How best to fix networking issues with speed

January 26, 2011 at 11:15:21
Specs: Windows SBS 2003
I have a relatively small network, consiting of an SBS 2003 server and about 20 PCs.
The building is long with two floors.
The setup is as follows:
The server sits at the south end of the top floor. It connects to a big switch about 30 feet away. This switch connects a bunch of PCs, but a cable connects this switch to a small switch at the north end of the building, from which all PCs there and downstairs connect.
These PCs have an extremely slow connection.
I'm not sure if my problem lies with cabling, or the switch, or whatever else may be affecting it.
I'm looking for some advice on how to test to pinpoint the problem.
I've been researching, but googling turns up a lot of software to purchase - which I don't mind doing - but I can't sort out the crap from the good ones... I'm hoping someone will suggest something they use with a similar setup.

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January 26, 2011 at 11:21:09
Get spiceworks up and running on that server take inventory and a network health check. Are you using a domain? Are you using DNS on all computers and are you using DHCP? On a 20 comp network static IP's may be the answer. What type of connection do you have(Cable,DSL, T1)?

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