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Multiple switches

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Maegrace, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. Maegrace

    Maegrace Thread Starter

    Jan 16, 2013
    Hi, wanted to put this out there to gt some secon opinions before we go in a tech meeting shortly. Firstly, I'm not a data technician so my apologies if I get anything wrong here or make it confusing in any way. We create energy control systems for commercial customers and have recently invented a control system to allow our guys to control one individual device at once over an addressable network, we're just in the process of deciding how to send messages to each individual device and struggling. I'm a spark by trade so the only thing I know much about is wiring, and that's we're the trouble lies, we have nine hundred Ethernet relays connecting to one computer; the relays are spread over three floors and simply recieve a small data packets telling them to turn on or off (so the data levels are pretty small throughout the network) but tech developers are saying that each device needs to be wired in cat5 back to the server. I wanted to develop a device that incorporated a small three port Ethernet switch so that we could daisy chain up tp 50 devices back to a larger switch and then back up to a network drive on the server. So we would end up with a 8 port switch on each floor then branches of 50 interconnecting devices, but I've been called an idiot!!!
    So my real question I suppose is "what's the simplest way to lay out this complex network?". How can I creat a network tree down to each device? Can I install a switch on each floor at a central location and then branch off a selection of smaller switches (maybe 10 x 26 port switches out on the floor, back to one switch per floor) and then each floor switch back to a server???

    Tricky one I think
  2. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Mar 30, 2008
    Not sure if you've already got this problem solved. But to start off with any network design is to diagram the topology. Which means a logical diagram on how the devices will be wired/connected to each other. Many issues with network designs and troubleshooting can be attributed to a lack of network documentation.
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