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By mike.peck ·
I have a 45 node NT Server 4.0 network. At times the network traffic seriously slows the network. At the present time I am using 10 Mbs hubs. Would I be better off replacing the hubs with 100 Mbs hubs or changing over to switches. Cost is a consideration and switches seem to be more expensive. Most of the workstations and all of the servers have 10/100 mbs NICs.
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by dft3 In reply to Hubs vs. Switches

You would certainly be better off replacing the 10 mb hubs with 100 mb hubs. What you have to understand is that a hub splits the bandwidth equally across all of the nodes that are connected to it, so if you use a 100 mg hub instead of 10 mg, the users would benefit from 10 times more bandwidth than they currently have. Also, since the users already have 10/100 mb NICS in their workstations, you would have to upgrade them.

Ideally, you would want to use switches since the users would havetheir own dedicated port at whatever speed you go with (10 or 100 mb). Switches do not split the bandwidth among each node the way hubs do, so the users would have a dedicated 10 mb or 100 mb connection minus a little overhead for the switch itself and the graphical user interface that NT uses.

If cost is a real issue, the 100 mb hub would be a definitely step up, but if you can afford it, definitely go with the switch solution.

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by isys In reply to Hubs vs. Switches

Unless you have a specific need, remove other protocols and run exclusive IP.

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by Aaron V In reply to Hubs vs. Switches

As indicated, if cost is an issue, get 1 switch, hook up your server(s) directly to it, and cascade to your 10 MB and 100 MB hubs.

This will allow you higher available bandwidth, lower overall cost (as opposed to a fully switched environment), and a clear upgrade path as more funds become available.

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by leo.valmores In reply to Hubs vs. Switches

I go with Answer 3.

Also it is likewise important to check your existing cabling, whether or not they are of CAT 5 or CAT 3 specs.

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by gregc In reply to Hubs vs. Switches

If you have 45 nodes all you would need to do is buy one 10/100 switch. Plug all the servers and power users straight into the switch. Plug all the 10mb hubs into the 10/100mb switch ports using crossover cables or crossover ports. This should increase your bandwidth and later you could replace the 10mb hubs with 10/100 hubs. Set up full duplex on all the ports on the switch and any devices that connect to the switch. You should be good to go!!


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