|We really need, above all, reliability in our small office.|
We will be updating some equipment soon and I'd like to get the best combination for Simplicity but (most importantly) RELIABILITY.
Currently Setup Is:
In Wiring Closet: DSL Modem >> Cisco 4port w/ Wifi Router >> 8port Switch
Throughout Office: PC1 direct to 8port; PC2 direct to 8port; PC3 direct to 8port; PC4 and NW printer to 4port switch, then to 8port; PC5, PC6, and NW printer to a different 4port, then to 8port.
(basically, the office has a couple of secondary 4port switches due to a lack of cable runs)
Also Note: The Cisco 4port wifi Router has the DVR PC attached to 1 of its ports.
QUESTION: When the equipment is upgraded....is it more Reliable to have the Router and Switch in the Wiring Closet completely Separate (3 devices) or to get a Router with MORE ports (like a 16port Router)...therefore only having 2 devices (modem and router) ?
The primary network app is SQL based..and we do have a dedicated server for the SQL DB.
Thanks very much.
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