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We're building a network at our business with thin-clients. I need to know what hardware to buy to put it all together

I want it to be gigabit cabable, but I'm kindof sketchy on the switch/router situation...I just need for the server (which will be using dhcp) to be able to connect to the thin-clients. So...if I just get a switch will I be able to hook everything up and be happy? Or do I need a router too??? There will be no need internet access.

Oh and please recommend some good switches and/or routers; I will have 1 server, and 3 or 4 clients.
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We're building a network at our business with thin-clients. I need to know what hardware to buy to put it all together

I want it to be gigabit cabable, but I'm kindof sketchy on the switch/router situation...I just need for the server (which will be using dhcp) to be able to connect to the thin-clients. So...if I just get a switch will I be able to hook everything up and be happy? Or do I need a router too??? There will be no need internet access.

Oh and please recommend some good switches and/or routers; I will have 1 server, and 3 or 4 clients.
I'm kind of befuddled by this....
1) you're very thin on details
2) it doesn't seem like the network is very well planned out
3) you want full gigabit??

Gigabit is ALMOST NEVER used on an enterprise level except for segment connnections. Running full gigabit to a workstation is almost completely useless and incredibly expensive.

If you only plan on using 3-4 client then why are you looking for a router\\switch? Simply get a server with 5 gigabit ports build into it and direct connect your workstations to it.
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I'm kind of befuddled by this....
1) you're very thin on details
2) it doesn't seem like the network is very well planned out
3) you want full gigabit??

Gigabit is ALMOST NEVER used on an enterprise level except for segment connnections. Running full gigabit to a workstation is almost completely useless and incredibly expensive.

If you only plan on using 3-4 client then why are you looking for a routerswitch? Simply get a server with 5 gigabit ports build into it and direct connect your workstations to it.
My server doesn't have that many ports. We don't have enough money to buy a fancy one, so we're building a quad core desktop with a regular motherboard. I will need a router/switch for this.

So no gigabit? I was just worried because it's recommended to have gigabit for thin-clients because they depend on the network (they're diskless and use the server's proc primarily).

I'm new to setting up networks so I'll need a little help with the basics first. Sorry if I was being to vague, just ask for more detail.
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What it your budget ? You will need the router to hand out the ip's for dchp,and the switch will help extend/segment your network.
 
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What it your budget ? You will need the router to hand out the ip's for dchp,and the switch will help extend/segment your network.
My server is doing the dhcp, so I should only need a switch right?
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My server is doing the dhcp, so I should only need a switch right?
Yes sir.
 
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Yes sir.
Good.

So I can go out and buy a switch and cable and I will be able to use my network? Just making sure.

Would one of these switches be a good choice? Any recommendations?
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I'd reccomend you getting a switch with a gigabit network port. This will give you gigabit to the server (if you install a gigabit card). This should help with the thin clients since each of them would have 100mbps access to the server, instead of all of them havign 100mbps access to the switch, which only has 100mbps access to the server.
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Sorry to get back to you so late(wife),but your diagram will work just fine. Also I agree with hatesfury you really don't need gigabit per say, but if in the future you need more throughput it will keep you from having to upgrade. But if those switches you choose are in your budget then they will more than do the job. I missed reading that you didn't need internet access--no router needed(sorry). And Good Luck with your NW,let us know how things go.
 
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