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What are GOOD specs for a switch that will be used for a lan party. Nothing big, the most computers we will have is probably 10-15.
but I need to know what to look for. I will be buying it used from either ebay or craigslist and I really have no idea what to look for as far as uplink speeds and such.

I dont need to know what the best top of line switch would be for gaming, as I am on a budget and will be buying it used from someone.
so give me basic guidelines on what to look for...

Thank you!
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if you will be playing on an oline server, you will no doubt need a gigabit switch... but if you're creating a local server, regular 100mbit will be suffice

Linkies:
8 port Netgear gigabit switch-$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122141
16 port Netgear 100mbs -$61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122004

Both require a router to assign IP adresses... all switches do

The 8 port one is gigabit, and will have more bandwith, but the reg 100mbz will still get the job done.

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NetGear 16 Port Gigabit Switch

Yah, it is expensive. You really should go gigabit over 10/100. Why do I say that? No, I don't work for NetGear. When you are talking an interacitve situation with many computers, the less lag time, the better the result. Plus, should you need to transfer files, game patches and such, the Gigabit will save time.

Higgins - I have used a switch without a router. Our LAN did not need to connect to the internet, so it worked fine for us. Having said that, even if you have an internet connection going from the modem to the switch, it still works, in my expierence.
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thanks!
I have found a 24 port 10/100 switch for REALLY CHEAP so im gonna go with that. If I had more money I would definately go gigabit.
but on top of that we wont be playing online. just lan.
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