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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by CHiLLaXen, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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    Ok, this is my first time creating a Server this big (atleast to me it is :nervous:.) It has a File Server (Local network only), firewall, Internet, etc. I have a image of the layout and want to know if this is correct? I have all the hardware already.
     

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  2. celticfan11

    celticfan11 Moderator

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    you may want to remove the hub and buy a 4 port switch/router/firewall if this is for home Other then that it will work.
     
  3. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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    Sorry for the bad image :dead: The house will have 6 computers on at a time, plus the Laptops. I only have a 4 port router. Will the Hub not work at all? Should I connect eth1 to Router then connect the hub to that?
     
  4. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    Hubs are a thing of the past, will it work? YES

    HOWEVER, not without performance issues.

    A little networking 101:

    a Hub and switch are basically the same thing with one MAJOR exception...

    A HUB is a "dumb" device... it doesnt care who is "supposed" to recieve what packet, it sends the same information to ALL ports, forcing every computer on the hub to wade through all the information NOT intended for itself...

    Basically a load of garbage traffic congests the network slowing performance, ESPECIALLY if you do alot of file transfers from one PC to another...

    A SWITCH on the other hand, uses the MAC address of each specific NIC on that node to determine "WHO" (what PC) the packet is meant to goto.

    So, in short, its much better to goto eBay or Amazon and buy a 6 or 8 port switch and avoid all the extra traffic on your network..

    cheers... hope this helps, and makes sense to you...

    Mike A!
     
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  5. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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    Thanks, that helped me a bunch! Time to go buy a switch :)
     
  6. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    mla that was a good description.
     
  7. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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    I was looking at some switches and they show 4 extra ports, eg. I saw a 24 port one with extra 4 ports labled: 21, 22, 23, 24. Then had LEDS with a labels: 2X is in use (X for number 1-4). What are those?
     
  8. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    do you have a link?

    a 24 port switch should actually have 25 ports...

    24 active ports and an uplink port, depending on manufacturer...
     
  9. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    some actually just have 24 ports with the first being able to uplink as well in the settings.
     
  10. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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  11. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    OK NOW it makes sense..

    If you look closely, you will see the GBIC connectors (the small sqaure ones to the right of the last set of ethernet connections) THey SHARE the last four connections, and what you are seeing is the showing of that same thing.

    EDIT: When I was typing this you had not found the answer... LOL!

    You could use that, but I would use something smaller...

    I will see what I can dig up

    :D
     
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  12. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...48-2220&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&CMP=OTC-GOOGLEBASE

    Something like this maybe...

    I was hoping for something much cheaper however...

    http://www.smarthome.com/8651118.html

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=380673&CatId=867

    Never heard of these guys but for $44.00 you can’t go wrong.

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=93820&WT.mc_n=4&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=GOOGLE&cm_pla=DATAFEED->PRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=4

    HERE is what I was thinking of… more ports than you have computers, and half the price I found earlier…

    Or another even cheaper one… I amaze myself…
    http://sewelldirect.com/ethernetlanswitchinghub8port.asp

    and one more:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B9HO/ref=nosim/102-8455687-9845711?n=172282

    If you cant choose one from this list… something is seriously wrong

    J

    Mike A!

     
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  13. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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    wow, thanks for all the links! :up::D