Bernard-Joseph Roche wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>> I am looking to buy a network switch for home. 24 ports needed but I
> might spring for the 48. It is mainly to connect the various devices
> in each room (computers, servers, printers, ps3 etc) but would like to
> buy something that will do me for the next 3-5 years. Any
We could use some information on what you're doing now as well as in 3-5
years in order to provide a recommendation. It may also be useful to
know just how much physical space "home" covers; 1gbps ethernet is
cleared on normal Cat5e or cat6 for only around 100 meters. I ask
because someone else who asked me elsewhere didn't mention that his
"home" was a compound of 4 buildings, spanning a rectangle around 45
meters by 80 meters. Home-run (e.g. all hosts go direct to a switch)
1gbps would not have maintained signal integrity with just 1 switch.
> I had been thinking of running a small VOIP at home, is this something
> I should be factoring into the switch purchase? Are there any features
> that are a must?
If small is < 10 phones (i.o.w. < 10 locally-terminating calls at once)
in the absence of any other activity, you'll get by with 100mbps easy
without bothering with QoS. A consumer-grade switch may fit your needs
in a case like this.
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