We just had one of our many 5-port network switches die on us and it took over a day to figure out what was causing our network problems. So now I have $200 to "fix" our network.
Our goal is a network that is less of a hassle to administer and that will operate more efficiently/faster that our current setup.
In the image below, from top to bottom we have:
- Intellinet - 5-Port 10/100 Switch.
- Netgear - 5-Port 10/100 Fast Switch (Model: FS605 v3).
- D-Link - 5-Port 10/100 Fast Switch (Model: DSS-5+).
- Linksys Wireless Broadband-G Router - 4 10/100 Ethernet Ports, 1 10/100 Internet Port. (Model: WRT54Gv6 w/ lastest firmware [v1.02.8]).
- Comcast cable modem: 4 10/100 BASE-TX RJ45 ports (Model: SMC8014-BIZ).
We have will Cat-5e cables running throughout (switches, walls, computers/printers, etc).
One upgrade we are considering is a D-Link DGS-1024D Unmanaged 24xRJ45 port 10/100/1000Mbps Unmanaged Rackmountable Switch. It will cost about $140 USD. My idea for the network configuration is outlined in the following image:
We have 1 file-server, 1 web-server (port 80), 10+ machines with windows XP pro, a few with vista home, 1 with windows 7, and 5 or so networked printers.
Will replacing our current setup with my proposed setup make any significant difference?
Let me know if you need more information.
If you want to suggest other ways to spend my $200 budget feel free to share.