I haven't had switches go bad on me whether small or large, so I think it's a moot point. One that's more important is length of run: the longest you can run for Cat 5 is 100 meters between points. Having the mini-switches also gives you more flexibility for expansion if that's a possibility. Is there a lot of electrical noise in the area? A long run would be highly susceptible, whereas mini-switches along the way would help to keep the signal clearer.


Burns, Bryan wrote:
My thoughts exactly.  "But we'll have two spares", I heard.

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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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