Gigabit Switch vs FastEthernet Switch - when do I need?
Iīm wondering when do you know you need a gigabit switch (for all ports). Currently, I have a D-Link 3526 switch ( http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=330 ) and I was thinking about buying a new switch, however I found out gigabit switches are really expensive, and maybe I donīt need one. Currently, I donīt have NAS, just standalone servers. They donīt interact much with each other (just backup at 4:00 AM +/-) and Iīm currently using about 25Mbps in my uplink port to the outside.
Should I change my switch?
Is gigabit really worth it?
When do you know a switch isnīt enough for your needs?
Iīm wondering when do you know you need a gigabit switch (for all ports).
Quite simple. You need a gigabit switch when you need to push 1Gbps per port instead of 100Mbps per port. Based on your description, it sounds like you really don't need a gigabit switch. However, if you plan to expand your internet traffic from 25Mbps to 100Mbps+, you may want to get a switch that has one or more gigabit uplinks to support the growth. A fast ethernet switch with a gigabit uplink will be significantly cheaper than an actual gigabit switch.
Yes, it has SNMP and I´m graphing its usage using Cacti.
My DLink switch already has two gigabit uplink ports. From what I understand, I believe it must be capable of standing an higher switching capacity. I´m far away from needing 1Gbps per port, currently I have about 12 servers each one requiring about 2 to 6 Mbps per port.
So, I should not have to change the switch until I get a server that requires about 50-70Mbps per port, right?