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By traccount ·
We need to tie in a new building with about 5 connections to an existing network using a switch (SW5).

A cost effective way to do this would be to connect to the furthest switch via fiber. However, this would create 4 switches "daisy chained" together.
And a single point of failure

In order to bring it to a star (for only 5 more computers) we would need to buy an additional switch, more fiber ports ($$$), and stack the main Switch (cutting the backplain from 2.1gb to 1gb).

the design looks like this: (all hubs and switches are populated Switch3 has only 3 computers and switch5 will have @ 5)

Hub1--->|SWITCH--|<---Switch4
Hub2--->|___1____|<---Switch2<--Switch3(<--SW5?)


Would it be worth the extra money to bring the new switch back to Switch1 for fault tolerance or can I get away with dasiy-chaining to Switch3 for only 5 more connections?

Thanks for any input.

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I believe you would be safe but -

by JimHM In reply to Network Design

What is important to your organization - what cost and productivity outage would a failure cost the company? You may want to do a risk analysis of for failure at that point.

This could justify the extra dollars for the additional switch and build redundancy into the network.

But only adding an additional 5 ports isn't going to impact the switch - Your problem is risk analysis of the single point of failure. (Does that switch have reducdancy at all - power or anything??)

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