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By bottomsup ·
hello all,
i am inquiring if any of you network geniouses could help me out. i have a dsl connection with a switch connected that branches my connection out to fifteen pc's around the station. i just receive the okay to purchase five for laptops now my question is how do i go about connecting these pc's to the net via our network. do i buy another switch and connect it to my current swithc or do connect a hub or do i have my dsl split down the middle. i have never had to connect more than one switch, which is my best scenario that wont inhibit my upload/download speed?
thanks once again,
comp. analyst.

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by haoviet In reply to Networking Internet Conne ...

If you don't need logically divide your LAN into subnets, then connect the second switch/hub with the first one using uplink port.

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by eBob In reply to Networking Internet Conne ...

First things first: If you add more active users to your network, you will be dividing up your Internet connection among more users. Each piece will be "smaller". Therefore there is a likelihood that there MAY be a noticeable impact to the other users.

OK.

Do you have any empty ports on your current switch? Assuming not, you can get another switch (might as well stick with the same brand/model). Some switches are "stackable". This is not a physical thing, but it means you can cable 2 or more untis together so they appear to your network as one larger switch. This is the way to go if you have a choice. Some other switches use an "uplink" port which is almost as good.

You can also, arguably, simply run either a cross-over or roll-over cable (I always forget which) between plain Ethernet ports to connect them. I don't recommend this sort of cascding switch approach, unless you're desparate.

If your DSL router has more than one LAN port (and assuming that your existing switch is also not your DSL router), then you can simply plug each of your switches into your router. If your current switch is also your DSL router, then you should look for a stackable extension (check out the manufacturer's website).

Of course, you'llneed to run cables to the desks, and install NICs in the laptops and all of the usual stuff.

Hope that helps.

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