will gigabit switch help?

September 27, 2009 at 07:42:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have a gigabit switch that connects my servers and connects to a second 10/100 switch that connects from the gb switch to 10/100 NIC client computers. I need to replace this second switch and want to know if a gigabit switch will be a benefit since the connection between the switches will be gigabit, or will everything still run at the slower speed?

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#1
September 27, 2009 at 07:56:27
Yes it will, If the source and destination are 10/100 you are not going to miraculously speed things up in between.

Any network configuration is only as fast as the slowest link.

Stuart


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#2
September 27, 2009 at 08:02:15
Servers an switches are 1000, will it improve the "bottleneck"
between the switches?

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#3
September 27, 2009 at 08:08:04
But a gigabit switch has a faster backplane, so that, on high access of the network, each connected pc can access the network at it's maximum speed of 100 mbit, where a 100 mbit switch may reduce the network speed to e.g. 50 mbit for each pc on heavy access of the network.

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#4
September 27, 2009 at 20:41:34
It is not a matter of the slowest link affects the entire network. The gig pipe between the new switch and the existing backbone gig switch will add a huge improvement to 100mb pc to server access.

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