From: Ken Guest (kwg at domain renre-europe.com)
Date: Fri 10 Aug 2001 - 13:12:32 IST
On 10 Aug 2001 09:47:20 +0100, Chris Higgins wrote:
> > Some comes to mind. I'm looking at setting up a couple of small computer
> > labs with a single server shared between two or more labs. Rather than
> > run each lab off a different NIC in the server, I'm thinking of a switch
> > at the server with each lab running off its own switch (cascaded off the
> > server switch). Is that horrible?
> Erm... it depends...
> > Do I lose any benefit of a 100Mb
> > network by going such a route? Would I be better off with 10Mb hubs?
> If you build the network as it is below, with no intelligence, then it
> can be horrible. What you have in effect is one large LAN (albeit switched).
> Any broadcast packets from one machine goes to *every* port on that network.
> Which (if you have a large number of machines) can cause loads of problems.
This is more out of sheer curiosity itself, rather than anything work
related (and would be overkill regarding a HAN no doubt), but are there
any docs out 'there'  on proper network design?
 - on the net
 - as opposed to just buying some cat5,a hub etc and hoping for the
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