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Switch or Hub?

By bobrace ·
I have a room that has a network jack (100baseT) on the wall which is hooked to a patch panel and can be connected to our hub. There is no PC currently connected to it. I will be putting four PCs in this room. My question is should I use a switchor a hub for this workgroup? I thought if I used a switch this would provide better bandwidth. Or should I just use a hub and connect the hub to the jack because it's still just going through another hub? Orrrr, Should I just have our cable company come in and pull three more connections directly to this room?

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by adasys In reply to Switch or Hub?

You have two options, you can put another hub on this room and cascade to the hub via the network jack. Switch is out of the question if you only put 3 stations. You have to look on the cost if heaving a 3 cable or having another hub. for hub have have the ability to expand your segment from this room... hope this will help.

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by dcassat In reply to Switch or Hub?

Install a 100baseT hub. A switch will offer no advantage in such a small workgroup. Pulling three runs of cable will likely cost more than a hub.

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by kevin In reply to Switch or Hub?

Here are the things that I would look at:

1. Are the users in the room generating a lot of network traffic?
2. Is having a switch/hub going to cause any other problems? (i.e. breaking the Rules of Ethernet)
3. Are there ports available in the MDF/IDF for 3 more computers?

If I were faced with this situation I would have the cable company come in and pull 3 more runs. By doing this you eliminate potential problems. Somebody kicking the power cord to the hub/switch, breaking the rules of Ethernet, and hardware failure. I have seen places where they have 1 run to hub and the power cord on that hub has been kicked out many times causing lots of headaches. If pulling the additional 3 runs is out of the question then it is just amater of how much you want to spend for the switch or hub. Unmanaged switches are relatively inexpensive hubs are cheaper. If the machines are doing anything file intensive on the network then I would opt to pay a little more for the switch.

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by rwilliamssj In reply to Switch or Hub?

You do not say if these are Graphics based or Text based systems.
If Graphics (Multimedia) go with the three cables.
If Text based (Word processing or Spreadsheats) go with the Hub.

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by mis In reply to Switch or Hub?

As I understand it, you need to also consider the number of hops the path takes to get to your wall plate. If your signal has already had to negotiate a couple of hubs on its way to your room, you might need a switch. Or if there is going to be a lot of local traffic, a switch would help filter that out of the rest of your lan.

Assuming you don't need this, I'd suggest a hub as the simplest, most scalable solution. If you run more cables today, I guarantee that next week you'll wish you had 'just one more' connection. A 100mbs connection should be plenty fast for a 4 user workgroup. Just locate the hub and its power cord somewhere away from traffic. You can even screw the power plug to the wall plate and mount the hub to the underside of a desk. What the other guy said is right: If someone CAN kick, vacuum, trip over, or otherwise disconnect the power cable, they WILL.

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