I'm adding a wired network to our small office. We have about 10 employees but may double to 20 in the next 6 months.
We have a PC Engine APU router with three ports:
Port 1: Uplink
Port 2: Unifi Access Point
Port 3: Empty
I'm considering the following:
1) Plugging a 24 port gigabit speed switch into the APU and running cables from all hosts to the switch.
2) Plugging a 12 or 24 port gigabit speed switch into the APU and connecting smaller 4 or 8 port switches to the main switch. Then each host would either connect to one of the smaller switches or to the main switch depending on whats easier to cable.
1) Is option #2 bad in terms of performance? If we need more ports in the future can I scale it out by adding more smaller switches to the main switch with this strategy?
2) If I go with option 1, how do I scale it out if we need more ports in the future? Can I simply plug another 12 or 24 port switch into the main one and double my number of ports?
3) I'm leaning towards a 24 port unmanaged switch. Should we just suck up the cost and go for a managed switch now, given that we expect to grow?