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Stupid question on switches

By inmedia48 ·
I think I know the answer already but would like some feedback.
I have a client with a network of about 35 workstaions in a single domain one physical location.
The network has three Netgear switches(two FS116's and one FS108)that are linked togeather in a series (port 16 on switch one connected to port 1 on switch 2; port 8 on switch 2 connected to port 1 on switch 3). There are NO stacking ports on any of the switches.
This is all wrong! Right? Any traffic on the network sets the lights a flashing.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Stupid question on switch ...

These switches have a “Switch-selectable uplink port”. There should be something on the back of switch that enables or disables this feature.

Maxwell

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by maxwell edison In reply to Stupid question on switch ...

Actually, that feature is a built in one.

In the absence of a dedicated uplink port, one (or more) of the ports could be used for the uplink. The manual should tell you which one.

Maxwell

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by Jose Mir In reply to Stupid question on switch ...

The Netgear FS116 & FA108 are desktop switches (or workgroup switches, or small switches, you name them as you like), which doesn't provide uplink port. That means that all the users conected to the same unit that the server (or servers) will have higher bandwith that the ones conected to the other switches. This is because you are using only one port in the main switch (the one that has the server) to connect all the other users in the other switches. And not only that; if your server (or servers) is conected to the FA116, the users of the second FS108 will fight for the bandwith to conect to the first FS108; and then all togheter must fight agains the users of thi first FS108.
Maybe the kind of use the network has is not very heavy; butI think that if you have a 35 workstations LAN, you should think about using beter and most appropiated comunication devices (for example stackable swiches; and if you want to be covered maybe you should evaluate server downlinks of gigabit-ethernet).

Jose P. Mir

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by Integrity In reply to Stupid question on switch ...

Most switches have a dediacted Uplink interface to connect multiple switches together.
If a switch does not have a dedicated Uplink interface then any other interface can be used, however you do not connect two interfaces together with an ordinary CAT5 (assuming you are using CAT5) cable, you need CAT5 uplink cable (not sure of the exact name but its basically a CAT5 cable with the twisted pairs crossed over).

If you use a normal CAT5 for this your lights will go daft, try to get hold of anuplink CAT5 cable then it will work.

Hope this helps.

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by TechKid In reply to Stupid question on switch ...

I agree with the above answers.

The cable the above answer is referring to is called a cross-connect cable or a crossover cable. Either, or.

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by inmedia48 In reply to Stupid question on switch ...

Do you really know these switches? I agree with the answer that says these switches are being used incorectl, though I can't seem to find any documentation on these switches to verify it. Are stackable swiches what is necessary? They cost more than twice as much so there must be some benefit.

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