I have zero experience with managed switches and want to make sure I understand how I need to proceed with our upgrade. I have been doing a ton of research and reading trying to get up to speed. I have learned a lot but there is nothing like getting advice and instruction from the experts.
We currently have 3 powerconnect 2342 10/100 unmanged switches located in three separate closets. The links between the closets are fiber. We are currently using AT-102XL Fast Ethernet Media Converters, but are going to upgrade to AT-1004 Gigabit converters. We are running out of ports on all our 2342 switches, so we figured we may as well go ahead and try to upgrade our Network speed while we add new switches. See proposed new layout network diagram below, (if this is the best way to do it). We are going to keep the existing 2342 switches in place and only connect units or devices to them that are not bandwidth intensive if you will, and we will move everything else up to the new 5424 switches. Here are the questions I have.
- Do the 5424 switches need any special configuration on the ports to inter-connect them together, such as trunking, lags, etc..
- Do I just configure all 3 of the 5424 switches as VLAN1 general ports.
- Is connecting the 2342's to the 5424's with a single ethernet cable port to port going to be alright.
Any, advice, help, or instruction will be greatly appreciated.