I am looking into holding regular professional level video game tournaments and would like to be able to start by having at least 20 spots on my network for players as well as 3 for game servers and spectators.
I feel that it would be best to stay with a product that offers either 24 or 48 port 10/100/1000, but I have never worked with networks larger than 4 wired devices. This network will be used primarily for users who bring their own PC, however may occasionally be used for other gaming consoles such as X-Box 360 or Playstation 3.
Are there any products that I should keep an eye out for? How much should I be looking to invest in network gear? Is wireless as bad of an idea as my instincts tell me it is?