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edit: Well, I got the Netgear ones.
I found a $20 Amazon Gift card I forgot I had and got them at Amazon. So it will be $80 - $25 in rebates.


OK, I have a little extra cash coming from my tax return and want to upgrade my home network to gigabit.

I need 2 switches to do this just because of the locations of the computers.
At least one of them needs to be a 8 port (will use 5 ports right off and want some room for expansion). It will go from the modem to my WRT54g with DD-WRT (yes, I know, it is a 10/100 router, but I like it and only have a netbook running off it with Wireless G so it works for that) then to the switches, everything will be plugged in to the switches, not the router.

I am thinking about the Netgear GS105 and GS108. I had a similar Netgear where I used to work and it had no issues in 3 years of heavy use, plus these Netgears have a lifetime warranty. It will be right at $75 for them both after rebates ($100 before).

I also am looking at the Trendnet TEG-S50G and TEG-S80G. The S50 only has a 1 year warranty though and the S80 has a 5 year. With the promo code on Trendnet, they are $65 shipped. The Trendnet are also one of the newer Green series, so will use less power (and create less heat?) than the Netgear.

Also saw this ASUS GX-D1081 for $35 shipped, but know nothing about it (it does have a 2 yr warranty).

The Trendnet setup is more of what I had in mind of spending, but I have no personal experience (and only the newegg reviews, and we know how some of those go). Is the Netgear really any better than the Trendnet? What about the quality of the Asus? Maybe the Netgear 5 port and the Asus 8 port ($65 AR)?

Below is what my network is and what I want it to be (colors are grouped by room they are in, red lines are drops I need to do)


Edited by blupupher - 2/2/11 at 7:19pm
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i would connect the 2 gigabit switches together

outlet -> modem -> wrt54gs -> vonage box and 5port 1g switch -> pcs and 8port 1g switch -> pcs and 100m switch -> pcs

this 5port 1g switch is $24.77 after code EMCKJHB23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156250

and an 8port 1g for $35 (after shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320047

edit: oops linked the stuff you already picked

trendnet stuff is pretty good and cheap
Edited by ffejrxx - 1/28/11 at 7:12am
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OP: If your router is only 10/100, then adding 2 gigabit switches is meaningless. The network will only run on your lowest running device, being the router.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=dir%20655

Awesome and cheap router. Gigabit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-140-_-Product

cheap, unmanaged switches. There is a five port available also. Check the 'Egg
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Quote:
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OP: If your router is only 10/100, then adding 2 gigabit switches is meaningless. The network will only run on your lowest running device, being the router.
FALSE

each link will be at the slowest of the two

1g pc + 1g hub = 1g
1g hub + 100m hub = 100m
1g hub + 1g hub = 1g
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Originally Posted by ffejrxx View Post
FALSE

each link will be at the slowest of the two

1g pc + 1g hub = 1g
1g hub + 100m hub = 100m
1g hub + 1g hub = 1g
As per his diagram, his 5 port and his 8 port will not communicate at gigabit. They are both connected to a 10/100 router.

Edit: His server, which is prolly where he stores all his music and movies will only pass a gigabit connection to his bedroom htpc and sig rig.
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Rather than connecting the 8 port gigabit switch to the router, it should be plugged into the 5 port gigabit swtich.

It's easy to see where you create the bottleneck.. just trace the path that is taken for each computer to talk to the server. You will see that the router shouldn't be the "central point" in your network. It should be one of the gigbit switches.

I agree with ffergxx.
    
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Like previously stated, your sig rig and server will be 1 gb to each other, and your wife's computer, HTPC, and kids computer will be 1 gig to each other. However, your wifes computer won't be 1 gb to the server, it will just be 100 mb.

Why the move to gigabit?

FYI, if you either got another switch to sit below the router (so the router plugs into it, and the gigabit switches plug into it) then you would be in much better shape connecting the HTPC to the server. Or upgrade the WRT54G to something like a WRT300N for $50 and it would have the same effect.
    
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thats why i said to do this


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Oops, forgot to change that in the diagram.

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Originally Posted by itcrashed View Post
Rather than connecting the 8 port gigabit switch to the router, it should be plugged into the 5 port gigabit swtich.

It's easy to see where you create the bottleneck.. just trace the path that is taken for each computer to talk to the server. You will see that the router shouldn't be the "central point" in your network. It should be one of the gigbit switches.

I agree with ffergxx.
My plan was always to go from the 5 port to the 8 port so everything was on the gigabit switches, having the 5 port switch as the "central point". Fixed the diagram.

edit: LOL, thanks ffejrxx, basically what I did.

As for why the move to Gigabit, well, 100 is doing OK for day to day use, but when I rip my movies, I do it on my sig rig, then transfer over to the server. That is almost 20 minutes sometimes. Also, when I do back up over the network, those take a while and slow the entire network down.

This thread is more about which equipment to get, not my setup (which is now shown correctly).
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Originally Posted by itcrashed View Post
Rather than connecting the 8 port gigabit switch to the router, it should be plugged into the 5 port gigabit swtich.

It's easy to see where you create the bottleneck.. just trace the path that is taken for each computer to talk to the server. You will see that the router shouldn't be the "central point" in your network. It should be one of the gigbit switches.

I agree with ffergxx.
I see where you're going, but this is on paper. Being able to hookup multiple switches to each other, then run the wiring throughout the house could become a roadblock. Wiring a switch located in a bedroom, to a switch in the basement, then back to the upstairs living room isn't convienent. I have a router and two switches in my house. Condo. It wasn't for the weak hearted to run wire from my upstairs office down through the floor, centered inside of a wall in my living room to place a jack. The finish setup and labor has to be practical. Adding a $60 gigabit router or run 200 feet of ethernet through all the walls, punching holes and spackling. Your choice.
    
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