So... 13x$20=$260. Dell sells unmanaged switches starting at $50 (
http://www.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/networking?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd).
You can afford to have a backup and still be able to waste the rest taking
the team to the local steakhouse.

On 10/26/06, Burns, Bryan <Bryan_Burns@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

My thoughts exactly.  "But we'll have two spares", I heard.

Bryan

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From: pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On
Behalf Of Mike
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 11:06 AM
To: PC Technical Discussion for iSeries Users
Subject: Re: [PCTECH] Ethernet cabling and switches


Would you honestly trust a $20 port for a obviously mission-critical
system?
Go with the full 24 port switch. Consumer-grade is reliable, but
business-grade is more so.

On 10/26/06, Burns, Bryan <Bryan_Burns@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> What's the best practice with respect to Ethernet cabling and
> switches?  At what point do you cable a homerun instead of switch, upon
> switch, upon switch?
>
> We'll soon be adding one thin client and one Zebra label printer to 11
> final assembly lines and we need to run network drops.  The printers
will be
> a critical component of the assembly lines;  if a printer is not
working,
> the entire assembly line will shutdown. It's been suggested that we buy
some
> cheapo $20 four port switches and put them at each line and use an
existing
> drop to connect the switch.
>
> The alternative is to run two home run Ethernet cables from a switch
> cabinet located on a post in the assembly area to each assembly line.
But
> we'll have to buy a 24 port switch and add a patch panel panel.
>
>

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