Multiple Switches

April 10, 2009 at 12:41:15
Specs: Windows 2000
Can you have multiple switches on a home network? I started having problems when I ran another switch off my original switch. My first switch hooks up to my sbc dsl router and I have multiple computers that access the internet through that switch. I needed internet access in another building so I ran a cat5e line out to another switch which is hooked up to two computer and a printer server. The internet access is okay, but I am having problems printing. I can only print once and then I have to restart the computer. I am doing something wrong?

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April 10, 2009 at 13:54:36
What is the printer, USB or ethernet?

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April 10, 2009 at 15:20:01
"I needed internet access in another building so I ran a cat5e line "

How far was this line?
Did you do the ends or were they professionally done?
Do either of these switches have a uplink port?
Do either switch support mdi/mdix?

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April 11, 2009 at 10:51:13
Both printers are parallel port running off a 3 port printer server. Printing works fine when it's plugged directly into my laptop, but when I try hooking everything through the 2nd switch, I start having printing issues. I don't believe either switch has a uplink. The cat5e line that runs to the building is about 150'. I did the ends of the cat5e cables.

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April 11, 2009 at 17:06:32
You are within the space limit for ethernet cable.

Does either switch support mdi/mdix [does not matter the cable xover or straight]?

if not did you wire it as crossover? You must have a crossover to connect two switches if they don't have a uplink [which does the crossover for you].

yet you report only printing is an issue.

How are you doing your ip addressing? Static or dhcp?

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