own. It will be a way better experience if they do.

Anyways, let me know if you have any issues configuring the switch or anything else. Take care and good luck!
Edited by slavearm - 7/28/11 at 1:33pm
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