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By Nugget ·
I want to connect a few more computers to a network without spending too much money now as we may be going to fibre optic or wireless in the next year. How do I know what speed the network is running at?
Can I use the spare wires in cat5 cable to piggy back extra machines. Are there any other temporary solutions?
Any suggestions greatfully appreciated

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by zchris In reply to Network Speed

you could cascade your switches with hubs.

you need just a hub and a cross-cable.

if you want to know your speed you need to ping a machine on the "other side" (e.g. router, switch, server)

ping server.yourdomain.com -t -l 8192

(this means you'll ping with 8192 bytes (instead of 32) if the results are under 60 ms you have enough speed in your net.

hope this helpz

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by johntech In reply to Network Speed

Companies such as MITAC do splitter patch out cables.This use the extra cable sin CAT5.
Connect two hub outputs to 1 splitter then the splitter to connection to floorbox.At the floorbox coneect splitter and then attach 2 pc,s.

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by Nugget In reply to Network Speed

Thanks for the contribution, Zchris. I think you're on the right track. The network only uses one switch which handles the server and 15 closest computers, then there are three star points. One of those has three hubs daisy-chained to overcome 100metre rule and the number of computers. With that info, can you give me an exact idea of how to do it?

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by kesslerme In reply to Network Speed

If you are mixing technologies, 10 and 100 mb, you may want to optimize your cat 5 opportunity and run 100 if possible.

Secondly, some basic sniffing or NT monitoring should provide you some checks and balances at different parts of your network. Some network hardware may show collision information as well. This should not cost any cash and may provide some help.


MK

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