Can Multiple routers congest or crash network

November 29, 2011 at 06:31:55
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40 wired rooms, With 3 routers or more plugged into rooms,can these routers congest network or crash it.

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#1
November 29, 2011 at 07:17:21
Why do you need 3 routers?

Unless you have a specific need for more than one router (ie: multiple separate subnets) then you should be using a single router and a single switch. Or, multiple switches if necessary (ie: physically extend network beyond the limits of a single network cables maximum segment length).

The preferred method would be one router combined with one switch that has enough ports to support all present clients and a few extra's for future growth.

As to congestion and crashing. they shouldn't if they're configured and interconnected properly.

Before going any further, you should tell me what you're doing and why you think you need more than one router and I can help you better.

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#2
December 1, 2011 at 07:33:23
I agree. If the routers are connected and configured properly, they will not congest or crash the network.

However, unmanaged switches or some routers can congest and crash your network if wired incorrectly. For instance, if they are connected in such a way that a loop is caused (such as connecting one port to another on the same switch), then they will bring down your network in no time.

Also, I've found certain routers, such as TP link routers, to cause network congestion when "wireless bridge" is turned on.

Make sure this isn't true in any of your rooms or on any routers.

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#3
December 1, 2011 at 08:37:47
Thanks. This makes sense
We have one main router which is connected to 2- 24 port switches. Some residents have their own routers in rooms this allows them to use wireless,printers/devices.

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#4
December 1, 2011 at 09:36:53
Some residents have their own routers in rooms this allows them to use wireless,printers/devices.

Ok, I understand now.

This shouldn't be a problem at all. It's not really any different than you connecting a SOHO Router to your internet connection at home. Your ISP has a network that supports multiple clients and most of them, if not all, have their own routers.

I asked because if this is all one network and it's big enough you require multiple subnets then the setup is a little trickier from an administrative end of things.

Since you don't require access to the networks of the people putting their own router's in place, all they have to do is connect their router's WAN port to your network and they should be up and running.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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